Septic Drain Field Atlanta

Metro Atlanta and Athens

If you notice any of the following signs of a potential failure of your septic drain field or if you suspect your septic system may be having problems, contact Affordable Septic Service  right away to discuss and schedule an inspection.

  • Odors, surfacing sewage, or wet spots in the septic drain field area or infiltrator system.
  • Plumbing or septic tank backups (often a black liquid with a disagreeable odor).
  • Slow draining fixtures.
  • Gurgling sounds in the plumbing system.
  • If you have a well and tests show the presence of (bacteria) or nitrates, your drain field may be failing.
  • Standing liquid over the drain field, even during dry weather. This may indicate an excessive amount of effluent is moving up through the soil, instead of downward.

If your Septic System is Failing there is 3 Steps you have to take to ensure the problem will be fixed correctly.

County Inspection Permit

The most common indicator of septic system failure is a wet area on your property above the absorption field, often accompanied by a sewage odor. This may indicate a need for system replacement. Other indicators are water backing up in the house or slow flushing toilets. If you have concerns that your system is having problems, contact a licensed septic tank contractor at Affordable Septic Service.  Our staff will be able to obtain a inspection permit with the county you live in. Here at Affordable we understand that you have a enough to deal with the issues that are already present so please let Affordable Septic Service lend a helping hand.

Requested Soil Report

Soil is the most important factor in determining whether a septic system will work properly and protect the environment. The soil acts as a filter, which cleans all the waste water you generate before it enters the ground water. Physical, biological, and chemical processes occur in the soil to treat the waste. Not all soils are good for septic absorption fields and only a soil report will determine suitability. A licensed and certified soil classifier performs a soil report. When a soil classifier takes core samples of the ground, he/she can give a good assessment of what the soil characteristics are down to six feet. Is there bedrock, or a water table that will interfere with aseptic system? Will the ground properly drain (percolate) at 3-4 ft.? Is this type of soil adequate for installing septic absorption fields? These questions must be answered before any construction can take place on a non-sewer property.  Affordable Septic Service work with only the best licensed and certified soil classifier in Metro Atlanta. Don’t worry about stopping your daily life to find soil engineers when you can call Affordable Septic Service to do all of the leg work for you.

Infiltrator Field Lines

The drain field is a network of perforated pipes (or “laterals”) laid in gravel-filled trenches or beds. After solids settle in the septic tan, the liquid waste water (or effluent) is discharged, either by gravity or pressure to an absorption field, which is also known as the drain field and/or leach field. NOTE: In most gravity systems the waste water first flows into the distribution box or the tee, which then disburses the effluent equally among the trenches in the drain field, which is where the final treatment takes place.

Effluent trickles out of the pipes, through the gravel layer, and into the soil where further treatment occurs. The soil filters the was the water as it passes (or “percolates”) through the pore spaces and the soil microbes treat it before it eventually enters the groundwater. These processes work best where the soil is somewhat try, permeable, and contains plenty of oxygen for several feet below the drain field. The drain field is generally located in a stretch of lawn in the back or side yard of the property. The size and type of drain field depends on the estimated daily waste water flow and local soil conditions.