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How to Inspect the Soil Absorption System or Septic Drainfield for Evidence of Septic System Failure

  • SEPTIC DRAINFIELD INSPECTION & TEST - CONTENTS: Drainfield or soakaway bed inspection & test methods: types of septic system drain field or leach bed failure, how to detect & diagnose drainfield failures, wet spots, odors. Cause of septic system component failures; Definitions of septic failure for each componen. List of Articles Describing Causes & Detection of Septic System Failures
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This article discusses types of septic system failure in the drain field, leach field, seepage bed, or similar component. We list the causes of each type of septic component failure, and list the septic component failure criteria or in other words what conditions are defined as "failure"?

How can you distinguish between a blocked pipe, a septic tank that needs pumping, and a clogged drainfield that needs replacement? This is an important question as it distinguishes between relatively low cost maintenance or repair task and a costly septic leach field replacement. We also discuss what can be planted over and near a septic drainfield and what should be avoided.



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Absorption Field Failure Causes of drainfields and leaching beds

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Here are the causes of soakaway bed or disposal field failures:

Soil Absorption System Failure Criteria

Also see CLOGGED DRAIN DIAGNOSIS & REPAIR where we include in table form: DRAIN DRAINFIELD DIAGNOSTIC TABLE.

Also see SEWER BACKUP PREVENTION.

And to repair drain clogs, see BLOCKED DRAIN REPAIR METHODS.

To understand why a drainfield or soakaway bed ultimately clogs up and stops working also see SEPTIC BIOMATS.

Septic Drainfield Failure Inspection Articles

These pages are part of our SEPTIC DYE TEST PROCEDURE for testing septic system function.

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Or see PLUMBING DRAIN NOISE DIAGNOSIS

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