Leach field also known as the drain field is one of the most crucial components of a septic system. As the waste from your toilets and sinks flows towards the septic system, the solids present in the waste accumulates in the tank, while the liquids move further towards the leach field. A small fault in the leach field can affect the entire mechanism of the septic system. In such a case, the task of locating the leach field can add up to your existing frustration. If lucky, the task may take only a few minutes or else it may also require you to spend the entire day.
The ones with an old septic system need to be extra careful, as the rough edges of the tank may turn out to be a serous cause of injury. If anything like this takes place, immediately rush to your doctor and get the necessary medical treatment to prevent an infection. While locating the leach field, the first thing to do is to get in touch with your local sewer authority and ask for the drawing of the septic system you own. If your system is not too old, they will surely have your copy on file. In case they do not have, you will have to make some extra efforts. It will be wise to hire a professional to take up the task of locating the leach field.
However, if you intend to do it yourself, the first thing you will have to do is look for a damp or a wet area around the place where you suspect the leach field to be. Usually, the line that connects the septic tank to your home is mainly 10 feet to 40 feet in length. This is just an approximation. The actual length of the line depends on the area that you live in. You can also use a skinny rod or a probe to detect the region where the drain field actually lies. However, in the process, make sure that you do not damage the leach field. Mark all the areas where you come across segments of the drain field pipe.
Inspect the grasses and other small shrubs growing on your property. Generally, the plants covering leach field receive comparatively more amount of water than the ones present elsewhere on your property. The effects are clearly visible. Check out for the areas where the plants grow faster. Usually, the area where the leach field is located turns green quickly during the springs.
Examine every area of your property thoroughly during the snowmelt. Due to the heat present in the wastewater, the ice accumulated over the drain field tends to melt down at a very quicker pace.
Even after putting in huge amount of efforts, some people are unable to find out the exact location of the leach field. If you find yourself in such a situation, contact a professional. Some of these professionals may charge you a hefty fee. Therefore, make a good amount of research and only then choose a professional that you feel is affordable and highly experienced at the same time.