Down to Earth Construction Services have been contacted for a leachfield repair by a customer in Seekonk, MA who has noticed a strong odor of sewage in their leachfield area. Other indications of a leachfield problem can be dampness of the soil above the leachfield, lush vegetation over the leachfield, frequent pumping of the tank, and/or slow drains.
Leachfields fail for two primary reasons. The main reason is referred to as biological clogging. This is the development of a biomat beneath the leachfield that eventually prevents the liquid or effluent from entering the underlying soil. This biomat is a combination of fine organic solids that have been carried out of the septic tank and the remnants of anaerobic bacteria. These bacteria originate in the human intestinal tract and enter the septic system with the waste products. 95% of all leachfield failures are biological.
The second primary reason is referred to as a mechanical failure. This could be a structural collapse of the leach field piping or chambers, root intrusion, or fine non-organic materials that are washed down to the bottom of the leachfield and seal the soil. In this instance, we are able to repair the mechanical failure that was caused when the property owner drove heavy machinery over their leach field.
If you are concerned that you require a septic repair or if you have questions about your septic system, please do contact our Norton office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com