Water running out of leach field

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Old 06-08-03, 11:17 AM
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Water running out of leach field

what could some common problems be associated with water running on ground coming from the leach field. Have noticed while running washing machine.
 
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Re: Water running out of leach field

Originally posted by beaureguard
what could some common problems be associated with water running on ground coming from the leach field. Have noticed while running washing machine.
How old is the septic system? When was the last time it
was pumped out? If there's water coming out of the leach
field when the washer is running, at the very least the tank
needs to be pumped out immediately. I'd also have the gentleman that does the work inspect the field. Make sure
there's no sediment built up in the drain lines, make sure
there's no ground water coming up under the leach field
and find out if he can do a perculation test to make sure
the soil can still handle the water. I don't consider it DIY
job just because of the health factors involved. Does the
ground in the yard slope away from the leach field or toward
it?

Christopher
 
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Old 06-09-03, 03:27 AM
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If you've had a lot of rain lately, the ground may just be temporarily saturated.
For routine maintenance for a septic system, all that you need to do is have the tank pumped out at least every five years.
Those septic tank additives (such as Rid-X, etc.) are worthless. Normal usage provides plenty of bacteria.
If you have trees or shrubbery over or near your drainfield, you should flush a cup or two of copper sulphate crystals (about $8 bucks for a 3-lb bag) down about three times a year to keep the roots killed out of the lines.
If the ground dries out, the tank is pumped, and water continues to bubble to the surface, you may have to add or replace drainfeild lines.
Good Luck!
Mike
 
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