Septic problems

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Old 02-11-06, 12:17 AM
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Septic problems

My husband and I bought a small cabin and a new septic system was included with the purchase. I had it pumped after about 2 years, ever since then there has been a problem. Every time I use the washer or the diswasher water overflows through the vent pipes. I am not sure that a leech field was put in either, since there are no vent pipes in the area that my husband said the leech field should be located. He has since passed away so I can't ask him any questions about this septic system. Any assistance would be appreciated.
 
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Old 02-11-06, 07:47 AM
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the field would not be vented. when you say the water overflows through the vent pipes what do you mean ? the vents should exit through the roof of the house. clogged vents would cause slow drainage of sinks, tubs, etc. clogged lines would cause overflow / backup from drains in other fixtures. try to give some more detail and i'm sure someone will be able to help.
 
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Old 02-11-06, 11:58 AM
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Hi, thank you for the response. There is a vent pipe that exits out of the house. There are also 2 pipes from the septic. All 3 pipes overflow at times.
I did run an electric snake through the pipes from the house to the septic and did not run into any obstructions. My grandchildren had put some rocks down the pipe while outside playing just after the septic was put in and I had thought that might be the problem that is why I ran the snake all the way through, but this did not cure the problem. If you can think of any other questions that may help me get to the bottom of this problem it would be greatly appreciated. I am hoping that I do not have to put in a whole new septic system. One other thing the area that my husband said the leech field was in the ground has sunken in several inches, could this be the problem???
 
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ok, those outside in the yard are cleanouts and they can overflow. sound like the leach field is failing for some reason. could be tree roots, blocked lines, or solids blocking the flow from the tank to the field lines. have you had the system pumped in the last 5 years ? have it checked and if the field is bad get estimates and consider something like this.
www.terrliftinternational.com
that system worked for me. btw, how old is the system ? what made you have it pumped when you did ? is there any water sitting in the area or running out of the ground ?
 
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Old 02-11-06, 02:35 PM
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Hi, thanks again for the reply. No standing water, the septic was placed in aug 2002. I had it pumped because someone told me that it needed to be done every year or so and it had been 2 years since it was placed. However I again had it pumped in Sept 2005 due to the overflowing problem I thought maybe it was filled again. Not sure why I thought that since there are only 2 people living here and I have a 1250 gallon tank. I will try your suggestions. Thanks for the website I will check it out.
 
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Septic tank is always full. It sounds like the leach field is clogged and not disipating the water out of the septic exit.
 
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Thank you for the reply. I will have the leech field checked out. You have all been a great help.
 
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