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Old 05-28-2012, 09:56 PM   #1
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Been a while since I have encountered a problem, septic line now backed up. Have not had septic tank pumped out, as much water as we run through our system can't imagine its full of solids...

Attached is my best guess as to how the lines are connected at the point of exit of our house. The 4" line coming through the foundation wall was the original point of exit. There was a large add-on done, see my Project Showcase, which ties in as indicated. I know I have a clog somewhere between where I have the picture labeled "To Septic" and the septic tank itself. There cannot be too much of a straight run after the 90 since tank itself is roughly at the angle you are viewing this picture from, so there is a 45 underground somewhere. Will having back to back sanitary tees (I'm guessing sanitary since buried) create ongoing issues? Was this tied in correctly, seems like solids will just plop into lower 90 without any flow?

Tried using a manual 1/2" pipe snake (50') with no luck, Have not tried one of those balloons that attach to end of garden hose, seems like those things could cause damage...
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if your septic tank is not full then you need to clear the stoppage a hand snake is not going to work.I suggest you call a licence plumber to clear your line.As for san tee as long as there installed horizontal to vertical it's ok but a combo or y and 45 is much better.Once you clear your stoppage 90% of time the stoppage is at the 90 or san tee at the tank.If this first time this has happen i would not worry about to much but you keep having this issue you have line video inspected.If your septic tank is full but no solids could very well be leach line problem. Hope this can help you.

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Thanks! Will call plumber first rather than calling to have septic pumped.

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Can anyone vouch for sewer blaster?
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Recommend you have that tank pumped every 3 to 5 years, that being said I would have the tank pumped, have the complete tank open front and rear check the in and out baffles, grease tends t build up in these areas over time mainly the inlet, they need to be cleaned when the tank is open, have the septic company perform a stress test on the drain field good luck in finding someone that knows how to do that but call around and try and find one. Also that the pump truck have a jetter have them jet the incoming line up to that 90. Invest in having it done right, much cheaper than replacing the drain field. Stoppages over time can be a sign of drain field starting to fail.
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Nice drawing what program did you do that with? And by the way that combination of fittings in the drawing is fine.
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Had tank pumped out however, I have high & low floats in dosing tank. Lower was floating up but water had not reached top, they are telling me pump needs replacing. Does water have to float top float to kick pump on? If I do will lift float when I get home.

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How often do these things (pump) fail?

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What the $&*@! I just went outside and lifted both floats and the pump kicked on!!! Max Haas our local septic company told me I needed a new pump to the order of $1,375. A brand new pump only costs $479 to boot!

Do not use Max Haas for anything if you live in central Indiana they are swindlers! Not to mention they did not suction all the solids out of the dosing tank!
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call a Plumber that does this work they have camera's that go down the waste pipe and see what is clogging it. Do you have trees around? might be roots clogging thing that you would never think of. And they have a roto rooter that makes short work of roots in your sewer pipes.
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call a Plumber that does this work they have camera's that go down the waste pipe and see what is clogging it. Do you have trees around? might be roots clogging thing that you would never think of. And they have a roto rooter that makes short work of roots in your sewer pipes.
Yeah Roto-Rooter came out and clean main line, I am concerned now that the line between the septic and the dosing tank may have solids in in and could be clogged the reason for the back up to begin with. The septic was full of water mixed with solids. I looked in my neighbors septic and it was clearly full of more solids.
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Has anyone had to dig up main septic line or septic tank and if so why?
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Line between septic tank and dosing tank is clogged, septic tank is full again. Who was supposed to take a look at this? Should Max Haas should have figured this out since the septic tank was full of water and not solids?
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Had Richard Meredith come out and he opened septic tank and filter was clogged! Easy fix! Great guy, highly recommend him! May have a riser installed on this end since this filter needs periodic cleaning.

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