My septic field appears to be somewhat clogged. Is there anything I
can do except replace it for $25K? The grass around the edge is
wonderful though, lol! Can I buy 2 tons of earth worms or something
like that to fix it?
We are careful with what we put down the system, and I had it pumped
last fall and the tank was totally alive and wriggling with what
looked like small worms, and the guy said it looked great. But still
the field is annoying me and I don't want my township to notice it
leaking. There are a few black streaks on the side which are visible
to the roadside if one looks carefully.
Maybe I can reseed the grass there carefully, and have it lush and
green to eat up all the leakage?
How long have you lived there? It's not uncommon in Winter and Spring for
some leach fields to become damp. Ask your neighbors if you are new to the
What your local government allows in the way of repair or replacement is
up to the local government. Try e-mailing them your questions in an
Unlikely clogged, although I never heard of wiggly things in tank.
Soil most likely saturated as water tables can be high in the spring thaw.
When mine first came up, we had dirt put on it but that did not solve
problem so we put in an alternate field.
Now if one gets wet, I switch to the other one. Someone said they tend to
saturate due to salt build up and need to recover.
Don't think you can put in a septic around here today without an alternate
field. I would imagine today it should cost a lot less than 25 grand.
Might also mention that it was not beyond my builder to fake perk test. He
did it on another house he built and homeowner sued and got put into sewer
service at great expense to builder. I also sued builder, in part over
septic, but that's another story.
If the leach field is saturated, you're pretty much at limit of what
can do. If the septic tank was full of some sort of critter, I'd
suspect they're the culprit and have clogged the laterals,
particularly if the breakout is at an end as I think you're saying.
If that is so, it indicates the water is flowing down the laterals and
is pooling at the ends and saturating the ground there rather than
being absorbed along the way.
It may dry out during hot, dry weather on the surface, but there's no
way any vegetation can use up the water from a full septic field
unless it is a very aggressive grower that you won't want because it's
roots will just make more trouble than problems they cure.
Somebody else mentioned adding a second field -- if you have the room,
that is most likely the least expensive approach. We did the same and
were able to switch between the two indefinitely. Of course, that the
kids grew up and weren't doing as much laundry, etc., didn't hurt,
You could research sand piles and other alternatives, but I suspect
unless you can't for some reason, the new field is the cheapest out.
You will have to talk to local health and is probably best to be
proactive rather than wait for somebody to call you on it (like the
neighbor who gets tired of the odor/runoff and calls the county
without letting you know he's going to).
It cost me $1800, though I have fairly short lines. This company gave a 1
year guarrantee which was:
1. If my lines failed they would come out and redo the process - but really,
if the lines failed again within a year, I think a redo might be pointless.
2. $900 toward installation to new leach lines.Unfortuanely, not an option
with our place.
As to why it is banned in some places, I haven't seen what appeared to be a
I was very skeptical, but out of options other than a new 30K sand system. I
should point out that since this experience, we follow all the rules with
having a septic system.I was very ignorant on the topic.
NO living creature other than yeast, bacteria and possibly viruses can live
in a septic tank environment. Something is wrong with your tank other than
your field leaking. I think they are all related. Get someone who knows to
check it out properly.
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