Septic Tank Problems


Old 02-08-01, 08:55 PM
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Our home is about 20 years old. A while back we started experiencing problems with our drain lines to our septic tank. The drain lines over the field line are always soggy and at times water stands over the field lines even runs out of the ground. We have had our septic tank pumped out, but this did not resolve our problem. What do we need to do?
Old 02-08-01, 11:45 PM
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OUCH!! Call a plumber and get his opinion, but it sounds like you need to have the leach field redone. Won't be inexpensive, but it will cost less than the Dr. and hospital bills involved if you DON'T do it.
Old 02-09-01, 04:51 AM
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A septic system tank should be pumped out every five years. If it isn't, sludge can overflow into the drainfield causing problems. How often did you pump yours?
A drainfield also may have hairlike roots in the lines, and you can flush about a half-pound of copper sulphate down about every four months to kill the roots. Copper sulphate is a blue crystal root-killer that comes in 3-lb bags.
That's about all of the "maintenance" that a septic system normally needs. Those septic system additives are not worth the money.
The above is according to the NC environmental health people, who have extensively studied the subject.
As lefty, said, you're going to have to add new drainfield line(s) to correct your problem, and the sooner the better.
It is illegal to allow this problem to continue.
Septic water is a major health hazard to you and your family, pets, wildlife, and anything else that comes into contact with it.
You will probably need a Health Department permit and inspection to upgrade.
Good Luck!

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