Hi, I'm new to this group and do not know if this has been posted
before. We've been living in this house now for 5 months. It has a
septic system which I'm not familar with with at all (I've never owned
a house with a septic system). Well now water is starting to come out
of the ground in the back yard. I'm sure this is the field area. Well I
know this is related to the septic system as there is a foul stench
eminating from it. My wife found out that septic system need to be
pumped regularly. The prolem is we don't know how to pump the system. I
mean I think I know where it needs to be pumped at, but I don't know if
I use a plunger or what. Anyway thanks in advance for the advice.
Every two years. That's routine maintenance, not a quick fix,
No problem. YOU don't pump the system. You pay $150 or so and some
company with a special truck does it for you.
The pumping people will do a quick fix, but if your "leach field" is
clogged, you are looking at major money to fix this. You need
professional help to analyze and fix this. You need to study how
septic systems work, and what it means when everything comes up in
the back yard. This is not something that can be fixed with a quick
tip on a usenet talk room.
Hi again, Thanks for responding so fast. Well we were trying to avouid
spending any large amount of money on this, although if that is the
case it will probably have to be done. as far as us asking neighbors,
that's a good idea although we live in a rural area where people just
basicly keep to themselves. I thought I would ask you guys and gals.
Mabye this has been posted before and i did check, however with no
solid answers to my problem. Thanks again, Chris~
Solid answer: call the pumper truck, pay the man ~ $100 (assuming you
have an accessible clean-out), fogedaboutit, unless it happens soon
(less than 6 months), then call him back & make sure he pumps both
tanks. I had that when we first moved in, (my first septic system)
turns out there was a blockage between the tanks. considerable digging
involved that time, which we did ourselves to avoid the labor charges,
and because we just happen to have a backhoe.
"Pumped" means "pumped *out*". As in, pumping 500 gallons of s**t out of the
tank. Where you gonna put that?
You don't do it. You hire a septic tank cleaning company to do it. They have a
pump and a tanker truck to haul it away. Look in the Yellow Pages under
"Septic Service" or something similar, or ask your neighbors to recommend a
company. Cost likely to be between US$100 and $150.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
check with the local septic sewer companies, find out if they have been
out before you bought home?
original owners MAY have tried to hide a existing prroblem requiring
that can cost up to 20 grand depending on where you live:(
you need a pro opinion..........
500?? That's mighty small. 1500 is code around here.
Just had mine pumped out after living here for 5 years. From what I
could tell by looking down in there, it could easily have gone another
5 years no problem. Only about 18" of sludge on the bottom, and maybe
8" of scum floating on top. The rest was liquid, just the way you want
it to be.
Depending on the system in use. With the older style systems, it's
still pretty nasty stuff and has a strong odor if exposed to the air.
After it leaves the field lines the soil bacteria breaks it down to
different stages of cleanliness. In the newer style systems it has
been clorinated by the time it reaches the fields and is mostly
Figure out what your land grant university is (Cornell is New York's,
NC State is for North Carolina, etc.). Look up their state etension
service. They will have lots of info on how to deal with a septic
system. Call them if you can't find the answer on their web site --
that is (part of) their job. Cornell's extension website has decent
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