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Our company is located on heavy clay that has great water retention, but very poor drainage. For this type system, you create a sand trap which is a large elevated box filled with several layers of aggregate that serves as the leach field. Needless to say, it is all above grade. The pump has only given out once in the last 20 years, and the sand trap septic ...


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My house has a two part septic system. There is a tank by the house with a pump that moves the stuff up to the leach field that is uphill in my backyard. I was worried at first about the setup at first, but we've been here 4 years without any issues. I'm not sure about the distances/elevations involved with your situation, so I would advise bringing in an ...


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Forget a septic system and instead get a waste water treatment system. The output is drinkable, clean water. However, most people prefer to just use the water for watering the lawn. This Old House installed one recently. See http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/tv/house-project/show-descriptions/0,,20587082,00.html


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You should not add an upward bend to the pipe, as that will more likely lead to water always sitting in the pipe. Instead you should add a check valve (one way valve) to the line. This will allow the pump to push water out, while preventing ditch water from flowing back in. If the pump is strong enough, it should be able to push water into the ditch even ...


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If the rise on the pump is enough for the additional height of the J, I would think it would be enough to pump despite back-pressure from whatever water is in the ditch... but I may be wrong about that. So you might need a more powerful pump even with the extension. This sounds to me like the first step should be to make sure the property is graded so water ...



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