Updated: Feb 12, 2020
We are so glad you are here! Our hope is that you find our site helpful and informative - and maybe a bit intriguing as well. Drain fields are our passion. From restoration to replacement; we are committed to helping residents, business owners, and municipalities, maintain their private wastewater treatment systems throughout lower Michigan. While a lot of people use septic tanks and drain fields every day (estimated at over 1.6 million in Michigan alone!), not many understand how they work, or why they are so important.
What is a drain field?
Drain fields (also referred to as leach fields) are used in conjunction with septic tanks for private wastewater treatment - this means they are not hooked up to a public sewer system. Anything that goes into a drain; including toilets, laundry/dish washers, kitchen/bath sinks, showers and tubs, goes directly into the septic tank. The septic tank acts as a holding tank for all of the solids and waste. The drainfield takes on the wastewater (known as effluent) that rises to the top of the septic tank and when working correctly, slowly percolates - or 'drains' - the effluent into the ground surrounding the drain field. This is an eco-friendly way to distribute waste water in a way that is not harmful to the soil or ground water. The only thing your drainfield should take on is effluent, anything else can cause blockages and failure of the system.
Why are drain fields so important?
Drain fields are a critical part of keeping Michigan's soil, lakes/rivers/streams, and ground water safe and healthy. If a drain field is not working properly it can leach harmful pathogens into the ground. It is also important to remember that whatever is put into drains goes into your septic tank and drain field, and eventually into the ground. This includes drugs and chemicals which can be very harmful to the earth. Unlike city sewer systems which collect the wastewater and treat it before sending it back into circulation; it is solely up to the owners of drain fields to make sure they are maintaining, caring for, and protecting the ground around them.
Whether you are looking for help with your failed (or failing) drain field, or you would just like to make sure you are maintaining your system properly - we are here to help! Contact us today to find out how we can help you do your part to protect Michigan's water and soil.