Here's one for the twilight zone..
Saturday, July 23, 2005. I discover water percolating from the ground
where my 20-year-old septic tank is. I call a local service company,
and they come out Sunday morrning (24th) and pump it out, It's easy
to tell that the outlet is blocked,
I pay $300 to have 1000 gallons of fluid and a relatively small amount
of solids pumped out (Single person household)
I kept water usage to a minimum over the week, averaging 24 gallons
per day, much of that not going down the drain. (Measured by taking
water meter readings)
Today, 8 days later, I dig up the cleanout hatch to run a snake down
the outlet pipe to see how close the blockage is (5 ft).
The really strange thing is that the 100 gallon tank is full again,
just up to the bottom of the outlet. By my calculator, that's about
115 gallons extra per day.
1. Rainwater from the downspout slightly uphill from the pipe that
runs from the house to the tank is filtering into the fill around the
house and into a hole in the pipe. If this were true, I'd expect to
see a hole in the ground were the water has been entering, but I don't
see any. Plus, we've only had scattered thunderstorms during the
week, no steady rain.
2. The leaching field is completely saturated, and has been draining
back into the tank all week,
3. My neighbor's house is hooked to my tank (100 feet away?)
4. Waterlogged ghosts using my toilets when I'm not home?
Pick a number, or propose a new theory...
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