What You Need to Know About the Septic System Drainfield

The topic of drainage and septic systems is not one that typically comes up at the dinner table.But, it’s a topic everyone who has a septic system should be aware of. The water and waste in your home depend solely on this system to get flushed out. And when the system is clogged, broken, or needs cleaning, it can become messy quickly. If you ever find yourself in one of these scenarios, keep Metro-Rooters in mind. Our team services Jacksonville and Orange Park with expertise.

What is a Septic System?

The septic system is your alternative to having your home or business on the public sewer system. Instead of being connected to the rest of the city, you have an onsite water treatment system. These systems are different and built differently from company to company. However, some of the materials commonly used are concrete, fiberglass, and polyethylene. The main idea
of the system is to get rid of the wastewater in a home or business.

Additionally, the system’s design is built to filter out the liquids and solids. It all starts in the home or business’s sewage line that connects to the septic tank. Once in the tank, the liquid waste rises to the top of the septic tank while the solids sink. Then, the waste is sent out through these outlet lines. The system then can distribute everything appropriately and ensure the liquid gets sent out to the fields. The septic system itself is very advanced and sorts everything expertly.

Drain field and Leach Field: Same Meaning, Different Terms

When discussing septic systems, the terminology can be a lot, especially if you are no expert. If there’s one thing Floridians are good at, it’s creating new terms for different things. One word, in particular, is drain field. You may know a drain field as a leach field; however, in Florida, we often hear and say drain field. Both mean the same thing and are critical components of any septic system.

How Does The Septic System Function?

However, if you are unfamiliar with what a drain field is and what it does, let us break it down for you. The wastewater in your home or business will flood into the septic tank. Once there, it goes ahead and gets flown into the drain field, otherwise called leach field. The drain field will then go ahead and have the wastewater distributed across all of the leach lines. The system does not do this randomly. There is a method to the madness, making these systems more sophisticated than most think.

The key to this system functioning effectively is the septic tank and the drain field being size related. Essentially, if the septic tank is large, you need to have a larger drain field. The reason is that you need the drain field to hold the water that is getting sent out. Another rule of thumb is to keep the drain field away from any source of drinking water or standing water. The
wastewater is being treated and disposed of with this system. The last thing you want to do is have it interfere in any way with other bodies of water.

All in all, you want your septic system, from the distribution box to the drain field, to be built the right way. The system can help when it comes to water and wastewater in many ways. But you do not want to see surrounding soil, water, and other pure areas tainted with the wastewater. With the Metro-Rooters team, you can have peace of mind that your septic system gets built correctly. We are also here to help when you have any issues or clogs related to the system.