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What is a Leaching System?
Leaching systems are also called seepage pits, leach beds, or leach lines. This is where the waste goes from the sewage tank when the solids turn into liquids. The solids that go into the sewage tank are broken down by bacteria, then turned into liquids. The sewage tank holds about four to five feet of water. This water exits the sewage tank and flows into a leaching bed, where it’s absorbed into the ground.
Leaching systems will inevitably fail over time. Preventive measures will help stall this problem. When the system does fail, it will have to be expanded. Sometimes a whole new system will need to be installed.
Premature leaching system failure is often due to solids that are difficult to break down, such as lint, grease, and detergents. These clog the porous soil in the leaching beds, causing them to fail.
- Avoid pouring grease down your drains
- Try not to construct anything or plant any trees over the leaching bed
- Be conservative about your water usage