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Old 10-20-2013, 04:17 PM   #1
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NEED ADVICE: Mystery water near sewer line


Background:
- New (county connected) sewer line 6 years ago professionally installed
- Replaced old septic tank/field (tank was professionally drained/filled in)
- A few weeks ago the wife noticed sewer smell in back yard
- Spotted puddles of water in one defined area right above new sewer line that showed up only when doing a load of laundry.

Natural deduction would lead me to believe that the sewer line was somehow leaking. So we dug down to the new line (and all around) and we found no leaks from the line. But what we did see was water puddling up from BELOW the sewer line (even though no appliance is running).

So I am now at a loss about where this water could be coming from. The only other idea I had was run off from the old septic field.

Any ideas are appreciated.

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Old 10-20-2013, 04:27 PM   #2
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Could be a bunch of things.
Distribution box cover collapsed.
Failed leach lines.
Septic tank needs to be pumped out. (most likely cause)
Roots in the leach lines.

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Old 10-20-2013, 05:01 PM   #3
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Could be a bunch of things.
Distribution box cover collapsed.
Failed leach lines.
Septic tank needs to be pumped out. (most likely cause)
Roots in the leach lines.
Did you not read the part where I said the septic tank had been drained and filled and is no longer in use in favor of a new county connected sewer line?
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Is your new sewer connection a new septic system or a city sewer?

You answered my question while I was typing.
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Leak is in the line upslope from where you see water. You may need a sewer camera to find it. Probablg a broken line to give you that much water.
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Leak is in the line upslope from where you see water. You may need a sewer camera to find it. Probablg a broken line to give you that much water.
Or- some older homes in my area drain the laundry to a dry well- not the septic tank. Perhaps the laundry was not tied into the sewer and the dry well has failed
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Or- some older homes in my area drain the laundry to a dry well- not the septic tank. Perhaps the laundry was not tied into the sewer and the dry well has failed
My thoughts as well. The laundry did not tied into the sewer.
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With the hole (you dug) open did you try running your laundry to see if it bubbles up?? Or running any other fixtures?? process of elimination.
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find the clean outs and check the flow you might developing a stoppage and the line may be leaking at some point, or one of many scenarios mentioned here... call a plumber
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Or- some older homes in my area drain the laundry to a dry well- not the septic tank. Perhaps the laundry was not tied into the sewer and the dry well has failed
This is where my money is...Check all of the interior plumbing and see if it all ties into the new sewer line. You may find a line running out of the house in a different location.

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