Your drainfield is the most important part of your septic system. All the water used in the house eventually makes it to the drainfield — so if your drainfield doesn’t work, neither will your septic system.
A typical drainfield is made of pipe and gravel. Water exits the septic tank into the drainfield via the pipe, then drips into the gravel through small holes in the pipe. The gravel and soil beneath the trenches cleans the wastewater more before it enters the groundwater supply.
If your drainfield is failing, roto-rootering the pipes of the drainfield may allow for some temporary relief, but it is usually not a permanent solution (if it works at all).
In an older septic system, a failing drainfield will likely have to be replaced instead of repaired; and in the rocky and clay soils of San Antonio and the Hill Country this may require an entirely new system.
Although roto-rootering is best performed by a plumber, Van Delden Wastewater Systems specializes in septic system repairs and installations.
Not sure whether you need a plumber or a septic specialist? We offer free phone consultations to help you make the best decisions regarding your septic system’s health. There’s no sales pitches, just answers — we promise.