wet spot on field


Old 08-28-04, 08:01 PM
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wet spot on field

HI First time post .problem 30 year old septic sys .We have been in the house 7 months 3 of them in winter.In early spring we had lots of water in yard from snow and rain .Noticed septic water coming up at the edge of field in a small area .there are 4 people in house also the weeping tiles go into the septic tank no sump pit yet i know thats a no no I will be puting one in .once the yard dried up it was ok for most of the summeruntil we got a lot of rain in to days now the problem is back.untill the ground dries up .our soil is clay biggest concern is winter will this field freeze up .the mound is quite high so it catches alot of snow .any advice Thanks in advance...

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Old 08-29-04, 12:55 AM
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Before replacing the drainfield, I would definitely try diverting the weeping tile water off into a sump pit away from the septic system.
Ground saturation, clay soil, and system overload are combining to cause the problem of septic water bubbling to the surface, as you know.
You also might try installing drain tiles or ground swales around the drainfield to help divert snowmelt and rain water saturation as much away from it if you can.
You may alleviate the problem by adding another drainfield line, instead of replacing the whole field.
Call your Health Department septic system permitting tech out to advise you.
You'll need a permit and inspection from them anyway in order to alter your system with another drain line.
Good Luck!

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