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When I purchased a home on the outskirts of town, I was pretty nervous about using a septic system. I imagined muddy, sewage-filled landscaping and toilets that wouldn't flush. However, after I did a little research, I realized that septic care is easy if you stay on top of it. The purpose of my blog is to help others to understand the intricacies of caring for their septic systems, so that you can tackle problems early. With a little attention and maintenance, your septic tank can plug along problem free for many years to come. Save this blog as a resource so that you aren't left guessing later.

Keeping Your Septic System Healthy

Tips For Troubleshooting Your Septic System's Distribution Box

by Cathy Lewis

When it comes to maintaining access to functional indoor plumbing, many homeowners rely on septic systems to remove waste. If you have a septic system, you know how important regular maintenance can be. While investing in the pumping of your septic tank on a regular basis is important, it's also important to ensure that your system's distribution box is working properly.

The distribution box acts as a conduit to transport wastewater from your septic tank and distribute it throughout the drainfield. Any disruptions in this distribution process could spell disaster for your septic system.

Here are three tips to keep in mind if you are experiencing problems with your distribution box in the future.

1. Your distribution box must be level.

In order to dispel wastewater into drainfield trenches properly, your distribution box needs to be sitting level underneath the ground. While your septic system's distribution box may have been level at the time of installation, settling of the ground or shifting due to water runoff or earthquake tremors may have caused the box to become tilted.

When the distribution box is not level, wastewater could start to back up in your septic tank. Digging up your distribution box and leveling it once again could prevent drainage problems from plaguing your septic system.

2. Your distribution box should be enclosed in concrete.

Because your distribution box will be buried beneath the soil on your property, the case used to enclose the box needs to be durable. Plastic cases can begin to deteriorate over time, leaving your distribution box susceptible to serious damage.

By encasing your distribution box in concrete, you ensure that the case will not erode and leave the box vulnerable in the future. As an added bonus, a concrete case can be locating using a probing rod for easy maintenance and repairs.

3. Your distribution box should distribute water evenly.

In order to keep the trenches in your drainfield functioning properly, you need to ensure that no single trench is being overworked. If your distribution box is set to work on a serial distribution system, a single trench will receive all of the wastewater until it is completely full. This causes undue stress that could lead to trench failure.

Setting your distribution box to work on a parallel distribution system ensures that an equal amount of water will be sent into each trench in your drainfield, reducing the risk of serious problems with your septic system.

Understanding some of the distribution box problems that could negatively affect your septic system will allow you to troubleshoot these problems to increase performance in the future. For more information, contact local professionals like Complete Septic Tank LLC.