Septic System Drainfield Repair & Drainfield Jetting
Serving Vancouver WA | Portland OR
If you’re a homeowner on a septic system, nothing when it comes to repairs to your homes septic system is easy, and worse yet getting news that your septic systems drainfield is failing is just about the worst news possible. If you’ve been told that you have no options except to dig up your existing drainfield and have it replaced, please read on. Many homeowners don’t realize there’s drastically less expensive options for septic system drainfield repair to have it last years longer.
First – How Septic Drainfields Work
In order to understand your options, understanding how a septic system drain field works can be helpful. Drainfields, sometimes referred to as leach fields are used to remove impurities from waste water after they have been passed through the septic systems tanks. After waste water passes through a septic systems tank(s), waste water is distributed though a series of perforated pipes in the drainfield. These perforated pipes allow the waste water to escape a few, to several feet underground being filtered through sand and gravel placed initially by the septic system contractor. This combination of sand and gravel filters the water water of impurities, which then allows the water to be returned to the water table tens of feet below the surface.
Options to Repair Your Drainfield
The first option is fairly obvious, and if you’re here you’ve probably already been told you need to have your septic system drain field replaced, but that is not always the case, and in our experience replacement of the drain field is always the last resort, as it’s the most expensive.
What is happening with your septic drainfield?
If your experiencing ground level saturation, unfortunately this is a tell-tale sign that your septic field can not accept anymore waste water for filtration. In many cases, this does point to having to relocate or restore your septic drainfield. If your ground level soil is not saturated, this can point to clogs in your drainfields perforated piping. This is actually much better news than the above scenario as many times to points to the very real possibility that your drain tubes are clogged. When these drain tubes are clogged, waste water has a hard time getting to the filtering process, and as a result the entire septic system can backup because of this failure. These septicfield drain tubes can become clogged from many different items. Age of the septic system, misuse of the system such as overuse of garbage disposals, or toilet paper not designed for septic systems are often culprits.
Blockages caused by line breaks, deteriorated piping, or even plugged holes in the piping caused by soil and sand can be other causes for septic system backups.
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Cost Effective Options For Septic Drainfield System Repair & Rejuvenation
Understanding that you have options when it comes to repairing your septic drainfield is the first step. Always get a second opinion from a reputable company, even if you have ground level saturation and are looking at replacing your septic field. But if you don’t have ground level saturation, give us a call to schedule an inspection and assessment of your drainfields situation. Pacific Plumbing and Drain has years of experience in helping home owners save thousands of dollars on unnecessary drainfield repairs by offering options that are significantly less expensive and can prolong the life of your drainfield for years to come.
Septic Drainfield Line Jetting
If your septic drain field is clogged, Pacific Plumbing and Drain can located your perforated lines, dig up the distribution box and junctions and perform line jetting on the field to open the drain holes in the piping. If clogged piping is your issue, we have found that this corrects more than 90% of drainfield issues we’ve experienced over the years. It should be noted that we do not guarantee that line jetting will work in all cases, but we will be honest in our professional assessment and let you our expectation of success before any work is completed.
Septic Line Locating and Broken Line Replacement
Pacific Plumbing and Drain can locate the septic field lines, and even perform video inspections on the lines to determine if only sections need to be replaced, instead of the entire field. Overloading a septic drain field that as little as one or two broken or damaged lines can cause septic backups as well. Again, we do not guarantee this service works on all cases, but have has over 90% success in the cases we’ve repaired.