Pump-up septic system

I am building a house on a sloped lot that must have a pump-up septic system. In other words, the effluent must be pumped uphill from the septic tank to the leach field. These systems are not uncommon, but some people have suggested that I am asking for trouble. I'd like to hear comments from people who have had experience with such a system.

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snipped-for-privacy@aol.comremove (SteveC1280) wrote in message

I had something similar. Used two tanks. A pump would move effluent from the first tank into the second tank and another pump would move it from the second tank into the drainage field. I needed it because of a seasonally high water table. Worked fine. Not much maintenance to do. I had it for five or six years before selling the house. Make sure you get all the documentation that comes with the system, including the drainfield schematic, location of valves, etc. Although I needed the schematic only once when a valve became stuck, I would never have been able to locate it without the schematic.
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Plenty of people pump up into a septic field or a sewer. Where I live you have to have two holding tanks which are usually gravity fed (from tank 1 to tank 2) so your solids stay in tank 1 and your liquids are pumped from tank 2 into the mound/field. The key is to have the best location for your field. If that happens to be above your tank, so be it. They put alarms on the pumps to protect you from a big mess.
If you have city water you should just make sure to avoid using much water during a power outage, or put a generator on your septic pump.
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