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Old 05-14-2010, 11:59 PM   #1
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Guys, I'm here to pick brains again. My home has an onsite septic system. I have never owned one and know very little about them.
My question pertains to the laterals. I know where they are by a drawing I obtained from the county, that was supplied by the folks who installed the system. It's hand drawn and not very fancy. But it does pretty much tell me where the lines are. Plus when it's in the height of summer, there are brown stripes in the lawn where they are. There is another way I know where they are and here in is where my questions lies. The lawn has a slight mound the full length of each line. I suspect that with the gravel the lines are beded in, they don't settle at the same rate as the rest of the lawn. Am I correct in asuming grading them down is a 'no-no?'. If that is the case, I would need to build my yard up about 6 inches to level it out in that area.

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I would add soil in the valleys instead of grading down the peaks. If you graded, you will make the topsoil layer even thinner and maybe even expose the gravel.

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Build up the yard. Leave the pipes alone.
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my guess is the low green areas are the lines
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Thanks guys. Appears its unanimous 'don't grade the humps'. It never occurred to me it may be the lines are in the low areas. Hummmm.... I just happen to have about 20 yards of soil from digging an above ground pool. Might make use of it. I sure hate having several projects going at the same time, but that seems to be how I work.
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