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Old 04-16-03, 08:03 PM
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Leech Bed More info

Yes I posted a couple of days ago about soggy leech bed in one area about 4x9. I have added the old post down below so if you have not read it then you can below, but the extra info I got, I called a local septic company that has done work for me before and he said with all the rain and snow we have had, I live in Va and we have had rain or snow all winter that he has had alot of people call him with the same problem and what he has found on most, and what he would try on mine first is that with all the snow and rain that the distribution box had got unlevel and everything going to one line in the leech bed and it can;t absorb it all in the one line. He told me I could dig up the distribution box and try to level or he would for $125. I am pretty handy and know where the Distribution Box is about but not sure how big or what to look for. SO if any body can tell me if this sounds correct about he distribution box being unlevel and if so about how big will the box be for a 1000 gallon tank and anything I should watch out for? Thanks
Yes I have a house that is 13 years old and we have a septic tank beside the house but the leech bed is about 50 to 75 yards away from house. There is a pump in the septic tank to pump it to the leech bed because it goes about 40 ft on flat ground then the last 20 ft is up hill to the flat spot were the leech bed is. The problem is I just started mowing this week and in 1 spot in the grass was real high when I mowed over it the area was damp. I went back up to check it a couple days later and it is still damp. It is only a area of about 3x3 that is damp. The pvc line that runs from septic to the distribution box is somewhere in that area but I am not excactly sure. I don't won't to dig and hurt something. We have had alot of rain here in the last couple of weeks about 1 and a half and just quit raining 3 days ago after raining for a week but I think that would be dried up. Where it is damp it is probaly the farest away from distribution box right were it comes over hill. Does anyone have in suggestions on what to do or what to try.
 
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Old 04-17-03, 07:57 PM
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Yes I have a house that is 13 years old and we have a septic tank beside the house but the leech bed is about 50 to 75 yards away from house. There is a pump in the septic tank to pump it to the leech bed because it goes about 40 ft on flat ground then the last 20 ft is up hill to the flat spot were the leech bed is. The problem is I just started mowing this week and in 1 spot in the grass was real high when I mowed over it the area was damp. I went back up to check it a couple days later and it is still damp. It is only a area of about 3x3 that is damp. The pvc line that runs from septic to the distribution box is somewhere in that area but I am not excactly sure. I don't won't to dig and hurt something. We have had alot of rain here in the last couple of weeks about 1 and a half and just quit raining 3 days ago after raining for a week but I think that would be dried up. Where it is damp it is probaly the farest away from distribution box right were it comes over hill. Does anyone have in suggestions on what to do or what to try.
 
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Old 04-18-03, 05:58 AM
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A d-box is a small concrete box that has a drain line to it from the tank and drain line(s) from it to the drainfield. It should be about the same depth as your tank.
It certainly is possible for frost and freeze heave to push lines loose or heave the d-box out of kilter.
That may or may not be part of the problem, and you will have to dig it up to find out. You should be able to do this yourself with a shovel.
Septic systems come in different configurations. but here is an illustrated article on them from Reader's Digest "The Family Handyman" magazine that will give you the idea:
http://www.familyhandyman.com/200011/fixit/page2.html
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Old 04-19-03, 10:06 PM
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If you know where the ditribution box is up by the leech field you might as well open it up and take a look. Also turn on your tub and wait for the water to run into it to see wha thappens.

Something to me sounds "odd" about the out of level box. I am NOT a plumber or a spetic specialist. I'm just a DIYer like you. I do have a septic sytem with a pump to a leaach field like you do. My distibutuion box is about 3' below grade (its so deep because of sloping ground). There are 5, 4" lines coming into it: 1 is from the surge box, the other 4 got to the laterals. I belive the surge box is there (never have seen it) to let take the "hit" from the pressurized water being pumped into it, then the water drains into the distribution box.

In my pumped system the water from the septic tank collects in a second tank (a dosing tank) then after a while is pumped to the field (like a giant sump pump). When the water is pumped it comes up fast and with a lot of volume (prbably over 100 gallons in a shoot). So I'm guessing that even if the distribution box is a little out of whack, that only a little extra water would actually gointo the one pipe. if it was a normal septic system where the water kinda trickles into the box then I would agree that this sounds possible.

You can buy something called "speed levelers" which a 4" disks with a single offset hole in them. They snap into the end of the leech field pipes (at the distribution box) and you rotate them so the offset holes are all at the same level.

Also think about how much work this guy can do for $125.... Thats only 2 hours of labor. Maybe less if he has to drive far.

Good luck.
 
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