pump the septic?

Old 05-20-02, 08:46 AM
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The past month, here in KY , we've had 8 inches of rain already. In both April and March we had 7 inches both months. Lately, when it rains(When does it not rain!) I've smelled a little bit of sewage where the rainwater is standing as it drains around our deck. I should note the septic tank is about 10 feet from our deck on an upper slope.
Also, the past month I've noticed the commode gurgles when water is draining from the bathtub. Now, we are having flushing problems. I was wondering if maybe because of all the rain maybe the laterals aren't draining properly. Do we need to have the septic tank pumped out? Any help given would really be appreciated and we'll need it quickly before my husband starts doing any unnecessary digging!
Thanks so much!
Old 05-20-02, 12:07 PM
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Sounds like you have had an extraordinary amount of rain.
When the ground gets saturated, a septic system drainfield cannot do its normal thing, which will cause the problems that you describe.
Pumping the tank (probably a 1,000-gallon tank) will certainly help until the ground drys out some.
It should be done a minimum of every five years or less anyway, depending upon soil type (costs about $125 bucks here).
No reason to dig up the drainfield. Just hope that it dries out soon, and the ground water level goes down again.
Good Luck!
Old 05-21-02, 07:33 PM
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Thank you so much for your input. We did get a young fellow out and he pumped the septic tank out for $125. He also helped my husband help clear out the pipe that leads from the house to the tank at no extra charge. He said he has had a lot of calls from folks and all our rain has played a major part in messing up some of the local plumbing.
Again, thank you for the feed back!
Best regards,

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