Overflowing Drainfield: What Can You Do About It?

If your drainfield keeps backing up with smelly wastewater after you've tried everything possible to prevent it from doing so, take action today. Your septic system can't work efficiently or properly without a healthy drainfield. But if your drainfield constantly backs up with waste, it can make everything in and around your home unsafe. Learn what you can do about your backed up drainfield below.

What's Making Your Drainfield Overflow?

Septic tanks are designed to break down, process, and hold three types of waste: scum, liquid sewage, and solid sewage. Your septic tank is physically capable of processing half of the solid sewage that enters it. The other half of solid waste sinks to the bottom of the tank until you or a contractor physically remove it. However, some household products and chemicals can block your septic tank over time and force waste into your drainfield.

Once your drainfield overfills with waste, it can eventually leak. The drainfield's contents can push back into the septic tank, or the waste can spill out of the drainfield itself. Grass growing over and around your drainfield will thrive in the unsanitary conditions. The grass over your drainfield shouldn't be as lush or green as the grass covering the rest of your property. 

Lush grass, odors, and stagnant water are just a few things that can happen when your drainfield backs up and leaks. Your drainfield can also affect your home's plumbing. You can keep your drainfield from overflowing and causing other issues by repairing it. 

Is It Possible to Repair Your Drainfield?

In order to unclog your drainfield permanently, you'll need to contact a contractor for help. A contractor will need to clean out your septic tank and drainage lines before they take care of your drainfield. Your drainfield won't clear up until these components are clean. 

If your drainfield hasn't completely failed, a contractor can remove the top layer of sludge from the field. A contractor can now treat the field with beneficial bacteria and other organisms. The new bacteria will need time to "aerate" the water so that it breaks down waste properly. It may take some time for your drainfield to fully recover from its ordeal. A contractor may monitor and check the field for you to ensure that it recovers properly.

If the treatments above can't salvage some or all of your drainfield, consider a replacement. A contractor can discuss the replacement process with you during your appointment.

Don't wait until your overflowing drainfield fails completely. Contact a contractor for your septic tank drainfield repair needs today.