How Trees Ruin Your Septic Drain Field

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How Trees Ruin Your Septic Drain Field

A septic tank is an underground system that operates on the waste it receives. It is easy to think since the pipes are underground, there won’t be much that can harm the system. However, sometimes things beyond your control can affect the health of your septic drain field, such as trees.

In this blog post, our professionals from Septic Blue of Raleigh will be discussing 4 ways that trees can negatively impact your septic drain field and what you can do about it.

The Negatives

The first negative is that the roots of a tree can damage drain field pipes. The roots of trees and other plants can grow deep into the ground in search of moisture and nutrients. If they happen to come into contact with your septic drain field pipes, they can cause serious damage. The roots can grow around or even through the pipes, causing them to become blocked or even rupture. This can result in the need for a costly septic tank repair. To avoid this, when installing your septic system, steer clear of trees.

The second is prying open cracks. If you have trees with deep root systems located near your septic drain field, they can absorb a significant amount of water from the pipes. The way this happens is when there is a slight crack on your pipe, the tree can detect the water there. This causes the tree to go to the source of the water and make its way through. This can make it difficult for waste water to properly drain from your septic tank.

The third is creating blockages. When a tree’s roots sense a crack, they quickly grow inside the pipe to gather all the water they can. This can often create a blockage inside the pipe which won’t let your septic system work properly. The result of this can be a back-up in your pipes or the worst case, which is flooding in your home.

The fourth is the shade a tree provides. As shade from a tree isn’t much of a huge problem, too much of it can be an issue for your septic drain field. The bacteria in your septic system needs sunlight to function properly and break down waste. If your drain field is shaded by trees, it can negatively impact the health of your septic system.

Prevention

With these 4 negative ways, you may be thinking how you can prevent trees from negatively impacting your septic drain field. Luckily, we have tips for you!

An important tip is to keep a safe distance from trees. If there is a tree nearby your septic installation area, install the system somewhere else. If you are also planting trees on your property, make sure it is not near your system. This will help prevent their roots from coming into contact with your pipes and causing damage. A good rule of thumb is to plant trees at least 10 feet away from your drain field.

Another tip is regular maintenance. Regular septic tank pumping and maintenance can help prevent problems with your septic system caused by trees. By keeping your septic tank in good working order, you can help ensure that it continues to function properly, even if you have trees in the area.

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