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Septic Tank Problems?

Discussion in 'The Brothel' started by justinzich, Apr 16, 2010.


  1. justinzich

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    Anybody know anything about septic tanks. I have done some work on them before but my house is a raised bed system with a pump. Problem is that we have water running back into the tank from the bed, pump runs almost constantly. Plus we have had a couple power outages that then end up with sewage trying to backup into the basement. Talked to the system designer, his words were something like "what do you want me to do wave my magic wand."
     

  2. Tango

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    there are some one-way flaps you can install so it doesn't reverse.

    you may want to wire your pumps to a panel you can feed with a small generator also. If you add a generator You will need a small transfer switch so your generator doesn't back feed into the main line.

    If possible look to install a second or replacement tank down hill.
     

  3. JasonB

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    sounds like your leech lines are plugged up or you have a blockage between the the tank and the distribution box. get your tank pumped, back flush the dist box if you can find it and then see if that helps
     
  4. justinzich

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    I should have been more specific but didn't know if I would get any interest on here or not.

    System is less then 2 years old. I was able to plug the system in directly to continue pumping. There is actually ground fault outlet located at the tank and that is where the pump plugs in.

    We were without power and I pumped the system till the pump shut off and went to bed. We used no water and about 3 hours later sewer had backed up into the floor drain, just enough to get the concrete around the drain wet. This happened during our spring snow melt and we were receiving a mix of snow and rain as well. The drain field and pretty much everything was very wet at the time.

    I am assuming what happened is the saturated ground allowed water to run back into the septic tank and the check valve back to the house leaked a little(the level outside in the tank was probably 4 feet higher than our floor drain and only a little came in)
    I realize there has to be a weep hole(drain back) to prevent freezing but it seems though it should be placed or designed in a way that wouldn't allow effluent to get back from the drain field into the tank.

    I am thinking if the inlet in the distribution box were set higher it would allow the system to feed properly and the only thing draining back through the weep hole would be what is between the distribution box and the tank. But I don't know how to accomplish that. Outside of doing something like an upside down j-trap before that box.
     
  5. JasonB

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    you may want to look into a sump pump water sensor so that the pump will turn on when it senses water backup. i bet the wet ground simply leeched into the pipes as you said.

    i would talk to the home builder (if new) or the septicb installer about it and see what warranty coverage you have is
     
  6. justinzich

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    I spoke with the builder/ he was the one that installed the system. He asked me if I wanted him to waive his magic wand, so I am thinking he won't be much help. I know I am not the only one in our development, all done by him, that had problems in that last storm. I guess I will see what the inspector has for info on it before I got any farther.
     
  7. JasonB

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    was the storm well above normal in terms of rainfall/snowfall? the designer may have used the wrong saturation value for the soil and/or their perc test was bad
     
  8. Comrade

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    Speaking of septic tank problems, the brothel these days is full of shit.

    Looks like you guys need someone around to get everyone fired up! And alas, I have returned.

    Where's Alpha!?!
     
  9. supportTHEezln

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    Like the tip of a doodle that has been playing in the mud.
     

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