Septic drywell question

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Old 04-14-15, 11:09 AM
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Septic drywell question

We put in a new 750gal septic tank two years ago and to this minute only believe we have a drywell, not a leach field. The house is 1890 and we've had plumbers guess that's the fact. We have plenty of water run off to that spot from rain but never have effluent come to the surface from the septic system so all seems okay EXCEPT for the occasional aroma when there's lots of rain and we use the washing machine a lot. So we THINK we should have the drywell checked to see if it can be redug, enlarged, etc. We live in the country, upstate NY and don't have money for a leach field; we're on a rock ridge and it would be ghastly expensive. Either way, it doesn't seem we need it. We bought the house six years ago and I know exactly where the exit pipe from new septic tank is but have no clue where it leads to the drywell or where the D-box is, that is IF THERE'S a D-box. I'm told there's a tool to locate a drywell. We can leave things as they are of course but it's good to make this place health long term. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
 
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Old 04-14-15, 12:59 PM
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Septic tank systems with a dry well (seepage tank) instead of a leach field do exist.

Note that in some towns, seepage tanks may not be renovated or relocated or rebuilt but need to be replaced with leach fields.

You can hire a plumber with drain & sewer expertise do a video of the drain line starting at the septic tank outlet to identify a seepage tank or a distribution box. Also he could put down an electronic snake, starting at the septic tank outlet, while his helper uses a sensor to track the snake from the surface and map out the location and route.
 
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Old 04-14-15, 01:07 PM
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Did you have this tank installed with no permits?
Just can not imagine there not being a plan of what was done on record at your local health or building dept.

If there was no leach field in place that tank would have filled up and stopped all the sinks and toilets from flowing long again.
 
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Old 04-14-15, 02:22 PM
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Thanks for the replies. The septic tank was replaced by licensed guys and no permit was pulled. As for whether the system works with no leach field, many older homes in this area have dry wells instead of leach fields with no problems. Again, ours is not backing up at all and as mentioned, there's no sign of a problem on the soil. The technique of running a video to the dry well spot is interesting...didn't know that could be done so I'll check it out. Again, thanks.
 
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Old 04-14-15, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by kentannenbaum
". . . Again, ours is not backing up at all and as mentioned, there's no sign of a problem on the soil . . ."
Except for the aroma of effluent when it rains, as you mentioned earlier
 
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