By Shannon Johnson

For many people who own septic systems, the waste is collected and processed through a septic tank, which then drains liquid waste into the soil. This is known as a drain field. Over time, septic systems can become full and back up causing all sorts of nasty problems. Aside from general maintenance of a septic system, it should be periodically pumped out to prevent any major problems that can result in costly repairs. Cleaning a drain field is a dirty job, but is essential to owning a septic system.

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Inside your septic tank

Step 1

Find the location of the septic system underground.

Step 2

Mark off the corners of the tank and start digging. When you reach the tank (approx. 18-plus inches down), you will see the sealed hatch. If you are unable to open this by hand, you may need to use a crowbar.

Step 3

Have a professional septic cleaning service pump the waste out of the tank. Meanwhile use the drain field treatment directly on the drain field's soil, which acts as a shock treatment (see manufacturer directions for using the drain field treatment). If you have a distribution box as a part of your system, skip Step 4.

Step 4

Locate the T-shaped outlet pipe (this is the one leading to the drain field). Insert the garden hose into the outlet pipe and attach the funnel.

Step 5

Pour the drain field treatment into the funnel. This will flow into the outlet pipe and into the soil of the drain field, cleansing the field.