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May 25, 2024

The drain field, also known as a leach field, is an integral part of a septic system used to treat the wastewater that flows out of the septic tank before it seeps back into the ground. It consists of a series of perforated pipes buried underground. When you’re installing a septic system, it’s important to choose the right drain field size to ensure the whole system functions properly. An undersized drain field simply can’t handle the volume of wastewater your house produces. That’s why it’s important to work with professional septic technicians who specialize in septic tank installation. The experts will evaluate soil permeability, household size, and water usage and install the right drain field size for your needs.

Here at Rooter Man Plumbing, we specialize in drain field installation, septic tank repair, and other septic services. Our septic technicians understand what goes into choosing the right drain field side.

Reasons To Choose The Right Drain Field Size

  • Prevent Overflow and Environmental Contamination: A drain field that's too small simply can't handle the volume of wastewater your house produces. This leads to overflow, causing raw sewage to back up into your drains or pool around the drain field. This is not only unsanitary but can also contaminate nearby water sources, like wells or streams. Apart from choosing the right drain size, it’s important to keep up with septic tank pumping to avoid overflowing and blockages.
  • Ensure Proper Wastewater Treatment: A properly sized drain field allows for the even distribution and treatment of wastewater. The wastewater slowly filters through the soil, where it's naturally broken down by bacteria. An undersized drain field doesn't allow enough time or space for this process to occur effectively, leaving partially treated wastewater in the ground.
  • Prevent System Failure and Costly Repairs: The stress of an overloaded drain field can damage your entire septic system. This can lead to expensive repairs and replacements down the line. A properly sized drain field ensures your septic system functions smoothly and efficiently for years to come.
  • Protect Your Property Value: A failing septic system can be a major turn-off for potential buyers and significantly decrease your property value. A healthy septic system can be a major selling point when the time comes to sell your home.

Factors Affecting Drain Field Size

  • Soil Permeability: The percolation rate of your soil is a major factor when determining the drain field size. Slower-draining soils require a larger drain field to accommodate the slower wastewater absorption rate.
  • Household Size: The number of bedrooms in your house is an indicator of wastewater volume. More bedrooms typically translate to a larger drain field.
  • Water Usage: Homes with features like multiple bathrooms, dishwashers, or jetted tubs may require a larger drain field due to increased wastewater output.
  • Regulations and Codes: Local regulations and septic system codes will dictate minimum drain field size requirements based on your location and factors like household size. A professional septic company will be familiar with these regulations.
  • Future Plans: If you anticipate adding bedrooms or increasing water usage in the future, it may be wise to factor that potential increase into your drain field size requirements.

Need Help With Drain Field Installation Or Repair? Call Rooter Man Plumbing For Professional Services

As we’ve already mentioned, a properly sized drain field will keep your septic system in good working condition and extend its lifespan. Hiring a professional septic company to help you install a drain field can make the difference between a properly functioning septic system and a failing system. Rooter Man Plumbing is the company you can trust for all of your septic service needs, including septic installations, septic tank cleaning, and more.


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