If you just moved into a home with a septic tank for the first time, or if you are just curious about how septic tanks work, you probably have a lot of questions. The concept of a septic tank is rather straightforward, it is an underground tank where everything that goes down your drains collects. The tank is connected to a system of buried pipes that let waste water into an area known as a “drain field.” Is this land safe for plants and animals? Read on to learn more.
Can Plants Grow on a Drain Field?
At the very least, grass and common wild weeds will grow on your septic tank’s drain field. Since the roots for these plants don’t go very deep, they tend not to present problems for the septic tank, but trees should not be planted there. Tree saplings should be pulled as early as they are discovered to avoid damaging the tank or the waste water outlet pipes.
While the water that releases into your drain field is safe and nourishing for grasses and small brush, you shouldn’t grow a garden there. Waste water can contaminate vegetables grown in a drain field.
Is it Safe to Walk or Play on a Drain Field?
As long as a drain field is properly maintained, there is no danger in walking over a drain field. Children can even play on the grass above a septic tank, provided there is no standing water. Even bicycles and other light toys can be enjoyed on a drain field without damaging the pipes or septic tank. A drain field is not an acceptable place to park a car or recreational vehicle however. The weight of a car or any kind of structure will likely damage your septic system.
Are Septic Fields Dangerous to Animals?
Pets like dogs often need space outside to run around. If you’re worried about your dog playing, sunning, or otherwise enjoying the grass on top of your drain field, ensure there is no standing water first. If you find standing water, let your dog use another spot until you can get your septic tank pumped or maintained. If your septic tank needs to be pumped or if you need any other maintenance, be sure to call us today!