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Old 10-04-2010, 08:17 PM   #1
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location of new septic field

We have our 40 year old septic field right in front of the house. To the left is a driveway and trees. A river runs behind the house. to the right there is a road. My question? Were we to have to put in a new septic field, where would we put it? Can you put a new one in the place of the old one (unlikely)? Or, since we do have space beyond the septic field, is it possible to run a long drainage pipe through the old septic field into the new one? How long can a spetic drain pipe to field be? thanks for any info.


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Old 10-04-2010, 09:31 PM   #2
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Depends on where you live. Health dept. tells us where we can & can't install septic tank / field lines


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Old 10-04-2010, 09:51 PM   #3
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Same here. Local health department has jurisdiction on where.

I'm assuming city sewer is not available then?

Why are you replacing the drain field?
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are you replacing the septic tank, or the leach field? or both?
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have you had a perc test done to see what you need for laterals?
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Old 10-05-2010, 01:55 AM   #6
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If you do not have room for another new conventional septic drain field, then there are more compact alternatives that can be approved by your local Health Department. As noted, they are usually the ones who call the shots on all of the above.
Here, they don't do the old perc tests anymore. They take 3' deep soil samples around the yard and then custom design a septic system based on your specific soil type.
If you're having problems, the first thing to do is to call them to do an inspection and issue a repair permit.
Here, a new inspection is $225 and the permit, if it passes, is another $50, which is good for five years. A repair permit for an existing system is free. This varies greatly all over the place.
Call your local Health Department. You don't want to do anything without a permit and inspection, which is required in any case. They can answer all of your questions.
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