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Old 08-15-2008, 07:37 AM   #1
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I have a well, which is located on the property to the front of the house. The drainfield is located to the rear of the house. Since the drainfield is slightly uphill, there is also a pump in the system. There is a large plastic box (see picture) attached to the rear of the house, on the outside of the wall from where the well tank is (it is in the crawlspace, under the house). There are two pipes attached to the bottom of this box and I assume one runs to the well tank, the other to the drainfield pump. I could be wrong, however, as one looks like electrical conduit to me.

I am finding more and more that when there is wastewater of volume (such as the dishwasher or washing machine) being moved to the drainfield that there are several loud thumping/clunking noises coming from this box in a series. I would liken it to a hot water radiator clanging except everything I have is plastic, not metal, but it is the same concept in my mind. I have no idea what the box is. I assume that since this noise is new (I have been here three years and have only started hearing the noise in the past year or less) it is not a good sign. I also only hear the noise when there is wastewater of volume, not simply when a faucet is turned on or the shower is run.

Anyone have any idea of what is failing and what I should do about it?
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Did you try opening the box to see whats inside?

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As I suspected, there is a pump box inside. So does that mean the pump is going bad/has gone bad? It's only 8 years old according to the label on the pump box.

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what kind of pump is it? Can you take a picture?

Exactly how big is the housing pictured above?

Its kind of hard to gauge exactly what could be in that box without some sort of reference for size, but a picture of whats inside would be even better, including if possible, a picture of the pump's data plate.

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