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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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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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Brittle material flaking off in toilet

just moved into my first rural property which is on well and septic. Today I noticed that the upstairs toilet had a weird flat object lying in the bowl that seemed to have come loose from flushing. I ...
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How do I troubleshoot my Septic Tank Alert and replace the float switch?

While tracing some errant electrical current, I ended up in the big concrete riser above the septic tank. The electrical is in there, rather than outside on a pedestal as is normal now. There, I ...
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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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Water softener - safe to discharge into septic?

Is it okay to connect a water softener discharge so it goes to the regular drain which feeds to a septic system, or may it cause harm or impair the system? It seems like online there are articles ...
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What should I do about accidentally penetrating a septic field line?

I'm buying a piece of property and recently did a perc test on it in order to find a suitable place for a septic system. The current owner of the property installed a septic system a few years back, ...
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Should I install a second septic tank or add a long run for an outbuilding?

We have a barn in which we want to install a flush toilet (for human use). It is 53' from the home's septic tank. Would it be better to install a septic tank near the barn to service the toilet and ...
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Green grass streaks over septic tank field

I've noticed in my yard where the septic tank is that there are two rows of green streaks of grass going in a single direction for about 20 yards or so. Is this a sign for concern or normal for a ...
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Septic system was designed for 3 bedrooms but we need 4, what are my options? [closed]

We're looking to build an in-law space and for it to be legal it has to have a bedroom, which means our septic is undersized. The town has our house listed as three bedrooms (It's actually already ...
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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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Septic tank pumped 6 months ago, filter cleaned 2 weeks ago, toilet backing up again. Plumbing or septic problem?

I have a septic tank that was pumped out 6 months ago. The toilets started backing up and one was leaking from the base. I had plumber out, they snaked line to septic tank but said the tank needed ...
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What is this pipe? It leaks when the sink runs

I have a pipe that is halfway under a door jamb and inside the concrete floor which when I run a the sink water is now coming out of it. This pipe is next to our AC blower unit inside the basement. I ...
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Stacking septic leach fields

I am getting ready to build a house and the state code is 100 ft of leach field per bedroom. Due to the size of the lot I am limited to where I can place the house due to the leach field length code. ...
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How to change waste pipe fitting with a small amount of male pipe to work with?

I'm adding a 4th bathroom to my home and need to update the waste pipe going to the septic tank from 3" to 4". The pipe coming out of the foundation immediately transitions from 4" to 3&...
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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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well pump will not fill pressure tank

Just installed a Wayne WLS150 water sprinkler pump in addition to a 20 gallon pressure tank on our boat dock. The tank has a 40-60 pressure switch on it. Pump works well and pumps an enormous amount ...
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Purpose of septic vents both in the yard and also through the roof?

My house has both septic venting that goes up through the roof and also a vent in the yard. What is the need for the yard vent? Is this vent a requirement (code or otherwise)? A "best practice&...
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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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Septic/Dry Well Question

Our graywater drywell, which handles our washing machine and sinks, has come to the end of its life and no longer drains. Our options as presented to us are: dig and install a new drywell (~$5k); run ...
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Is it ok that the drain line for a septic system is above ground?

Looking to buy a property with mound septic. The pipe coming out of the house going into the mound is above ground. Is this ok? Would the pipe not freeze? Thank you.
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Can open-bottom septic tanks get full?

Our house has one of those two-chambered standard (Philippines) open-bottom septic tanks. I think it's also called a cesspool. I got into a discussion with someone on whether it can get full. Their ...
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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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Toilet clogged with paper cat litter

Here's a very related question but seems to be about clay litter: Flushed cat litter, maybe clogged? I flushed paper cat litter down my toilet. I have been doing this for 5 years without any problems,...
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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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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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Are there ways to minimize the area of my septic leach field?

We have a working septic system that we have no complaints about. However, we'd like to add a guesthouse and more bedrooms and that requires expanding the septic system. I am happy to do this and ...
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Grey water tank issues

I just finished installing a new Grey Water Pit (4’deep, 4’wide & 32’long). 4” perforated PVC runs down the middle of pit to 8” off the bottom & tees out in both directions 16’. Then filled ...
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Did I flood my septic system?

New leach pit was put in 4 months ago. The system hasn’t been used at all since then due to renovation. Yesterday however, one of the faucets was accidentally left on for about 16 hours at full blast. ...
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Does anyone know what this material is in my septic system?

These photos are of my sewage system and were taken at an inspection point right outside my house. I have had this issue for years and I don't know what the material is. I have tried changing ...
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Foundation flooding caused by new septic line

We've been living in our house for 10 years, and a few years after moving in our sewer line began backing up every 6 months or so. Each time, we'd have to pay a plumber to come in a "roto root" or ...
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Cool down wastewater from dishwasher

I am planning to install a high power dish washer. This dishwasher runs hot and the water is heated to 180 degrees during the wash cycle. One potential problem with this is that I have a septic system,...
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Ejector Tank Safe Cleaning Additives

Wondering if there are any suggestions for a safe additive that can be flushed into a sewage ejector tank that can help break down waste (even toilet paper). Getting some awful foul smells - going to ...
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Grout and/or thinset flushed in septic system

All. My contractor is awful. If we weren't almost done with the project, I would kick him off my property and sue him. Anyway, it appears that he dumped excess thinset or grout into my basement ...
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How do I stop water from building up in toilets and bathtubs?

Today, I awoke to water on my bathroom floor. What caused it? My house has a septic tank and two bathrooms, a master bedroom and guest bathroom. The guest bathroom had water on the floor, and the ...
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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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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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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 ...