Getting Ready To Raise Farm Animals? Protect Your Septic Tank From Them

Posted on: 20 November 2018

If you live in a rural area of the state, you may take advantage of your land by planting trees, growing vegetables, and even raising farm animals. Although everything you plan to do benefits the environment, it may not be so great for your septic tank. If you allow your livestock to roam freely over your property, they can end up damaging your septic tank and drain field. Take the steps below to keep your septic system and farm animals safe.

Mark Your Septic Tank and Drainfield

Septic systems are below-ground structures. As time passes by, certain types of vegetation can grow over the tank and drain field. Not only will you lose track of your tank and drain field, but cows, sheep, and other grass-eating farm animals can trample over them as they feed on your vegetation. In addition, the bacteria inside the vegetation may not be safe for your animals to consume.

If you choose to grow grass and other vegetation over or around your septic tank and drain field, choose plants with shallow roots. The roots of heartier plants can grow deep within the soil and damage your system. Also, place markers over your tank and drain field to notate their location. If possible, place small fences around the markers to help deter animals from moving toward the tank and drain field.

After following the tips above, have someone professionally inspect your septic tank and drain field for safety.

Check Your Septic Tank and Drainfield

Even the sturdiest septic tank and drain field can experience problems over time, including clogs and leaks. If your tank or drain field leaks contaminated substances above ground, it can endanger the health of your animals. By having your system checked now, you can help prevent issues later.

A septic tank contractor can clean out or pump the system for you. If necessary, a contractor will test the quality of your drain field to see if it contains the right type of bacteria. Some types of bacteria can be dangerous for your drain field and property. 

After the cleaning, a contractor may suggest that you have your system checked and pumped again in the future. Most systems can go three to five years before they require cleaning. A contractor can tell you more about septic tank pumping and why you need it when they visit your home. 

If you're worried about keeping your septic system and farm animals safe, contact a septic system repair contractor today.