Best pipe for septic system drain field...

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Old 05-16-13, 06:32 PM
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Best pipe for septic system drain field...

I'm having a problem with a little bit of water coming up in the yard and suspect that roots have found their way into the pipes again (after about 20 years). I'm getting ready to dig all the piping up and clear each piece (I figure I may as well do them all while I'm digging around).

The pipes are currently clay pipes. The house is over 40 years old. Since I'll have everything dug up anyway, should I use a different type of pipe, or stick with what I have?

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Andy
 
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Old 05-17-13, 05:14 AM
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Maybe opening up a can of worms here.
Lots of areas will not let a DIY work on a septic system.
A system that old by now most likly is saturated and should be completly relocated or removed and replaced with all new back fill.
One more thing I'd bet the rules and regs have changed since that old system went in as to set backs from property lines, wells, wet lands ECT.
 
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So you think the best thing to do would be just dig it up, clear any roots, etc. and lay it back down?
 
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No, I'm suggesting what your thinking of doing may not be legal, or just replacing the lines will not do much good.
Leach fields of the years load up with soilds and will not drain anymore at some point.
 
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Thanks Joe. Guess I'll need to check with the "powers that be" to see if we're allowed to dig up the pipes and put them back down again. I don't see why they'd be against that. I could understand if we were replacing the pipe.

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