What is a Leach Line?
Where are my leach lines?
How do I know if my leach lines are no longer working?
As described on our page tittles Septic Basics the root of most septic problems is related to leach line failure. Many people believe their leach lines are broken, but in reality they simply stop working properly. Leach lines are built to drain excess water from the septic system into the soil. Leach lines are not meant to handle solids because solids clog up the holes in the pipe that drain the water into the gravel.
Indications of a failed leach field are:
- Waste water drains slowly from the bathroom or kitchen fixtures
- Sewage is backing up into the home, or puddling on the surface of the ground.
- If the soil seems “spongy” near the septic tank. This may be caused by water and waste being pushed to ground level.
- Ponding water
- Sewage smell outside
- Sewage smell inside the house after using a lot of water. (showers, laundry)
How to fix a failed leach line?