If you’re new to home ownership or using a septic system, a drain field installation can feel overwhelming at first. You might be tempted to sit back, cross your fingers, and let the pros do their job.
While you can trust skilled septic technicians to do just that, it’s still crucial to be involved in the process. It’s even more important to make the most of your drain field installation by treating it as a learning experience. This type of proactive approach will only improve the way you handle and care for the system over time.
Here are six tips to get you started:
Ask Questions — Lots of Them
This is the simplest (and most effective) way to make the best of the process. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, especially if you’ve never owned or used a septic system. By actively communicating with your technician, you can clear up any confusion and concerns from the get-go.
Understand How Drain Fields Fail
On a similar note, take the time to understand why drain fields fail. It’s also wise to recognize how your family’s habits can affect the integrity of your drain field. With this knowledge, you can better understand how to properly care for the area over time.
Make Copies of the Installation Plans
Ideally, you’ll already have a copy of the installation plan. But it’s worth going the extra mile and making a few extra copies. You never know when another party — like the next property owner, local government, or septic technician — will require one.
Mark the Drain Field
After a drain field installation, it can be difficult to locate the area. Make it easy for yourself by adding a marker. Basic objects, like stones around the drain field, work well. Not only does this make it easy to find, but it reminds others to take care around the area too.
It’s best to avoid trees or bushes, though. The roots can damage the pipes in the drain field. Any trees or bushes should be planted at least 10 feet from the area.
If you’re not sure how to mark the drain field, ask your septic technician for recommendations.
Find Out Your Septic Pumping Schedule
Remember, the drain field isn’t a stand-alone area. Since it’s connected to the tank, the wellbeing of the tank determines the wellbeing of the drain field. Routine septic pumping ensures that solid waste doesn’t build up in either area and cause problems.
During your drain field and septic tank installation, be sure to discuss your recommended pumping schedule. This will depend on various factors, including your household size and septic tank capacity.
Work with Experienced Septic Technicians
Always work with a professional septic service like Paradise Valley Septic. When your drain field is installed by an experienced company, you’ll feel confident knowing that it’s done right. Furthermore, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and receive personalized guidance.
Contact Paradise Valley Septic Today
Without a healthy drain field, your septic system will ultimately fail. That’s why it’s worth making the most of the drain field installation.
Of course, you can count on Paradise Valley Septic to handle it all. But as a homeowner, you are welcome to ask questions and get involved with the planning process. In fact, we encourage it!