As others have said, you need to find out for sure what it is, before
you go fiddling with it.
If by "new house", you mean a house that was newly constructed, ask the
builder. If by "new house" you just mean new to you, then ask the
sellers if they know what it is. If they don't, ask the house
inspector (you did have the house inspected, right?). He's probably
seen just about everything in the way of weird pipes, so might be able
Asking around the office, some people have seen things like you
describe--to let air into underground oil tanks. Does the heating
system use oil? Or perhaps there is an old buried tank?
When builder finished our new subdivision 6 years ago, everyone of us
who have a slopped backyard had a a 4" black pipe stick out of the
for 2' to 3'. The plumbers did not know how the final grade would
so they left cleanouts high enough so that they can be sure they
be buried at end. Some of us asked the builder to cut the pipes to
ground level. Those of neighbours who did not, still have those black
pipes stick out of the ground 6 years later.
To this point, a pipe was not cut locally as it had cement pad with
the pipe being enclosed. After the pour and cure - pipe cut and
I agree this septic system did/does not have a vent! Further. I have
never seen a septic with a vent!
Wobble the cane. Will it pull UP? Does it simply hide a valve in the
ground for a new buyer to discover?
"I don't have anything against work. I just figure, why deprive somebody who
really loves it."
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