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septic tank floridaA drain field, also sometimes referred to as a leach field, is an extremely important aspect of how waste is disposed of from your home if you live in an area where you might not have access to a proper sewage system. Examples of situations where such a thing might occur are if you live outside of a city or municipality and are thus not under the jurisdiction of the type of local government that would offer you access to a sewage system. You might live in a rural area where there are no places where sewage lines could be accessed, or you might just be using a septic tank because it is environmentally more friendly and you are able to use it because you do not live in a big city and thus have the room to use a septic tank and a drain field.

Drain fields are what the waste from septic tanks leaches into. This waste is processed and sanitary for the most part, that is unless the septic tank in question is not regularly checked up and maintained in which case the waste probably won’t be processed properly and would thus be causing a lot of environmental problems.

If the septic tank is not maintained properly, the drain field or leach field can end up becoming a serious hazard. It can cause health problems to the people that are living in the area that the septic tank serves, with a high risk for a number of illnesses such as malaria as well as infections that could seriously endanger the lives of the people that depend on the septic tank in order to have a way to dispose of their waste in a manner that is as sanitary as possible without access to a proper sewage system.

The land that is used to create a drain field can’t just be any random plot in the middle of nowhere. No, the land that is used must conform to a number of very important standards, standards that have been set by governments and agencies. These standards have been put into place to ensure two main things. The first of these things is that the drain field does not end up damaging the environment. The waste that is leached into this drain field can be extremely harmful for the surrounding soil and could possibly end up completely wrecking very delicate ecosystems. These ecosystems can be unbalanced quite easily, so in order to ensure that they remain in perfect harmony and continue to thrive the drain field must consist of soil that either would not be damaged at all by the waste that is leached into it or is at the very least significantly resistant to any negative effects that this waste might end up having.

Additionally, it must be ensured that the drain field would not cause any health problems whatsoever. People usually live fairly close to a septic tank so it must be ensured that these people would not fall sick due to the fact that there is a drain field into which a great deal of waste is being leached. It must be absolutely certain that the drain field will not result in the spreading of any diseases or bacteria that could cause diseases. If drain field were not so well regulated, there could be complete and utter chaos caused by them. People would be getting sick, environments and ecosystems would end up utterly destroyed, and since taking care of a septic tank takes so much effort regulations need to be put into place in order to ensure that people don’t just act lazy and think in the short term, allowing their drain fields to cause a lot of damage.

The process by which a piece of land can be deemed suitable as a drain field can be rather complicated which is why only highly trained professionals can do it. It is a very important process and involves a number of different tests that would determine the quality of the soil and whether it will be able to contain the waste that is leached into it and not be damaged by it in any way whatsoever.

The soil is tested by seeing how much it can absorb. If the waste will spread too quickly throughout the soil this might end up causing a lot of damage because the liquid would spread outside of the area that has been designated as a drain field. Hence, it must be ensured that the land in question does not have soil that is too loose. Additionally, the soil should not be too thick because in such situations the liquid might not be able to properly leach into the drain field in the first place as the soil would not allow it to do so. This can be quite dangerous because it could end up causing severe clogs that would be very difficult to detect. Hence, the soil must be the perfect balance, right in the middle between packed and loose so that the liquid that the septic tank emits is able to seep into the soil but not spread to the edges of the designated area and beyond.

Additionally, the soil must be tested in order to see if it contains life. If there is potential for plant life than it is highly unlikely that a drain field will be placed there because it would end up having a significant impact on the environment.

All in all, all of these stringent requirements are put in place in order to make sure that the drain field is not temporary, that it can be used for a long period of time. Ideally, a drain field should be used indefinitely without the people using the septic tank having to change to a new drain field every single time. Protecting the environment is important, and ensuring that a drain field meets all of the required standards would ensure that the environment stays safe.