How to Fix a Settling Drainage Field
LESLIE: Now we’ve got Greg in Missouri on the line who’s dealing with a septic-system issue. Tell us what’s going on.
GREG: Yeah, I bought a house back in December and they put a new septic system in. And the piping that surrounds the house, I have baseball-sized rocks that are coming up as the summer progresses and I don’t know how to stop them.
TOM: Oh, you mean as the soil sort of erodes away?
GREG: I’m guessing so and – so I don’t know how deep it goes or what I can do to tear those up or cover it.
TOM: Do you think that, Greg, that this is like the drainage field that’s being revealed?
GREG: It’s hard to say. It’s my first home.
TOM: Yeah, Greg, I would reach out to the contractor that actually installed that, since it’s so new, and see if you can get a sense as to where the septic field is. I suspect you’ve got some settlement that’s going on there and that’s why the gravel field is revealing itself to you. You may need to add some additional fill dirt.
And then if you put some grass over that or even if you put some sod over it, now’s a real good time to do that. The roots can really take hold before the winter sets in and get good growth there and it’ll be in good shape before next summer heat, which is very destructive, of course, to new grass. Now is a perfect time to plant this and I think that that will solve the problem. Not that all surprised; I think what you’re seeing is some normal settlement out of the new field.
Greg, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.