Waste water exits your septic tank and goes into the drain field, where it’s further treated by the soil. The partially treated water is discharged into the drain field every time new waste water enters the septic tank. If there’s a problem with drain field installation or it becomes overloaded with excessive liquid, flooding will occur. The sewage will flow to ground surface or cause backups in your plumbing fixtures, preventing the treatment of all waste water.
In many states, drain field installation requires a reserve field. This would be an area on your property with an additional drain field in case the main one fails.
As mentioned, the final treatment of the waste water occurs when it percolates in the soil. It is here that the harmful viruses and bacteria are removed. However, the soil must be suitable for this to happen.
If the soil in your area is unsuitable for a typical septic tank, you may need an alternative system. Also, an alternative may be needed if there are too many homes with septic tanks in the area, or the systems are too close to surface waters or groundwater. Check with a licensed plumber or your local health department for more information about maintenance and running costs if you need an alternative system.
At Liberty Plumbing and Septic, we offer a full range of residential and commercial services, including septic problems and drain field installation. We serve Brandon, Plant City, Haines City, Lake Wales, Poinciana, and Tampa, Florida, as well as Hillsborough, Pasco and Osceola Counties. Contact us today for more information.