Drain Field Repair
and Replacement

Imagine driving down the Interstate and seeing 100 tractor-trailer Tanker semis, bumper to bumper in the right-hand lane, carrying 6,000 gallons each. This equals 600,000 gallons. A 3 or 4 bedroom home also consumes 5,000 gallons of water a month (on average.) Over the course of 10 years, this will equal 600,000 gallons. Your septic tank pretreats an average of this every 10 years on-demand, introducing the wastewater to the soils on the property where the drain field has been installed.


A properly installed drain field can work for many years, but it will not do what it is designed to do forever!

Q

When or Why You Would Need To Repair or Replace:

  • Slow drains (persistent back up)

  • Wastewater surfacing to ground level

  • Over taxing (excessive water consumption) to an undersized septic system

  • Large trees causing root infiltration stopping the ability of the water to flow into the drain field system adequately

  • Building additions to the property (out buildings, garages, swimming pools, etc.)

Repair/Replacement Process

Preliminary
Actions

- Initial visit to the property
- Soil test procedure (3-4 days)
- Health Department permit application/permit issued (3-4 days)
*Process may vary in time frame due to Health Department protocol

Scheduled
Install

- Technician orders material to be delivered
- Transporting the equipment to the property

Repair/Replacement Takes Place

- Health Department permit determines where on the property and how deep the installation is required
- The technician schedules the final inspection from the Health Department, once the system is approved to be covered up, then the technician begins to backfill the installation to a rough construction grade

* The State of Georgia Public Health Department has installation and repair codes. Each individual County Health Department can exceed the State's minimum code for septic field line installation, repair, or replacement.