Rejuvenating Your Leach Field: An Important Aspect Of Septic Tank Care

When you have a septic tank, you should be aware that additional maintenance and monitoring of the tank and its components is required in order to ensure that your septic tank doesn't run into any problems, causing you stress and panic. One of the ways that you can avoid problems is by proper rejuvenation of your leach field.

What Is Rejuvenation?

Rejuvenation is the process of reclaiming your current drain or leach field area to improve the function, capability, and efficiency of the field. Field rejuvenation is a relatively new concept in the septic industry that is rapidly gaining momentum as the preferred method of solving challenges associated with field failure.

Rejuvenation is economically desirable and environmentally friendly. There are variety methods that are currently being used in rejuvenating septic drain fields. All of the methods use a process that will add oxygen into the drain field. Some methods add the oxygen to the septic tank, allowing it to move slowly into the field, while others add oxygen directly to the field.

Why Should You Rejuvenate?

There are several reasons to rejuvenate a field. The most attractive reason is to take advantage of the costs savings offered through rejuvenation over replacing and creating a new field. Not only does the rejuvenation have a significant cost savings; it is also quicker. Rejuvenation of a field usually takes a single day or less.

Besides being faster, rejuvenation almost always utilizes smaller and lighter equipment that protects your landscaping. When an entire new field has to be created to replace the existing field, heavy construction equipment is used that can damage landscape. Because the undertaking of a new field is labor and equipment intensive, it takes several days to complete. If your drain field has become clogged or failed in some way, it is essential to explore your rejuvenation options as this will be the most efficient and economical option in restoring the field.

The best time to rejuvenate a field is before you observe problems or failure with your system. By rejuvenating your field proactively, you will prevent concerns about failure and ensure the continued smooth operation of your system. Choosing to rejuvenate a field is a good environmental choice that contributes to cleaner air and water. When rejuvenated, a drain field can filter out the impurities that are found in the water leaving the septic tank. In addition to filtering better, water flow in the soil is increased, which prevents water back up or surface ponding over the leach field area.

Additional Suggestions:

  • Rejuvenation is best performed before the ground freeze occurs in colder climates as the soil is more permeable and easier to work with in warmer temperatures.
  • While rejuvenation is an excellent option for restoring most drain fields, not all fields can be restored and replacement is sometimes necessary.
  • While chemicals can be purchased at most hardware stores and added to a septic system, there is still some debate about their effectiveness and impacts on the environment in the leaching field.
  • Make sure that you get your septic tank pumped regularly, as well as rejuvenating your leach field, in order to prevent any untimely backups.

You can choose to try and rejuvenate your leach field yourself if you have worked with septic tanks and are comfortable with different chemicals and are aware of the concentrations in which they should be used. However, hiring a septic tank pumping service is a much easier method to rejuvenate your leach field.

These companies are trained professionals and will do the job right, as well as get the job done much more quickly than you can. Regardless of if you choose the DIY route, or hire a professional, you should ensure that you do not neglect to rejuvenate in order to prevent costly accidents.