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Questions tagged [septic]

Questions related to septic systems

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Toilet gurgling/ bubbling and backing up on septic

OK...had my cleanouts inspected and cleared and septic pumped....all fine. So, it has to be from the septic to the drain fields. Have a probe and know where my line is from the septic the fields and ...
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Washing machine causing drainage issues in a mobile home

When the washing machine drains it causes bubbling in the toilet,and creates slow drainage from other areas of home,sometimes causing a backup later on..a plumber snaked septic line 49 ft .and felt a ...
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septic leak - what's leaking?

Over the past 3 months I've noticed some standing water in my yard. We had a lot of rain, so I thought it was just runoff from the surrounding area. However today I saw the water flowing and we haven'...
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Replace septic system before failure?

We're looking at getting some landscaping work done in the front yard to remedy some drainage issues. Two years ago we got an inspection of a septic system that is underneath the front yard done, and ...
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Can a septic dispersal field be too big?

When designing a septic dispersal field (via sub-surface dripline), can it be harmful for the field to be much larger than required? E.g. not getting enough wastewater through to keep the drippers ...
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How can I remedy a septic system that is sometimes below the surrounding water level?

We have a septic tank. About two years ago, after a hurricane, we had additional drain lines placed because of excessive water. Well, we had another hurricane and the tank was pumped. We were told ...
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Plumbing venting into apartment

I am a renter and my house often smells overbearing of sewers gas. I guess this is a two part question. The smell cures up from all the drains and I’ve made the landlord aware of this, she has not ...
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What is a “washing machine filter”?

I read an article on leach fields that recommended that a "washing machine filter" be used to prevent lint from getting into the septic system. What is that? The portal for my washing machine ...
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Can flies get in the house from the septic tank?

I recently bought a house which is completely empty, no food or anything, but a constant source of dead house flies is found on the floors. How can they be getting in? I checked all the windows and ...
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Can a septic system leach field be installed over clean fill?

First off, this is my first post here, so I apologize in advance if this isn't the right place to ask this. Please feel free to move it around and/or re-tag it if you think it fits better somewhere ...
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Is Liquid Plumr or Drano safe to use with a septic system?

Just as the title asks, is it safe to use products like Liquid Plumr or Drano in a Septic system?
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Septic line drop requirements - 100' too long of a run?

I'm installing a modular building on a piece of land I've purchased. The land is only 60' wide with trees lining the sides. For me to set the modular building and still have the ability to get around ...
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Should this Grasslin UWZ48-L hour counter in my septic pump box be rolling or ticking over?

Should this counter be moving forward if it is working properly? Would it tick 1 hour at a time (tick at the hour) or slowly roll forward minute by minute (slow roll)? Background: My septic alarmed ...
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Septic Inspection Pipe crooked in field

Hope you can help maybe. Our Septic ( built 2009 ) is a mound system, but installed in a depressed area of the property so it doesn't really look like one. After the recent torrent of rain we've ...
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Septic system tile bed: Is there some means of keeping tree roots out of it?

I'd prefer to avoid felling nearby trees. Are barriers feasible solutions? Thanks for considering the question.
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Why is all the plumbing draining slowly in my old farmhouse?

I have just purchased an old farm house that has a septic tank. The tub drains slowly and the toilet will not flush toilet paper or waste. The toilet will flush if you pour about a quart of water in ...
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Adequacy test on a septic system to sell house

Does any one out there know how to figure the adequacy test on a 1000 gal septic system? It's required here to sell your house. It's an engineer question but I don't know any. I know you add water, ...
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My toilet won't flush when it's windy

I have a septic tank. When it's windy it won't flush. The bowl fills up and will slowly go down, but no complete flush.
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septic pump trips new gfci on dedicated circut

Its 2/5/20118 now and my septic pump on a brand new gfci trips the gfci---the new float switch does not by itself trip the gfci--the pump by it self or in combo with the flooat switch does trip--I ...
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Why is my toilet bubbling when other fixtures drain?

After having septic pumped out, main line professionally augered and installed a new efficient toilet, water in toilet still bubbles when other drains empty. When laundry water drained, some came up ...
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Septic vented into basement - newly smelly

It appears that the vent for gasses from our septic system, which I've learned through googling normally comes out of the roof, is instead just a 2 inch pipe extending two feet up from where the waste ...
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New septic tank + smell in house

We have recently had a new septic tank put in our house (about 3 months ago). 1 month after the works were complete, there started to be an overwhelming septic tank smell in the house. There is only ...
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Cesspool vs Septic system, what's the difference?

I own a home on Long Island, NY, which has an original block construction cesspool. These are known to collapse, and I'd like to replace it in the near future. I was given two options for replacement: ...
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What are “alternative absorption field products” and are they a good choice?

My county's application for a septic tank permit asks if I want to use "alternative absorption field products" instead of pipe and gravel. They won't make any recommendation of one type of absorption ...
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What are the factors in determining the cost of a septic system and what can I do to decrease it?

One of the biggest topics around building or homesteading in the country is the potential cost of a septic. Fundamentally I understand why good septic design is important for health and safety. i've ...
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What does it mean when a property listing says that the county denied for a “conventional” septic system [closed]

I'm interested in buying a plot of land and building something on it. I'll need plumbing and electricity on this plot of land and I think I found a perfect lot for sale, but one of the bits of ...
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Washing machine hose backing up and overflowing AFTER septic tank has been emptied

A few months ago, my washer started overflowing from the pvc pipe. A friend who's very well versed at plumbing cut the PVC pipe, snaked it and there was nothing blocking it. He pulled the cap off the ...
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How do I remove the septic effluent pump

I have an aerobic septic system. I need to remove the effluent pump that drives the sprinklers. It seems connected to the floor of the tank. After disconnecting the pipe union, I can rotate the stack ...
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Septic tank concrete flooring

Does septic tank need to have concrete flooring? If so, why? Will the concrete flooring affect the decomposition of waste? Thanks!
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How often should our septic aerator run during a day?

Our vacation home has a pump on the septic and an aerator. Our electric bill seems high even when we are not there. How often should the aerator kick on?
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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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What are some inexpensive DIY options for fixing a low water pressure condition in a toilet?

Low Water Pressure We have a toilet that has very low-pressure flushing action. Is there anything that I can do other than calling in a professional? We've had a few people out to look at it and they ...
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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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Is it safe to plant shrubs or flowers in the soil above my septic tank?

I have a septic system that has a tank underneath my front lawn. This is an eye-sore as the access points are clearly visible to anyone coming down our driveway. I would like to plant some shrubs/...
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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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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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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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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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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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Toilet Still Gurgling

Three months ago when we moved into our home, the toilet started gurgling so we had septic tank pumped, and drainline from house to septic cleaned out. Two months ago, happened again, so we tried a ...