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Old 09-19-2011, 07:43 AM   #16
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The inlet pipe or the outlet pipe or both will need to be re-sloped to match the corrected septic tank inlet and outlet levels. Since you said the tank already has some slope that partially corrects the non-matching inlet and outlet the amount of resloping might not be much.

If this is a single chamber tank, you may be required to upgrade to a double chamber tank if your town has that in the current law.

It is possible that the situation can be corrected by redoing the outlet pipe to enter the tank at a lower level and/or the inlet pipe at a higher level without moving the tank but this is a case by case situation that needs to be analyzed by a septic engineer.

If you were not required to correct the situation you would probably get by by having the inlet pipe "jetted" every year (or slightly more frequently) to clear any solid material that settled in the pipe out and into the septic tank. Jetting is not to be taken lightly. If the technician goofs then sewage can be shot backward up out of toilets and drains into the house.

A 2 chamber tank installed backwards needs to be lifted out and turned around. Accept no substitute(course of action)s.

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water level at intake 7" middle 6", outlet 5" below the inside surface of the top of the tank
The inlet pipe needs to be raised and/or the outlet lowered a combined total of 4 inches for example raise the inlet 2 inches and lower the outlet 2 inches. Were the tank level and connected backwards the combined total needs to be 6 inches. Repeat, if the tank does not need to be moved then a septic engineer has to decide which (inlet or outlet) pipe needs to be altered and by what proportion because the air space (above the liquid level) has to be within certain limits and also pipe slope (pitch) needs to be maintained.

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Old 09-19-2011, 08:07 AM   #17
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I have not talked to the contractor since I have found this out about the tank, but when I called him and told him it had problems he told me it was inspected and meet code. I want the inspector to say it has to be fixed and have the contractor who put it in fix it. If there is a violation it should go to the contractor
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I hope you don't get the same inspector that originally " Inspected " it.
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You are wrong there---

If your mechanic forgot to put a muffler on your car would you drive around looking for a cop to verify that the muffler was missing?

Who would get the ticket--? you or would the cop write it in the name of an unseen mechanic?
Talked to the health inspector today, there is no record of a oernit or inspection, he is writing me up a letter so I can go after the contractor.
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Talked to the health inspector today, there is no record of a oernit or inspection, he is writing me up a letter so I can go after the contractor.
Hope you get 'im.

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The problem that I know is going to happen is when the contractor comes out here to look at the tank he is going to blame me because I dug the hole. When I contracted to have the septic tank put in the contractor told me that I had to have the hole dug (probably why he was $1000 cheaper) so I had some come and dig a hole at the side of the house. When he came he probably saw the hole was not right so he put the tank in backward so he could exit out of the side inlet pipes. If he saw the hole was wrong he should of stopped work and brought in a backhoe or had a few men down it the hole with shovels.

Had the septic tank pumped out yesterday the fellow who pumped it out noticed that the concrete tank has a top and it could be lifted and put turned around so the outlet and inlet would be right. The problem is the way it is now the outlet pipe comes out the side of the tank using one of the inlet holes, if it is turned around the pipe would come out of the outlet pipe and then into a 90 deg bend so it can go to the bed. Can you have a 90 at the outlet end or should the tank be turned 90 deg.
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When he came he probably saw the hole was not right so he put the tank in backward so he could exit out of the side inlet pipes. If he saw the hole was wrong he should of stopped work and brought in a backhoe or had a few men down it the hole with shovels.
Or he should have said "Sir, our agreement was for you to have the hole dug for us when we got here. This hole isn't right, it needs to be . . . . blank blank blank, please call us when it is fixed so that we can come install it, and it's going to cost you an extra trip fee."

Ya don't put it in wrong because the hole is wrong.

We get people digging our ditches for us all the time, and I don't just put a pipe in there on opposite grade because they dug it that way. That isn't even a valid argument in my book.
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In my opinion the outlet pipe to the leach field can have bends. I won't swear to it that a septic engineer would agree. Only liquid goes out that way and not at a flow rate requiring a straight pipe.

If the tank needs to be turned 180 degrees or can be turned 180 degrees and correct the problem then I would say the hole was not at fault.

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