Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Plumbing

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-25-2013, 06:53 PM   #16
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Frederick, MD
Posts: 50
Share |
Default

are septic drain fields actually the lowest drain in the house?


Quote:
Originally Posted by denemante View Post
Out of curiousity, why do you think my two cement septic tank lids would leak, being buried 3 feet down? Do you mean rainwater might leak into them just because they aren't an airtight fit? Common sense tells me that's possible, but with dirt packed all around them, and being in an area with great runoff, I can't imagine very much water could leak in.

Or are you saying during times when my system is overloaded - sewage might be squeezed OUT?

If I put risers on and I experienced one of these overload events - I feel like the riser tubes would fill up too, then they would leak sewage now onto my lawn. Their tops would in fact be higher than my basement drain, so maybe they'd never fill up though.

As for the 50-flush party I had - yeah, that's not techincally much water use for a fully working system. What I was implying was that just a day earlier, there was standing water in my backyard, the washout was full and basement toilet unflushable. That next day, all worked perfect, as if the system was at full capacity. So even though they were saturated just a day before, my fields must have really been able to quickly purge off water and allow the system to rebalance in pretty short order.

The concrete access covers are leaking (how much depends on the amount of water in the ground around them) because they are 2 pcs. of concrete just sitting together with no sealant. Dirt is not a sealant if was basements would not leak.

How much water can get in ? It depends on a lot of factors, but I worked on a lift station that had 3 pin holes in it & it was leaking 40 gals. an hour.

The reason for putting the Polylok risers on is so you can easily service the tank. They will not leak. The base riser is sealed & screwed to the tank. The remaining risers & access cover are screwed together & they have a gasket between them. I have opened Polylok access covers on systems that were over full & had sewage run on the ground & they were not leaking. It's always fun when you are opening the access cover on a failing system, because you never know if you are going to get crap all over your shoes.

If you have standing water over your drain field that is why it is not working when you have a heavy rain. Drain fields don't work under water.

TOOL82 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2013, 07:04 PM   #17
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Frederick, MD
Posts: 50
Default

are septic drain fields actually the lowest drain in the house?


Quote:
Originally Posted by denemante View Post
Venting has been mentioned a bunch of time - there is a studer valve for the toilet - it's in the wall behind. Before we finished off that wall, a plumber was in for other work and I had him check it - he raised it so it was up in an open ceiling void where it could get more air.

The basement toilet always "burps" once at all times when you flush it...even when we're not having issues. Like one big pre-flush bubble comes out. Our original home inspector actually noted it as a possible venting issue.

Still - that plumber checked it and the venting was "right". Apparently not.

When we have the rain events and "slow" basement toilet (or when it stops for a day) - the water is sucked right out of the toilet. So however that is happening, something is pulling it from the other side.
If you think your Studer vent is not working all you have to do is unscrew it & see if there is a difference in the flush.

TOOL82 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Septic Drain Field ekulrenlig Landscaping & Lawn Care 16 04-27-2010 09:59 PM
septic tank problems. littles Plumbing 1 02-24-2010 09:30 PM
Can I drain water into decomissioned septic? HelpMuchNeeded General DIY Discussions 5 02-24-2010 05:39 PM
Septic Order coming from Shower Drain CherylB1216 Plumbing 1 03-15-2009 05:16 PM
Complete AC installation in Old Capitol Hill Row House jacko10 HVAC 0 09-18-2007 05:42 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.