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Looking at buying house with mechanical septic system. What questions should I be asking?

House is 30 years old, and I assume the septic system is as well. Septic has been supposedly pumped twice a year. What kind of questions should I be asking about it? I've never had a home with a ...
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How can I determine if my septic drain field needs replacement?

So last week I noticed there was a puddle of water on top of our septic tank, which was gone by the morning (few days before that it rained hard all day and most of the night - I figured water must ...
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Spetic Issue at end of leach line?

Our home, over 40 years old, likely retains its original septic tank. Situated in a densely wooded area with few neighbors, we've maintained the property well. Recently, within the last year, we had ...
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Understanding the risks surrounding empty tanks & containers (propane, natural gas, septic, etc.)

In a quickly upvoted comment to this answer regarding propane tanks, community member crip659 wrote: I would change "any level" to ever contained. Empty containers can be as bad(deadly) as ...
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strange sewer like smell

Can anyone answer this sewer question. We have been having stench smells in our trailer for a while. I thought it might be the AAV vents under the sinks. But it's not those, replaced. Already cleaned ...
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What type of pipe should I use in my drain/leach septic field?

I have an older house and its septic somewhat failed. Leach field pipes were not glued and they all disconnected immediately after d-box so that none was going into the field. These are also very ...
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Sewer smells/Noxious fumes in house

We purchased a house 6 months ago in Western Oregon, a very wet climate. The old cement septic was cracked on inspection and replaced with a new poly one just prior to our arrival. The old one was ...
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Is this some kind of backflush septic filter?

Filter is connected to two white PVC pipes: But it also has this tiny black hose that sends water to tank when pump is engaged. See this picture: Is it some kind of backflush filter (similar to R.O. ...
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Can I install a septic system drain field over a power conduit?

In Washington state is it ok to install a septic drain field over electrical lines in a sealed conduit buried 3ft deep? I have not done it but looking for locations on my property and wondering if it'...
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Can I keep the baffle filter outside of septic tank

My builder has made a mistake , he didn't install Baffle filter either for septic tank inlet or outlet and he didn't make any provision for soak pit or cess pit Builder has kept both inlet pipes and ...
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I want to wire two pumps so that one turns off when the other turns on

I have an aerator pump in my septic tank that runs continuously. I want to wire a timed septic pump to the same circuit so that the aerator turns off when the septic pump turns on.
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Sewage smell in bathroom and outside house

The day after moving into our recently purchased house in Oregon, we started noticing sewage smells on the back deck that were periodically overwhelming. We later began smelling it on the opposite ...
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Is my plan to repair a broken primary septic drain pipe reasonable?

I bought a house a few years ago and it appears as though the previous owner knew the septic pipe was leaking where it leaves the house and goes to the septic tank. There’s about a tube’s worth of ...
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How to make the septic tank safe for human entry

My septic tank is hard sealed with concrete slab. My mason and plumber wants to install two Effluent filter inside the septic tank. So I'll call up the septic tank trucks ,they will suck the septic ...
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Is it risky to have soak pit of septic tank near building

I have series of soak pits connected by pipe and this soak pit takes grey water from Kitchen and bathroom only. I have to call septic tank lorry frequently to pump out the filled up septic tank. ...
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Why did a new drain pipe cause my septic tank to smell outside?

We have (what I think) is a pretty standard setup: various drains converge in the basement and exit through a single pipe out to the septic tank. I have lived in this house for 13 months and never ...
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Water on top of sewer pump cover

I have water standing on the top of the sewer pump cover in my basement. The sewer pump is used to pump the waste water from a full bathroom in the basement (toilet, shower, sink) up to the main ...
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Septic Tank backed up into the basement. What now?

We had a flash flood over the weekend which caused the septic tank to overflow, spilling vile sewage water into my parent’s house while they were away. There was about 2 inches of water and most of it ...
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Septic tank issue

I had my septic tank pumped out two weeks ago. When bath water drains the toilet is still gurgling and the dirt on top of septic system is wet. Does anyone know what the possible problem is?
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Dry Well Failing in Septic System

My septic system (tank and dry well, no drain field) is about 60 years old and from the most recent inspection, it seems that the dry well is no longer discharging water to the soil. Is there any fix ...
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Can I use my SpeedQueen washer with well & septic?

We are buying a house with well & septic. Well was tested at 6.6 gpm and the septic system checked out okay. This will be the first time I'm not on public utilities and I am stressed. Just 2 ...
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Is it ok to connect septic overflow line to a concrete box which has incoming from kitchen and bathroom line?

I have a precast concrete box like the one in below and this have three inlets and one outlet. outlet -> Takes the water to near by canal Inlet 1 -> Kitchen sink outlet is connected with this ...
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No vent in my cabin and smell septic tank

I have a cabin without a vent on the roof for the drain pipe. We have a concrete septic tank also without any vent. My water drains correctly inside but we have some smell in my bathroom. Does anybody ...
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Is it ok to sod or mulch over a leach field?

So we have nine people living in our house. Several teenagers means lots of showers and laundry. We have a pretty persistent wet spot at the end of our leach field but the system has been inspected ...
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Downstairs bubbling toilet when upstairs shower runs

What could cause the downstairs toilet in the middle of the house to bubble (and sometimes make the water disappear) when someone takes a shower upstairs all the way at the far side of the house? Info ...
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Why does my septic vent pipe cap pop off? [closed]

Why does the vent cap on the vent pipe that is located in our yard occasionally pop off? Does the vent cap need to be tightly secured? Thank you.
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What's the impact of Chlorine on prefabricated concrete ring well

I have a percolation pit made up of 5 cement rings. I use this percolation pit to hold filtered water from septic tank. I would like to drop chlorine tablet ( 1.67gm Water Purification Tablets, Each ...
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Smart/Wi-Fi septic alarm monitors? [closed]

I'm looking for the way to be alerted remotely when I get a septic pump alarm in my summer house. The septic pump is a traditional one, with a buzzer that goes off when the float gets too high and ...
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How to design my own septic tank filter

My building has septic tank on its southeast corner. I have no manhole cover, i.e, upward/eastward/westward/northward access to my septic tank, it's all covered. I can access it through south wall ...
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Do we need an air vent pipe for percolation (septic) tank?

I'm going to set up water percolation tank( made of cement rings ) for filtered septic water from septic tank. Is it necessary to have air vent pipe? but it could cause some foul smell. Would it be a ...
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Using a septic tank for toilet black water only

Can you use a septic tank only with black water from the toilet? I am planning to reuse the other water (shower, sinks, kitchen) and only use the septic tank for the black water coming from the toilet....
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Concrete pour: consolidation vs too dry mix

Resealed the outlet baffle on a septic tank, and noticed a smallish crack under the outlet on the tank extending about 18in down, a little bit of the grey water was weeping out of the crack. I poured ...
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Can I run septic effluent through a series of filters and get clean water out the other end? [closed]

Let's pretend that my leach field suddenly malfunctions ... but we need to continue occupying our house ... so we route the septic tanks effluent through a progressively more aggressive series of 4 or ...
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Discovered old dry well or septic tank with muddy water - can I just fill it in?

My house has been on the sewer main for 30+ years (original house built 1959, at least three owners ago), but a hole opened up about ten feet from my foundation. Looking down, it's a round cavity, 4 ...
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Why is my toilet bowl filling up?

It's been 4 months since we moved in to the newly constructed house and the septic tank is quite large (like 10 feet length, 6 feet depth and 8 feet width). Water seems to be backing up in the toilet ...
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Is it safe to have a drain in the floor out to the septic tank with no trap?

I had a contractor add an additional bath. When we were planning out the project, he mentioned my lack of a water heater valve drain pan. Instead, he installed a drain directly into the septic line ...
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How to stop foul smell in toilet

My toilet always leaves some kind of foul smell not sure how it happens , all the toilets and septic tank has vent pipe too. I personally checked my WC and it's properly attached with floor and it's ...
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Does this septic tank have built in baffles?

I had a septic tank delivered and want to understand what needs to be done for the hookup (I'm not doing it myself, just want to be sure I understand the requirements). I'd seen / read that you ...
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Digging out septic lid but going through unexpected material

I bought this house with a septic system two months ago, and we had the septic system inspected, which left two clear dug-up areas in the lawn. I am digging up what I think is the inlet lid (closer to ...
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Home condensation pump emptying into sewage pipe. Is this functionally okay?

I was looking at a house and noticed they had a condensation pump for a hot water heater going directly into one of the houses sewage pipes, which empties into the property's septic tank. See images ...
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How to proactively detect a clogged sewer drain pipe?

Is there a way to detect that a sewer drain pipe has clogged and is in the process of backing up? I'm not looking for a) advice like "don't put grease or tampons down the drain" or b) here ...
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Sewer connection with lift pump, or septic tank?

My wife and I are considering a building lot. The city ran a sewer line down the street in front of the lot early this spring, so connecting to the sewer is a possibility, but would require a lift ...
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How should I interpret these septic system diagram markings?

We bought a house built in 1996 with a sand filter septic system. We got the following diagram of the system: but it might as well be ancient runes to us. Specific questions: What does "D.F.S.B....
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Garage drain isn't draining, how can I figure out where it ends?

My house is a 1977 ranch with double garage underneath and it has septic tanks. A round drain in the garage seems to go to the left as that's where the vacuum hose goes when I put it in the drain, but ...
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Is an air admittance valve suitable on a sewage ejector pump basin?

My contractor recently installed a sewage ejector pump for a new basement bathroom that will feed waste to a septic tank. The pump will be handling a toilet, shower, and two sinks. I have some ...
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Septic PVC Collar Leaking - Surfacing Wastewater

Issue I noticed a few days ago that the snow around my septic tank has been melting/iced. I didn't think much of it at first, because there wasn't much of an odor, and it was clear. However, after ...
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Running a gas line to the garage

Hey guys I need to run a buried gas line from my house to the garage. Its about 60 ft run. It passes through my driveway (gravel). How deep am I supposed to burry it to be safe? What line should I buy?...
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Can salt water kill bacteria in septic tank

My septic tank has open bottom and as it's rainy season and the salt water from the ground (clay) is coming up to a foot, but I'm wondering whether it can kill all the bacteria (anaerobic, aerobic) ...
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Can sludge in septic tank prevent water from draining into the ground

I am just wondering whether sludge that settles at the bottom of the septic tank can block the water from draining(discharging) into the ground. If yes then what are the steps that we have to take to ...
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Do I need buffer walls in septic tank

I studied somewhere that a septic tank should have 2 buffer walls so one side water enters and all the sludge settles down in first chamber and the water that overflows above the first buffer wall is ...
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