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How to Diagnose a Clogging Failure of the Septic Drainfield

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Diagnose the cause of soakbed or leachfield failure:

This article explains how to detect and diagnose a clogging failure of the septic drainfield or leachfield as one of the 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.



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Evidence of Septic System Effluent Disposal or Drain Clogging Failures

Septic effluent runs out of the system, across rocks, down the hill (C) D Friedmah

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In simplest terms, there are several visible septic effluent or onsite wastewater disposal failures accompanied by several other indicators that the soakaway bed, drainfield, or leaching beds are in trouble:

Algae at a lake shore traced to failed septic system (C) Daniel Friedman

Understand the Cause of Septic Field Failure to Determine What Repair is Needed

Septic drainfield cross section sketch

Typical causes of septic system disposal field failure range from things that are easy and cheap to repair, to a need for complete system replacement:

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