Your Absorption Trench is a crucial but often overlooked piece of your septic tank systems operation.
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Before engaging anyone to work on your Absorption Trench, please check that they have a either a current Plumbers or Drainers Contactor License.
Any reputable professional will be licenced and will be happy to show you proof of their current (Plumbers or Drainers) Contactor License. For your own safety and your peace of mind, make certain your contractor is correctly Licenced before you make any commitment.
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The absorption trench is where the treated effluent from your septic system is disposed of once solid material has been separated inside your tank.
Effluent flows from your septic tank to the absorption trench area usually by means of a gravity feed. This is where by a combination of friendly bacteria in the soil, plant root interaction and sunshine, the effluent is broken down and made safe before being put back into the environment.
If your septic tank system is overdue for a clean, untreated waste can flow into your absorption trench and limit its ability to effectively dispose of the effluent from your tank.
The solid material that should be contained in your septic tank can flow into your drain field where it blocks the holes that normally allow effluent to pass into the soil of your absorption trench for clean, efficient and safe disposal.
Signs of this problem occurring are many. They can include wet and soggy ground above your absorption trench or unpleasant smells from around your trench field area.
Your absorption trench and the surrounding area should be dry and have no unsightly odours.
Depending on the severity of the blockages to your absorption trench system should this problem exist, may well require rehabilitation or replacing of your absorption trench altogether, to make it safe and effective once again.
Like most things, prevention is far better than cure. Taking care when installing or replacing your absorption Trench is no different.
Making sure the right location is for your absorption trench is selected, to begin with, the construction of the trench itself is best practice. These things will help ensure you have little or no trouble from your system for the longest possible time.
A well designed and maintained absorption trench will last 25 to 30 years without a problem.
In the same token, a trench which is subject to the trials of a poorly maintain septic system or poor construction or design, to begin with, can become useless (and a health hazard) in as little as two years of use.
I have seen this a lot.
Being a licenced plumber and drainer, combined with my years of experience installing and maintaining septic systems allows me to provide the expertise required to make sure you get your absorption trench problems fixed properly.
Septic tanks and their absorption trench system elements are a big investment and they work hard every day.
When you get them done right, this investment over a 30 year period can stretch every dollar spent as far possible and actually save you big time on a quick fix.
If you are having trouble with an absorption trench problem or even an issue with septic tank cleaning where you really need some expert help. Give me a call (Paul Burgess on 0438 315 514).
I have been “in the business” for over four decades and I know this stuff inside and out. Don’t risk a quick fix. These inevitably cost a lot more money.
Give me a call to discuss your septic and absorption trench needs, I will be happy to share my experience with you and give you the lowdown on what you need.
All the Best
Paul Burgess – Licensed Plumber, Drainer & Septic Tank System Expert
(Call Paul 0438 315 514)