30 Year Old Plumbing System - Gravel Pit / No Permit or More Expensive Complete?
There are two parts to the septic system, the tank and the leach field. One having a problem doe snot mean the other has a problem.
The tank needs to be inspected to be sure that the baffles or T-pipes at the inlet and outlet are intact.
The gravel pit fix is illegal in most areas. What it accomplishes is replace the leach field with a dry well. The leach field fails (becomes less absorbent) due to grease coming down from the tank because of a bad baffle or too seldom pumping, also by tree roots, and/or by a species of bacteria that specifically does that to leach fields. When the leach field fails, the outflow from the tank comes to the surface and may remain there for a long time. The inspector would have to check for this and if needed the grease/bacteria laden soil taken away and new soil/pipes put down. The soil around a dry well used in a septic system will eventually also fail in the same manner.
Pumping a septic tank a second time in quick succession accomplishes nothing. The liquid level is supposed to be about a foot below the top all the time.
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Last edited by AllanJ; 07-05-2010 at 12:12 PM.