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Is it normal for a 1" Lawn Sprinkler repair to leak only under pressure?

Using 4 steel radiator like bands, I replaced a section of underground lawn sprinkler black plastic pipe that runs over a septic drain field. Repair couplers do not leak until i press my foot down ...
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Why does the toilet keep running?

One of our two toilets keeps running (septic system); both toilets have black sediment (sand-like) in toilets and tanks and slightly gray water. The toilet closest to drain field keeps running (has 3-...
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Can we install an aeration unit in an older septic system?

Our home was built in 1957. We have had problems for years with having a wet drain field and keep having our septic pumped. Today (of course my husband is away), I have done a couple of loads of ...
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Plumbing and septic: bubbling and backing up

My mother lives in a two bedroom trailer with two full bathrooms. It's got a septic tank, but the toilets bubble and back up anytime she uses the dishwasher, washing machine or runs water in the sinks ...
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Found old, deteriorated septic tank lids in yard, do I need to keep them?

Our house was built in 1965. We purchased it about 1 1/2 years ago. While doing some yardwork this weekend, we discovered a septic tank lid about 6" below the grass. Then we remembered seeing a ...
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Why is it illegal to use root killers on a septic system in Florida?

We were talking to a contractor today about keeping our septic system in good shape and one of the things he recommended is using a root killer, to ensure no roots hurt the system. But when looking ...
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Product recommendations for clearing a drain connected to a septic system?

Our shower drain appears to be clogged and is draining slowly. What product can I use to safely clear the drain without damaging our septic system? According to Drano's site (http://www.drano.com/...
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Should I use an additive to my septic system?

I recently bought a house with a septic system. In researching maintenance for a septic system I am getting mixed messages about if I should be putting an additive (Rid-X or bakers yeast) down the ...
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Why does water rush through pipes when no water is being used?

We live in a house with city water, septic well, water softener and sump pump. We periodically hear a very loud sound of rushing water through pipes in the house. It lasts about 15 - 20 minutes. This ...
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Sewer Line Installation [closed]

I am running a septic line from my mancave to the main 4" sewer line coming out of my house. I want to splice into this line coming out of the house. The total run is 60'; is this ok to do?
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Rebuilding a septic drain field

When rebuilding a drain field, is it imperative to dig individual trenches for each "tine" of the drain pipe "fork", or would it be possible to just dig one big hole to lay all the piping down. If I ...
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Septic problem!

We have an issue with our septic pipe I guess or something else. Our septic tank is in the backyard and we had that pumped not to long ago. The problem arises when we shower, run the dishwasher, or ...
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Whatr size aerator pump is needed for a 500 gallon aerobic system?

Our septic system was here when we bought the house and it is unbranded. the aerator pump above ground needs to be replaced. How do we determine what size pump for a 500 gallon capacity aerobic ...
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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 bi-...
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What is involved with a perk test?

We're looking at buying some land soon so we can build our little get away. I will have a perk test done at some point but was wondering what it involves? Is this something I could do on my own? I ...
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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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Should new septic system be filled with water?

I have a brand new septic system and a new 1000 gallon 2 stage cement tank. This is for a cabin that is only used 4 weeks a year with 2 people. Only a toilet is going to the septic. It will take me a ...
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Installing washer/dryer combo in kitchen

Due to space constraints, I am planning to install 1 1/2 inch pvc piping through cabinetry to the sink tailpiece (with some type of tee) which will go straight down to the p-trap to the main kitchen ...
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Can I eliminate the pump in my septic system?

I have a pressurized septic system with the second tank and a pump, and the pump keeps tripping the breaker and setting off the alarm even though I've put new plugs on it and replaced the breaker. ...
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Wet weather spring affecting my septic field

Hope someone can help me here. I have a wet weather spring that is behind and above my yard and the property is owned by the HOA. In fact my yard is at the bottom of 2 other adjoining properties that ...
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How to locate septic lid in yard

I have a septic system in my backyard, but I don't know where the lid is. Is there a way to locate it based on the pipes or other method? I think it's under the lawn somewhere. The reason I want to ...
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How to reconnect disconnected elbow in waste pipe?

I live in a mobile home community, the septic recently was overflown, it was pumped, however the main line connecting to the pipes in my house was "out of place" when the maintenance person "banged it ...
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Has our new septic tank been properly waterproofed?

We have a new septic tank made of solid stone masonry. The masonry is held together by cement mortar and has been plastered with cement plaster. A professional working on the job has ensured us that ...
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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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is it ok to feed wasted water from water softener into a septic tank system, how long will it take to start noticing

i am thinking on installing a water softener in my house where i have a septic tank to handle waste water,will the septic system be affected by the water of the water softener, and what will happen to ...
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Sewer Smell in Sumps

I recently bought a house with two sump pumps in the basement. They do their job well despite running every hour or two due to the high clay table in the area. The property also has a septic system, ...
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Septic system failed - should I try installing an aeration unit?

My septic system's leach field is not able to absorb the liquid that comes out of the septic tank any more. It flows out of the pipes in the leach field and surfaces in the grass. Based on the reading ...
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Old Septic Tanks & Fields

I found a old unused (20+ yrs old) septic tank/field in an area that I want to build apon, what am I suppose to do &/or who am I suppose to contact? thanks, Caneadea
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What are the possible solutions for an uphill septic system in rocky area around lake

I'm looking to purchase a bank owned bungalow that had some really sketchy things going on with the septic system. I know that I will have to completely re-work the septic system if I purchase it and ...
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How much should replacing septic tank lids cost, and what is involved?

My wife and I may be possibly buying a house with a septic tank. We had it inspected and the report showed that the tank was in good condition however the "tank lids" would need to be replaced. I'm ...
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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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What Type of PVC pipe is required for a septic tank inlet?

I am trying to understand what type of PVC pipe is required for the main septic drain line from the house to septic tank. The IRC says this: International Private Sewage Disposal Code 2012 ...
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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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Water is leaking from basement toilet. help

I bought this house that was without electricity for 8 months (water pipes froze too). I have a septic system. I've removed toilet in the basement and plugged septic pipe (it was filled with water)... ...
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Why will my toilet not flush after it rains or when ground is wet

I live in a house with a septic system. When the winter/spring rains come, the toilet on the ground level master bedroom does not flush. We have another toilet on the ground floor that does flush. ...
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Can I drill holes in septic tank risers to off-gas hydrogen sulfide?

How about drilling a few small vent holes in the riser (assuming it is open air and not buried)? The septic guy says that doing so would vent the HS gas and significantly extend the life of the second ...
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Can a lack of oxygen cause septic tank deterioration?

After 2 years I had my 8 year old septic tank pumped out for the second time. When we looked inside we found that the area above the outlet had concrete deterioration. Whatever happened ate through ...
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How often do septic tanks typically need to be pumped?

At the risk of potentially asking an off-topic question, I'd like to better understand the maintenance of a septic tank. I've never had one before and am unfamiliar with how to manage one. My ...
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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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What can we do about a separate drain from our washing machine to our septic system that has failed?

Our contractor put our washing machine drain in our yard separate from our septic system. However, it is plugged up and failed. We need a solution without putting in a whole new drain. What can we do?...
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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 ...
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Why is my sewer drain line suddenly having frequent blockages?

One month ago I experienced bubbling in my downstairs toilet when someone was taking a shower upstairs. The toilet bubbling concerned me and I noticed a little water on the floor the next day, nothing ...
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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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Does my vented septic tank even require traps and vents near the actual fixture connections?

My home has a septic system with a vented lid to let the sewer gasses escape from the tank itself. As a result, it seems like far less gas (if any) would travel up the waste plumbing and exit through ...
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Why is my toilet constantly backing up?

I've been in my new house for a few months now, and I end up plunging one of our two toilets about once a week - they tend to swap turns on which one gets to be finicky each week. Is there a more ...
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Why do I hear water running in my bedroom wall when faucets are on or when toilets are flushed?

I've lived in my house for almost 9 years. I recently had my septic tank emptied. I've noticed that about a few weeks after emptying the tank that whenever I flush or when the water is running in the ...
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Yard Smells Funky When It Rains-I have a Septic System

I just bought a house with well and septic. The last two times it has rained continuously for more than a day I noticed a foul smell around my back yard. There is a septic system, but I had it ...
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How do I diagnose and fix a toilet blockage

I have a toilet that makes a gurgling noise IF it flushes down. However, at times it will fill up when I flush the toilet and I will see something come up from the bathroom drain. I have tried putting ...
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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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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 ...