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Old 04-20-2008, 07:56 PM   #1
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Replace Drain Field?


The drain field on my septic system has failed. Can I just rent a compact backhoe, dig it up, replace the pipe, and cover with gravel?

Is this legal for a DIY project?

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Old 04-20-2008, 08:59 PM   #2
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No you can not just dig it up and replace the pipe. The reason is the ground is what absorbs the waste water. When a drainfield goes sour its because the ground has become completely saturated and simply will not take any more water. Also as a DYI most all counties want someone who is licensed in this area to preform the work as there are a lot of things to take into consideration. lay of the land, trees, city or well water, property lines and more.

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