If you live in a rural area, then it’s likely that you have a septic system that transports waste from your home. Much like a fully functional electrical system, having a properly working septic system in your home is critical.

In theory, you should have your septic system inspected and pumped every few years. However, it’s imperative that you keep a watchful eye on your septic system each year to ensure that your system isn’t plagued by other problems, such as trees. Yes, trees can negatively impact the efficacy of your septic system.

Understanding Your Septic System

Before diving into the risks trees present to your septic system, it’s important to understand your septic system. Although most people refer to their tank and the flow of waste to the tank as their system, there is actually more to your septic system than that.

Yes, your system includes the main outlet, which takes waste away from your home. It also includes your septic tank, which holds waste until it’s removed from the tank. The other component of your septic system is your leach field. Your leach field is just beyond your septic tank, and it’s responsible for filtering contaminants from the water. Notably, the filtering process is critical because it ensures that your lawn, your neighbor’s lawn, and the environment around you isn’t polluted.

How Can Trees Affect Your Septic System?

With your home protecting your main outlet, and your septic tank protecting its contents, it’s your leach field that’s susceptible to trees that have sprawling roots.

The roots of trees are responsible for supplying the rest of the tree with water. As such, tree roots are on a constant quest to find soil that contains an abundant supply of water. Unfortunately, if planted close enough to your septic system, tree roots can disturb your leach field and block proper filtration, which could lead to blockages in your septic system. The following are signs that you may have a root problem in your leach field.

  • It smells foul around your home.
  •  You lawn is soggy around your septic tank.
  • Your drains aren’t working as they should in your home.
  • Fertile patches of grass grow on your leach field.

Of course, you aren’t an expert in detecting septic system problems; however, you should look for changes in the area of your leach field regularly. Grass or shrubs that grow faster than other vegetation in the area can be a sure sign that extra nutrients leaking from your leach field are providing nourishment to these plants.

Consequently, if you notice any changes, or you suspect something may be wrong with your septic system, you should take action immediately by calling our team at Septic Check. With years of experience under our belt, we are capable of handling all of your septic system needs, including emergencies.