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Old 05-01-2013, 05:42 PM   #1
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My water treatment line is blocked


I moved to my house in the country in Dec '12 and spent $3,000 for a new salt based water treatment system. I have a anti-gravity pump for the uphill septic and my house is 10 ft away from a 2 acre lake.

Shortly after moving in, I realized when the water treatment backwashed at night, the kitchen sink would overflow onto the kitchen floor.

I've gone thru 3 plumbers and no one has called back. The last plumber snaked the line from the water treatment to the kitchen sink and told me over time the sediment has turned rock solid and he can't get thru with his auger to clear the line. The section from the water treatment is only about 15' from the kitchen sink.

My house is on a slab with a beautiful, decorative brick floor and no, I would prefer not to dig it up. It had been vacant for 1 1/2 yrs and I think the previous owner had turned the water treatment system off to avoid dealing with this problem.

My question is this: should I try another plumber with the hope he could break thru the block in the line. The previous plumber thought the water treatment line was lower than the disposal line connected with the sink in the kitchen. Over time, the sediment just kept depositing with the treatment system instead of flowing out to kitchen line and eventaully to the septic.

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Old 05-01-2013, 06:35 PM   #2
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I find it amazing that your county septic folks are allowing you to dump that into the septic field. We do not allow that here because the brine changes the specific gravity of the aerator tank and messes the entire field up.

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just try with another plumber for breaking the blocked line... it is the possible best way.....
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I find it amazing that your county septic folks are allowing you to dump that into the septic field. We do not allow that here because the brine changes the specific gravity of the aerator tank and messes the entire field up.
Must be a local thing where you live. No such prohibition here. But, then, I'm not sure what you mean by "aerator tank" as I don't have such a thing that I know of.
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I'm not plumber, but wouldn't a water treatment system be connected into the domestic water lines and not into the dwelling's waste piping? wondering how domestic water is backing up through the waste system?

it sounds more to me you have issues with the waste piping and it just happened to show itself at the same time you had the treatment system installed.

does the waste only backup at night, does it backup when any of the toilets are flushed? are you running a dishwasher late and its causing the backup into the sink?

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I'm not plumber, but wouldn't a water treatment system be connected into the domestic water lines and not into the dwelling's waste piping? wondering how domestic water is backing up through the waste system?

it sounds more to me you have issues with the waste piping and it just happened to show itself at the same time you had the treatment system installed.

does the waste only backup at night, does it backup when any of the toilets are flushed? are you running a dishwasher late and its causing the backup into the sink?

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The water treatment backwashes at night. The product of backwashing is waste water and is dumped into the waste lines. The line is blocked with sediment and the amount of water is too much for the waste lines to handle so it backs up into the kitchen sink and overflows leaving the fine sediment. Even before I changed the system (Rainwater), there was dried black sediment on the kitchen counter.


I don't think the system should dump it's contents into the septic. The toilets and other sink/tubs work just fine. If I could change out the existing water treatment system to one that doesn't use salt, I could re-route the waste water pipe directly to the downspout and into the lake, I would be fine with that.

Thoughts?

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like I said I'm not a plumber .... LOL I was just having difficulty in understanding your situation, now I do

thanks and sorry for any inconvenience
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I find it amazing that your county septic folks are allowing you to dump that into the septic field. We do not allow that here because the brine changes the specific gravity of the aerator tank and messes the entire field up.
Thanks for your comment.
I don't understand why the water treatment company wouldn't ask about the uphill septic field. At least question me about the waste water disposal. If there was a fresh water alternative to the salt treatment system, they should have recommended it. Seems like with the anti-gravity pump, backwashing into the septic would wear the pump out faster.

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