During the winter my septic system backed up into my basement laundry tubs
so I had the tank pumped, (it had not been done in quite a few years). Now
that the snow has melted I notice that whenever I do a load of laundry,
water puddles over top of the septic tank. After a while it drains away.
What would be causing this to happen?
Its a lot of digging--and maybe its just the outlet pipe or a distribution
box has shifted.
If you are in the sticks at all, I would look around and find if a neighbor
has a backhoe, often someone local can come out and inspect /advise and may
well be your most economical contractor for such work, as he wont have to
drive his backhoe too far to your place.
I have replaced a drainfield myself in the past renting a small excavator,
but beware there are most likely permitting issues, depending on where you
Leech field may need to be reworked or, as was in my case, one of my pipes
was blocked going into the tank. After snaking them all out, and power
washing with a power nozzle on the hose, the problem went away.
Find your tank top, once dug out and open, you'll be able to look down and
see your pipe coming in. You'll have at least one, of course, or more.
Mine had two going in. I ran the hose from the septic tank side up as far
as I could go to flush them out. I also have a stand pipe in my yard, I
open the cap and it is an access pipe between the house and the tank, I was
able to flush from there also.
Just like snowflakes, no to septic setups are alike.
I wish you luck.
No, out of the tank goes into your leech field, you don't want to be
flooding that with water. After a good amount of time, a leech field can
become dirt/clay heavy instead of rock. When that happens your leech field
fails to do it's job properly. That's when you have to bring in the
backhoe, dig it all out and lay fresh rock, then cover it back up with
Septic tanks work well when they work, but when they go whacko, it's never
an easy job.
It's been real wet here this spring and the lawn over the leech bed is much
wetter than the rest of the lawn. A neighbour who has lived in town
suggested that it might also be that the lines are just full of water. The
weather shows 4 or 5 days of dry weather coming up so I'm going to leave it
be for few days and keep a close eye on it. If it's still puddling over the
tank after a few dry days I'll start digging the leech field from the tank
out and hope I can find and clear/replace any blocked pipes.
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