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Understanding the risks surrounding empty tanks & containers (propane, natural gas, septic, etc.)

The basic one common to all is that they can accumulate gasses you can't breathe, or smell. Without active ventilation (a blower, run for some time before entering and all the time a person is inside) ...
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Why did a new drain pipe cause my septic tank to smell outside?

If your HVAC system has a fresh air intake -- for example a small duct to the outside to add 10% fresh air whenever the blower runs -- then you could have positive pressure in the house. If you feel ...
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Looking at buying house with mechanical septic system. What questions should I be asking?

I've converted isherwood's comment into an answer, with the additional backing that I was employed by a local company for a period of many years. If you want peace of mind, consider to contact the ...
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How to make the septic tank safe for human entry

Please call septic tank specialists and speak to them. Do not do anything before speaking to them. A mason and plumber are not experienced enough to enter a septic tank, even one you have cleaned out. ...
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Looking at buying house with mechanical septic system. What questions should I be asking?

As an owner of a home with a septic system for over 30 years, I would be wary if I was told the system was pumped twice a year. That said, this can depend on where the home is located. I'm in Florida....
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Understanding the risks surrounding empty tanks & containers (propane, natural gas, septic, etc.)

Filling any container completely/over fill that might have held explosive/flammable contains with water or non explosive gas(CO2) before cutting/doing something that might cause sparks, should be the ...
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Understanding the risks surrounding empty tanks & containers (propane, natural gas, septic, etc.)

For a true explosion to happen, you need the right mixture of flammable gas and air inside a container. When the air/gas mixture is ignited, it expands quickly, breaking the container and thus the ...
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Is my plan to repair a broken primary septic drain pipe reasonable?

It doesn't look difficult, but if it turns out to be difficult, then you're going to spending some time in the bushes and/or gas station while you sort it out. Use ABS glue, not epoxy. As a ...
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Can I install a septic system drain field over a power conduit?

Nothing addresses drain fields in RCW 19.28 (laws) or WAC 296-46B (124 pages of changes to the NEC because state bureaucrats know more than the NFPA). Your local county or city may have adopted ...
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Is this some kind of backflush septic filter?

It looks like a disc filter for a drip field/system. If I'm correct, the thin tub should send "clean" water to drip lines to disperse it into the surrounding soil, so I would expect it is ...
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I want to wire two pumps so that one turns off when the other turns on

You need a double-throw relay. Either a single pole, double throw, or double pole, double throw, relay depending on the voltage of the devices. Well, I guess some folks do switch only one side of a ...
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Sewage smell in bathroom and outside house

We had a plumber scope out our main sewer lines and vents. He found this bit of creative plumbing from an abandoned sink that is now in the wall of a room in the house where the smells were the worst....
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Sewage smell in bathroom and outside house

Seems like its not venting properly and or the pipes from between the house and the septic is clogged by roots most likely. The smallest cracks can lead to root damage and adding an extra ventilation ...
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Water softener - safe to discharge into septic?

This doesn't speak to the impact on the septic system itself, but if there are trees that you care about in the septic field, an arborist warned of salinity increasing to the point where it kills the ...
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