Drain Fields

Installation, repairs, and ongoing maintenance


A septic drain field is a crucial element in any septic system. A properly installed field that is well maintained will last for decades.

For 53 years been perfecting the drain field installation and repair process in Orlando and surrounding cities.

We install all types of drainfields approved by the state of Florida, but we highly recommend the Infiltrator and Multi-pipe drain field systems.

These 2 types of septic fields will last longer than most and have fewer maintenance issues to deal with over the years.

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Drain Field Cost

With any new septic system, the drainfield is going to be one of the more costly aspects. Most drainfields require quite a bit of excavation and plumbing to create but before any digging begins, permitting and planning is required.

According to sites like Homeadvisor, a new drain field, or leach field will cost anywhere between $2,000 and $10,000. Before we can give you an exact cost, please contact us to schedule a site analysis.

A replacement drainfield will cost more than a new drainfield installation because we have to remove and dispose of the old system.

Proper Drain Field Size

Absorption bed size varies based on 3 main factors.

The first and most important is the percolation rate, or "perc" rate of the soil. Florida has some of the better percolation rates compared to other states because of the sandy soil content. This allows waste water to leach into the soil evenly and at a faster rate.

Secondly is the size of your home. Larger homes require a larger field.

Lastly is the type of leach field being used.

For a 3 bedroom home in Florida, a 450 sq. ft. drainfield is typical.

Time to replace?

Drain fields can need replacement for any number of reasons. One of the most common reasons systems need to be replaced is putting chemicals, oil, pants, and other fluids into the septic system.

Over time this will clog the pipes, septic tank, and the drain field.

Other reasons a field might need to be replaced are:

  • excessive water use in the house
  • excessive water runoff or standing water due to storms and hurricanes
  • plant and tree roots getting into the system
  • damage from vehicles driving over the drain field
  • Old and worn components
Service Locations
  • Orlando

Client Reviews

Gregg Alan

I have an aunt and uncle that live in Windermere FL, and they call me when they have a problem around the house, since I know so many people in business there. I got a call that their toilets and sinks were backed up and they were on a septic system. I worked for Veterans Septic back in the 1990's and they were out of business.  I was referred to A1 by the previous owner and Dave Smith and his crew did a wonderful Job!As it turned out they needed a total replacement (tank was cracked and the drain-field was long overdue.... He got a pump truck out right away and had a crew out there on Saturday to replace the tank and lay a new drain-field....that is what I call service. I highly recommend them, the were on time fairly priced and guaranteed their work!

Waylon Boston

A great company and the guy was nice and even scheduled it between 11:00 and 1:00 and was here on time and got the job done.

Elizabeth Asenova

Had a problem with my septic. I called for my septic to get pumped because it was backing up in my bathroom. When they came to pump my tank they was so honest all I need was a new filter because it was dirty and not flowing right I guess. So the guy came to my house and told me it doesn't need to be emptied it just needed a new filter. He saved me a lot of money because I would of paid for a new filter and a pumpout. Instead all I had to pay for was a new filter. He also showed me my septic was empty after he took the dirty filter out so it flowed correctly. A1 Septic Orlando is so honest I would recommend them to anyone.


Thank you a-1. I started having a bubbling sound from my 17 .shower when I flushed the toilet. I called a local septic company to empty my tank and was told that my entire drain field was bad. So I started the process of getting quotes to replace the system. That was until Tom from a1 showed up. He said based on the age of my home I should have a filter and that would cause the bubbling sound if it was dirty. Sure enough once Tom took the time to open the back of my tank he found a dirty filter. The total cost was $125. Much cheaper than the $4200-$6500 quotes I received from 3 other companies I'm just glad there are still honest companies out there. I will only use a1 from now on.

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