Brown Grass over Septic System:
Septic systems are the systems in rural regions and small cities for treating sewage water in buildings and homes that lack a central sewage connection. The underground-based septic tank is the most essential part of the septic system and is generally installed in an unnoticeable section of the building or home such as the backyard. At a certain point, this is usually noticeable that the green grass above the septic tank has become brown. There are two major reasons responsible for this occurrence.
During intense summers, grass roots go down further below in the soil to absorb moisture. The roots of the grass that grows above the septic tanks are not as deep as the grass that grows elsewhere. Due to this, the roots cannot go further below the soil surface, because the septic tank or some other part of the same is blocking them.
Failure of the Hydraulic System:
This is an even more serious issue, which indicates that the tank is unable to purify the harmful wastewater, which is causing the grass to turn brown by seeping in the soil. Even before you see the brown grass, you will notice the appearance of an offensive sewage odor, which is a quintessential characteristic of hydraulic failure. If you have not been at your home for a long time, then on your return, you will notice that a major portion of the lawn has turned brown, which indicates that the septic tank is unable to function properly.
Whom to Rope In For Help?
In case of a hydraulic failure, you can call a professional septic contractor to fix the job. A need for replacement will arise if you are having an old septic tank. A septic contractor can help you with the cost estimates. In case of unavailability of a septic contractor, you can also call a professional plumber, who can also give you a cost estimate for the job.
Prevention of the Problem:
If there seems to be no problem in the functioning of your septic system, ensure that you water the grass above it with particular care. Installing a sprinkler in that particular section of the lawn can be another option. Regular testing and servicing of septic tank can be used as deterrence for failure of septic systems.
Some More Ways for Prevention:
Appropriate disposal of solids: Rather than utilizing a garburator, which causes 40 percent growth in sludge accumulations, prefer composting of kitchen waste. Prevent the disposal of bio-degradables such as sanitary tampons, disposable diapers, paper towels and cigarette butts and other plastic items into the septic system, as they can cause clogging. Moreover, cooking grease must be disposed off along with the regular garbage.
Pump out the Septic Tank: When the bottom of the dip pipe is nearly 18 inches from the top of the sludge, you must pump out the septic tank.
Protect the Leaching Bed:
1) Disallow vehicles to park or drive over the leaching bed
2) Avoid planting shrubs or trees near the leaching bed, as their roots cause the pipes to clog.
3) Promote grassing of the area.
These are some of the reasons for the occurrence of brown grass over your septic systems and ways to tackle the problem.