Aerobic back up


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Old 03-14-18, 09:39 PM
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Aerobic back up

I just found this forum and thought someone might be able to help. Iím usually pretty handy but I donít know alot about aerobic systems. Tonight my system backed up into my house. The house and system are only about 2 1/2 years old. When I pulled the cap off my clean out it released the pressure and allowed the house to drain. I popped the tops off my septic tanks. The liquid side wasnít full. The solid side looked full but looked full of water not solids. I plan to check it again in the morning. Iím not sure where my issue could be. We put very little down the drain. Just some crumbs from plates and of course toilet paper and such. I admit we probably run to much water at a time. Will hydraulic overload cause it to back up in the house? Or could there be a clog from the solid side to the liquid?
 
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Old 03-15-18, 02:54 AM
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What did the Septic Tank's Outlet Pipe (or Baffle) look like . . . . was it submerged ?

PS: Does the Outlet have a Filter that could simply be clogged and could stand to be rinsed off/out ?

No Handi-Wipes or Feminine sanitary products flushed down there ?
 

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What type system do you have? You mentioned aerobic in the thread title but didn't tell us any more about what you have.
 
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Old 03-15-18, 06:04 AM
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I couldnt see the outlet pipe. I would say it’s submerged. The solid side was pretty full. I’m not sure if it has a filter or not because I have never looked in it.
No feminem products or wipes.

As for my system, I’m not sure what info to give you. I just know I have the tank with the two lids and it sprays out at two places. The air pump is still pumping in the one tank.
 
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Old 03-15-18, 09:14 AM
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You have an engineered system of some type and not a standard septic. Until we know what you have it's hard to offer specifics to diagnose the problem. Many areas require a professional service contract for engineered systems because it is relatively easy to do things incorrectly.

Since things backed up in the house when the lid was in place but the house drained when the lid was removed I would first check the vent for the system. It may have gotten clogged.
 
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Old 03-15-18, 10:21 AM
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If you're the Original Owner, the Builder's GC or Site Plumber should have given you an Owner's Manual and/or a thorough explanation of the maintenance required on the System and what you could/should do yourself (DIY) and what would be required to be done by others.

At least this House and System is so young that those Parties are probably still alive in your area and still in business and maybe (for a fee) could be imposed upon to update you now with an explanation of how the System is supposed to work and help you with the diagnosis of the current problem . . . . so that's a good thing !

What State or Province are you in ?
 
 

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