Lateral fields are also known as drain fields, leach fields, soil absorption systems, and — get ready for this long one — sub-surface soil dispersal/absorption treatment systems.
Now, that’s a mouthful, isn’t it?
But we don’t recommend putting it in your mouth.
It’s possible that these fields are given so many names because they are so important. Lateral fields are considered one of the most, if not the most, significant parts of a septic system.
The lateral field is the area of the septic system where the effluent disperses into the soil, filtering through it and cleansing it until it reaches a source of water where it is carried away.
Since lateral fields are different on every property, we start by determining which kind of lateral field is best for you — from conventional systems like dry wells to alternative systems like pump chambers that pump into sand mounds.
Once we have determined the system that is best for your property, we work with county officials (sanitarians) to determine the size, type, and design of the system and then install it according to state and local specifications.