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Old April 24th, 2013, 03:40 PM   #1
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septic tank and drain fields

Well with all this rain we been having im starting to think we have a drain field problem at the house.Had the tank pumped the other day and water was back filling into the tank.Guy pumping the tank told me this is a sign of a clogged or damage field that isnt working properly.

Anyone ever dug one up to replace/fix?

try to do myself or pony up the funds to have it done
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Old April 24th, 2013, 03:42 PM   #2
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It's really easy to do your self
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Old April 24th, 2013, 03:45 PM   #3
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there is nothing to them. i have put in a few of them in the last couple years. rock, pipe and a level is all you need
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Old April 24th, 2013, 03:49 PM   #4
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there is nothing to them. i have put in a few of them in the last couple years. rock, pipe and a level is all you need
I think a shovel might come in handy too
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Old April 24th, 2013, 03:51 PM   #5
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Old April 24th, 2013, 03:52 PM   #6
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thats alot of hand digging i would recommend a mini excavator or you could hire it done and use a check book.

eric are you in a city or township
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Old April 24th, 2013, 04:00 PM   #7
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Old April 24th, 2013, 04:15 PM   #8
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Excavators are handy for removing your neighbor's car from their driveway. Not only can you use the excavator on the drain field you can dig random holes. I am surprised Kodiak hasn't cleaned his yard this way yet.
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Old April 24th, 2013, 08:03 PM   #9
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Digging by hand is easy, but time intensive. Seems like forever before you see a result.
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Old April 24th, 2013, 08:13 PM   #10
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What exactly is indicating your field is bad?

Septic tanks will fill up after a pumping and with this much ground water I wouldn't immediately assume a problem.
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Old April 24th, 2013, 08:23 PM   #11
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I know 3 different houses with the same problem. The ground is just too wet to jump to conclusions.
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Old April 24th, 2013, 08:44 PM   #12
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What type of soil is your yard did the person that built you drainage field use perforated pipe from the house to the tank if they did it would fill your tank with ground water or your tank could be cracked and lettin ground water in or the way you talked about a clogged field I have built a lot of sytems and repaired a lot of them repairing is a nasty job that takes a few days not hard to do just time consuming depending on your local codes for the layout of the field I hope I have helped a little
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Old April 24th, 2013, 09:39 PM   #13
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I know 3 different houses with the same problem. The ground is just too wet to jump to conclusions.
Exactly. If the field is saturated, replacing all the pipe isn't going to help the water will still have nowhere to go.
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Old April 24th, 2013, 10:25 PM   #14
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What type of soil is your yard? Did the person that built you drainage field use perforated pipe from the house to the tank? If they did, it would fill your tank with ground water, or your tank could be cracked and lettin ground water. The way you talked about a clogged field. I have built and repaired a lot of them. Repairing is a nasty job that takes a few days not hard to do just time consuming. Depends on your local codes for the layout of the fld I hope I ave helped a little
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Old April 25th, 2013, 12:47 AM   #15
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There should be sand under the pipe with 6 inches oh 6a stone between the sand and pipe then another 2 inches of 6a on top pipe from house to tank should be solid heavy wall pipe
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Old April 25th, 2013, 04:16 AM   #16
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What exactly is indicating your field is bad?

Septic tanks will fill up after a pumping and with this much ground water I wouldn't immediately assume a problem.
^^ This

Happened to my Dad's place, the septic cleaning company just kept sucking it out of the tank. Ended up costing my Dad twice as much to drain it because they charged by the gallon.

The guy said it's pretty normal for the field to get saturated like that this time of year with this much rain.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 05:24 AM   #17
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Give it a few days and see if it gets better.
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