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Barry J 02-12-2012 08:45 AM

septic Bad??
I had my septic pumped 6 weeks ago, It is Feb, and we have had warm weather but, the ground above the tank is softer than the rest of the yard. I no that is not uncommon, but it never seems to freeze, just a litle crusty on the top layer of grass. But I've noticed that some snow had fallen and on my walkway where the septic pipe comes from the house, is clear of snow, melted!!
In all the winters I've never seen that.
Septic guy said my system looks good, but all he did was pump it out, can he tell just by pumping it out??
Also, could it e that my tank cover is not seated correctly, causing some extra warm air to creep up??
The tank is about 6-10 inches below the surface, ..also, I live in Massachusetts, so we been having warmer weather.

DangerMouse 02-12-2012 09:20 AM

Has anyone been driving over it?


rjniles 02-12-2012 09:23 AM

Sounds normal to me. A septic system generates a lot of heat, coupled with a above warmer than normal winter.

I lived in Connecticut for many years and have seen what you describe many times.

Barry J 02-12-2012 09:32 AM

No ,,no one drives over it. I'm just paranoid about a failing septic. Hope that it's alright. I know since we've owned the house, the vent pipe on my roof, stinks when we do wash or take showers. Septic guy said buy a "charcoal filter" for the top of the pipe.
I'll do that in the spring

joecaption 02-12-2012 10:19 AM

That vent is suppost to stink, but not enough to notice it on the ground, it tells you the septic is breaking down the soilds.
If the vent pipe is not high enough above the roof line or it's blocked so wind can not pass over it to draw out the gas it builds up more and stinks.
Take a straw and put the end of it in a glass of water, now blow over the straw at a right angle. The water will rise up the straw. Same thing with the gas in your vent pipe.

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