I recently bought a house with a "troubled" septic system.
During periods of heavy rain, the water table is high; the ground is
saturated. The house is on a hillside, and all the water coming down
the hill backfills into the leachfield.
What to do ?
The last owners left us $20,000 plans for a fancy new shallow system
(it even comes with its own website...), but is there anything we can
do to our old system ?
We could put curtain drains above the leachfields.. if we knew where
they were. We only have a few crude drawings of where they might be.
Has anybody done this before ? How hard is it ?
The other option which the honeydipper guy recommended was to put
checkvalves around the tank to keep "water" from flowing into it. We
could deal with the reduced volume for the short periods of saturation.
Has anybody tried this ?
Thanks for any advice, all you septic old timers out there.
This is my first septic, and WHAT A WINNER.