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Old 01-31-2007, 06:00 PM
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I noticed that I could hear the kitchen sink gurgle in the bathtub drain while I was in the bathroom

then after moderate use of dishes, laundry, 3 showers

outside my back door right where the septic tank is

there was two gopher hole mounds? looked like wet dirt beehive shaped 10 inches tall

looks like what a groundhog or gopher would do

but its from the septic system

septic has not been pumped out in 3 years 2 adults, one child 3 bedroom house
NOTE: ITS NINE DEGREES OUTSIDE WITH SNOW.... SO BFC...

1: is this bad?

2:would a regular pump out be in order? usually $150.00

3:If not how much are we talking?

I called one guy he would come out and look at it for free
but he wants to clean tiles, or field with a 300 psi 4 foot cleaning tool to unclog any clogged field tiles


that he says cleans the leach field with 98% percent success rate.
but to the tune of $850.00

anyone else hear had this air pipe cleaning done?
or does that sound like smoke and mirrors too


any help would be appreciated.

let me know I need to call someone out soon to prevent any more damage..

bill
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Old 01-31-2007, 06:05 PM
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My parents are going through the same thing right now, it started yesterday, what is the cause?
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Old 01-31-2007, 06:06 PM
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By the way, my father thinks it is a frozen line since it has been so cold up here in maine.
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Old 01-31-2007, 06:12 PM
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you should not have to pump a tank but every 10 years or so.the tank is for solids.the tank stays full always if it has been a couple of years since a pumpout i would say it is most likely the drain field.first thing i would look at is trees see if you have any close to the drain field.roots is the number one cause of drain field failure.can't speak much on frozen drainfield pipes as it never is that cold here does the house have a cleanout?if so look inside to see if there is any standing water.
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Old 01-31-2007, 07:24 PM
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Ya know whats required in septic tanks now?? Would you believe a filter?? Yep, right there at the outlet to the drainfield, a filter. A filter that plugs up easily. Brilliant!
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Old 01-31-2007, 07:32 PM
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billinstuart - 1/31/2007 7:24 PM

Ya know whats required in septic tanks now?? Would you believe a filter?? Yep, right there at the outlet to the drainfield, a filter. A filter that plugs up easily. Brilliant!
Yes this saves your leaching field from lint which will kill your field
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:24 PM
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Both your input line and output line need a baffle which is basicly a 90 deg pvc elbow, pointing down, attached to your pipes and held with big hose clamps. This prevents solids from either backing up your inlet or flowing out your outlet and plugging your leaching field, which is a major bill if your leaching field gets clogged. I had my system pumped a couple yrs ago and both baffles had fallen off. It's not a hard job to do but it's not pretty. Make sure you get to it right after it's pumped before it fills up again. DO NOT, repeat, DO NOT climb down into the septic system, you should be able to do all the work from the access holes in the top of the tank. Watch for dirt and stones from falling in and splashing back up at you, I lost a small socket that I figured I would just leave for the septic gods and asfore the smell, just think of it as the smell of money.
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:27 PM
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You need to have your tank pumped out.
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Old 02-01-2007, 09:35 AM
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If you are hearing the kitchen sink thru another drain, check the vent. Probably a bird's nest
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Old 02-01-2007, 11:08 AM
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There are charts bases on size of the tank, size of leach field and number of people that show how often you need to pump. It's still a good idea to pump every 2-4 years regardless so the sediment doesnt harden at the bottom of the tank. When it hardens it becomes un-pumpable.

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Old 02-01-2007, 11:13 AM
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One more simple item (and something I learned the hard way): make sure you don't have a toilet that is running. You would not believe the amount of water that a leaky toilet can put into a septic tank. We had one pumped three times on a rental property before we figured this one out.
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Old 02-01-2007, 11:40 AM
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once your filter field gets "glazed" youve got to pump out the tank and replace/clean the field media
hopefully that's not the case...mine was $1500...
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Old 02-01-2007, 02:53 PM
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well, $177.50 later and a pumpout

it was full, had a layer of what looked like red foam on the top 1000 gallon

tasted like chicken....

but not above the normal line.

the lid had a corner that had a small crack and would not come loose.
they said they could fix it for 150.00 with a new lid.
but it didnt not budge for them so they left it the way it was.

3 years ago when i bought the house the inspector let them use the inspection port to drain it and never had them remove the lid.
so they did not see the cracked lid or the sheet metal fixit plate over that area. where the crack is.


the septic system is ok, turns out that a huge gopher would like to call the dirt between the tank and the ground a heated home...

that is a smell i willl soon want to forget

bill
thanks for your help

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