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Old 08-31-2010, 08:24 AM   #16
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Septic Tank not flowing into leach lines or drain field


Now that you know the pipe is zigzagging down and up, you probably don't need a camera. You need to dig out the full length of the pipe and re -lay the pipe to have a constant down slope to the septic tank.

As long as there is a dip (belly) in the pipe, solid material will collect there.

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so even though its under neath the slab of the basement theres not alot you can do huh?
Im going to need to cut the conrete and remove some parts to get to the pipe?
what would help in finding out how far to go back, there are 2 pipes coming down from upstairs, one from teh far side and one from the side closest to the tank, the far side is probably 50 feet from the end of the house


also heres my other question, what if the pipe is downhill the whole way and was too low at the tank so they raised the pipe to go into the tank when the home was built, would it be worth it to dry and dig under the pipe coming out hte house and see if the pipe will drop alittle and all the water will come out of the pipe?
then I would either have to hafve some kind of pump to get the stuff into the tank or have to lower the tank and field lines to get it to work right
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Old 08-31-2010, 09:40 PM   #18
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It is possible to have a pump in the outgoing drain line because a downslope to the septic tank cannot be established.

Generally the house drain goes to a small holding tank where the pump is located and the pump outlet then connects to the septic tank.

You may not drill a new septic tank inlet lower down on the side of the tank (and fill in the original inlet). The ambient (resting, also normal) water level in the tank will still match the lower edge of the outlet pipe and the new inlet will be submerged. Solids can still accumulate in the inlet pipe again. The septic tank inlet must be at or above the level of the outlet.
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thats what i was thinking, if the pipe could be lowered alittle outside and it would drain downward, a tank could be installed much like that of a 2 stage septic tank and just pump it from the tank to the standard septic tank already there and let it put the water in the leach field


do you think I will be able to get the pipe to head alittle downward or that its proabably going to have to be back tracked under the house?
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Hmmm. Maybe you need the plumber with the snake camera after all, to see whether the uphill begins while the pipe is still under the basement floor.

You might be able to figure that out for yourself after excavating from the house to the septic tank but you would have to cut the pipe first to insert a straight rod inside to test for levelness or slope.

If you do need to put in a holding tank with pump, you use a pump specifically meant for sewage. Not a sump pump.

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