What is a Drainage Field?

 A septic tank drain field is different from a soakaway. Find out more about soakaways here.

Septic Drainage fields are constructed entirely underground. They are a form of soakaway that get rid of any foul waste water dispersed from your septic tank, removing it from your property. A drain field is a series of trenches that contain perforated pipes and gravel or stone materials that are covered by a layer of soil to deter animals from accessing the wastewater and getting sick.

A drainage field has two functions:

  • To allow infiltration of treated/partially treated waste into the ground at a controlled rate.
  • To allow further treatment of septic tank waste before it reaches groundwater level.

Septic tanks are only allowed to discharge waste water to the ground via a drainage field. Septic tanks that discharge wastewater to watercourses are illegal and in breach of environmental law. Being in breach means that environmental law will eventually leave operators liable to large fines for the pollution of surface water.

Drainage Field Design and Construction

The construction of drainage fields must only be carried out by qualified and competent contractors, such as ASL Drainage. We work in accordance with septic tank drainage field regulations and ensure that your drainage field is designed and installed to suit your individual requirements.

Drain Field Maintenance

Generally, your drain field should not need maintenance for around 20 years. However, drainage fields can become clogged over time and this stops the system from working efficiently. If you have an old drainage field that isn’t working well, it may be time to carry out some well-needed maintenance. To maintain your drain field, the pipes should be cleaned, removed or replaced. To keep your drainage field working, reduce potential problems by avoiding plants and trees being added to the field. This will allow your drain field to work to full effect without any problems.

What Do We Offer at ASL Drainage?

  • We comply with regulations
  • New soakaway installation
  • Free estimates
  • System design
  • Problem diagnosis
  • Percolation tests

Here at ASL Drainage, we will provide you with the best system suitable for your requirements. Our services include the design, installation, maintenance and repairs of your private system. No job is too big or too small, we cater for all buildings. Our drainage specialists are available for any advice you may need to support the effective working of your system.

Call ASL Drainage Today

If you would like a soakaway or a drainage field added to your property, call ASL Drainage. Our drain specialists are available to answer any questions you may have and offer the best advice for your property and personal requirements. We would be more than happy to discuss your needs with you.

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