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Old 06-28-2012, 12:50 PM   #1
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I had my septic pumped today and the guy mentioned it should be replaced ASAP. It's a metal cess pool that's original to the house (1951). The surface metal is rusted but still pretty thick; he said the sides and bottom are probably on the verge of collapse. He also mentioned replacing the leech field, apparently they have a life of 20 or so years.

What should I do in this situation and how soon should it be replaced? The whole system works great, even with the hurricane last year. Replacing the leech field would be a massive undertaking, pulling up a huge deck and a pool.

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The leech field either works or it doesn't. Generally what you will see when it is about ready to die is slight backups when you have used a lot of water. Run a couple loads of laundry and flush the toilets a few times. The toilets will tend to fill a little higher than normal before going down. Even then it appears to last a long time after this if you are careful. My brother has been tolerating this for years, if he does any work he will be required to put in one of the aerobic treatment systems since septic and leech fields are no longer legal where he is.

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I had my septic pumped today and the guy mentioned it should be replaced ASAP. It's a metal cess pool that's original to the house (1951). The surface metal is rusted but still pretty thick; he said the sides and bottom are probably on the verge of collapse. He also mentioned replacing the leech field, apparently they have a life of 20 or so years.

What should I do in this situation and how soon should it be replaced? The whole system works great, even with the hurricane last year. Replacing the leech field would be a massive undertaking, pulling up a huge deck and a pool.
Ayuh,.... I'd dig out Just the tank, 'n drop in a new concrete replacement....

If the leechfield is still perkin',... I'd let it go...

Ya might start planin' on where yer gonna put the new leech field,... someday....
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Ayuh,.... I'd dig out Just the tank, 'n drop in a new concrete replacement....

If the leechfield is still perkin',... I'd let it go...

Ya might start planning' on where yer gonna put the new leech field,... someday....
YES IT IS MUCH BETTER TO DO NOW AND CAN GET SEVERAL QUOTES
TO REPLACE TANK ONLY
BEFORE THE METAL SIDES CAVE IN AND LEAVING YOU NO OPTION BUT
TO GO WITH THE FIRST CONTRACTOR YOU CAN GET THERE
REGARDLESS OF PRICING
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Thanks. It looks like just a septic tank and new pipe from the house shouldn't be more than a couple grand. Hopefully in the future, before the leech field finally goes, they'll run sewer down my street. Someone just cut a small hole in the tank and put a piece of metal over it; it's not sealed so rainwater is going in, and some sewage water must be leaking out; I always wondered why the grass was so green and grew so quickly there.

I'm scared to death of even walking over the hole now, figuring that rusty metal will give way and it's a 25 foot drop to drown in sewage.

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Ayuh,... 8 or 10 feet, Maybe....
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If you are afraid of people walking over the tank, place a fence around it, so that no one crosses over it, until you get it replaced. Only draw will be that you will now have a Prairie restoration area, since you may not want to mow over the tank or near it.

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