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Septic alarm went off. Pump running. Unknown valve in closed position. Is there DIY fix or tank needs to be drained?

Recently bought a home with septic system and alarm went off. I silenced it: It seems it has been in continuous mode for at least last few months. First question - Is this the expected mode or should ...
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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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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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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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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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Leach field absorption layer below trench

This is my first question here. I am in the process of designing a leach field. There is only a depth of 45cm (20") of soil (good perc test) after that another 20cm (8") of large stones in ...
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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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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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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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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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Septic tank TLC (Europe)

We are getting some odors; at least partly from our septic tank. We purchased the house a year ago; and don't have any detailed plumbing schematics. So trying to work out what is currently happening; ...
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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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Propane and septic pipes

Is it safe to have a propane line (within a PVC conduit) cross a septic pipe (house to septic tank) underground?
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Unknown wire in septic tank pump installation

I have a septic lift pump station. When I open the outdoor control box I find one wire-nut connection connecting the 12V 14-2 wire from indoor low voltage alarm box with wire to high level float that ...
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Do I need an emergency septic pumping or to have pipes cleaned when toilets flood after cleaning filter?

I own a rental property with a septic tank built in 2010. There are about 5 people living there and it was last pumped out 18 months ago. Their toilets started flooding yesterday. I dug out the ...
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Can a septic effluent filter be installed on a pumped system?

I have found only 4"+ and larger septic effluent filters, and they all are not rated for pressure or the flow rates of a pumped system. This leads me to believe that there are not effluent filters ...
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My septic works fine, but I have wet spots

So, I have had 2 septic companies inspect our septic system. One pumped all the water out of the lines and dropped a camera in. Everything is working perfectly. We have saturation on our lawn. So, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can open bottom septic tank weaken the building foundation

My building has a septic tank which is at the bottom of the groundfloor. Basically it's right underneath the building and it has open bottom. I'm worried if this can weaken the soil (Clay ground) ...
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Drain lines to septic are going chug-a-lug

Starting recently when water from showers, washer, dishwasher, etc go down the drain pipes I hear what sounds like the wastewater stopping and starting. My best analogy would be like an unvented 5-...
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Sink Smell and Slimy P-Trap

I have a sink which emits an odor from the drain. I checked the p-trap and there was a pretty nasty buildup of black slime in it. I'm cleaning that out, but find it strange that just this one drain ...
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Washer and toilet water backing up into shower. Can't change plumbing. What can I do?

Renting a tear down, landlord does next to nothing, house will be torn down. Water drainage from house is not working, also not going to be redone. So the problem is drainage for 3 showers 4 toilets ...
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