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Why are our toilets not flushing correctly after our septic system was cleaned?

We just our septic tanks cleaned. The lines had suction applied. Now neither of our toilets will flush correctly. The water will drain out but the paper will not go down. Any suggestions as to our ...
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septic tank problem

We have a septic tank that had been pumped 3 months ago. The sewage backed up into bathtubs 3 months later. The ABS pipe at the entrance of the septic tank was found bent (?) and creating the problem. ...
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What is suggested as a way to get excess water out of septic lines?

I am experiencing septic field line failure due to my wonderful water company having a water main break in 2014. I did not realize the issue was related to the water main when I had someone out here ...
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Can homeowners install sink grease traps to prevent build up in septic/sewer lines?

My septic system periodically gets clogged with hardened grease build up which I have to manually clean out (about twice a year). I use a bacteria additive monthly and have the tank pumped ...
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Aeration of septic tank

How many cubic feet per minute of air is needed to convert a standard septic tank into an aerobatic septic tank? I am considering converting my standard septic tank into a aerobatic one by pumping ...
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How can I build a septic tank?

I am considering renovating my house, that will be turned into a small student housing (approx 10 - 15 people). I would like to know what is the most efficient way to build a septic tank to dispose ...
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Risks of buying vacant lot for new home construction with existing but unused septic system?

My wife and I are considering purchasing a vacant lot for a new home construction. One of the main advertised selling points of the lot is that it has an unused septic system (tank, distribution box, ...
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Why is lots of water bad for septic, and how can I take long showers without hurting it?

I recently bought my first home that has septic, after 26 years of living with sewers. I've heard that putting lots of water down the septic all at one time is bad for the system, but I'm confused as ...
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Are two smaller septic tanks equivalent to one large tank?

Related: How often do septic tanks typically need to be pumped? Our home has two 800 gallon tanks next to each other, from the previous plumbers drawing it looks like they are connected. I was ...
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Why would a sump pump cycle when pumping large amounts of water?

In my septic system, I have a sump pump that pumps the liquid into the drainage field. We have a tank alarm in this tank with the pump, but someone (not sure if it was me or someone else) forgot to ...
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Is my septic tank leaking?

I have a 1000 gal plastic septic tank about 25 ys old that drains into a seepage pit. When I am away for 3 weeks the water level drops about 6 inches below the output drain pipe. I fill it back up and ...
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Should I replace my septic tank if I don't need to?

Our house is 40-50 years old, and we've recently discovered that our drain field is shot. We're getting that replaced, and figured we may as well replace the tank while we're at it. Are there any ...
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What could cause my toilet to 'Gurgle'?

The last few days the toilets in the house (2 toilets) are making a gurgling noise. When I go and look, I can see the water is standing very low. When I then flush the toilet, the water either keeps ...
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Septic Replacement: Can I Do it Myself?

I am looking at a property with a serious fixer-upper on it. I want to place a mobile home on the property while gutting out existing building to see if it can be renovated. My question is about the ...
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What should I do with an old, unused septic tank in my yard?

I have a septic tank in my yard that is no longer used. Can I leave it there? Should I remove it? Fill it with something? I'm not entirely sure of the building material used to construct it; I ...
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What can (and cannot) be put down drains that are connected to septic systems?

This might be more appropriate as a community wiki... We have a septic system and I'm extremely paranoid about what can (and cannot) be put down our sink drains. I know the general answer is ...
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How do I care for the land area directly above a septic tank?

Any suggestions for how to care for the land area directly above a septic tank? I'm a first-time home buyer with a septic tank in my front yard. I'd like it to be aesthetically pleasing and ...
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About how much would replacing a septic tank cost me?

We recently had our septic system inspected and were informed that the tanks themselves were shot and would need to be replaced. I'm in the process of getting estimates but in the meantime, I was ...