I had a toilet running for about 5 hours and ended up with septic
overload symptoms. (gurgling, high water level in cleanout etc)
It went away pretty quickly after I addressed the toilet problem.
Is this normal or should I be looking for a septic problem
(say 150-180 gallons of water an hour for 5 hours)
Most smaller residential septic systems are rated for about 500 gallons per day,
so you ran over 2X that. With a basic single tank system, that has the
postential to push solids into the field which can shorten the life of the
That said, there's not a lot you can do at this point. If things get back to
normal you can wait until your pumping person shows up and have them check out
the system operation.
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