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Old 06-08-2019, 12:42 PM   #16
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Re: Planting in close proximity to septic tank


Ok I took some pics, outlined the area the tank is at and the area I'm thinking of planting the hedges. You can also see the roots of an adult Mimosa Tree as well as a fir tree that are pretty close to the tank itself.
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where is the drain field? That fenced part does not look large enough to support a septic system.
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I failed to read that the tank was pumped. With that being the case, the liquid will rise to the outlet to the drain field and will stay in that state. Which way does your drain field go? Save yourself some money and put in some riser caps before you have it pumped again. They charge to dig holes to find it each time, usually to the tune of $200. Risers will cost about half that. You can install them closer to the grade and they would be innocuous, but useful.
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I failed to read that the tank was pumped. With that being the case, the liquid will rise to the outlet to the drain field and will stay in that state. Which way does your drain field go? Save yourself some money and put in some riser caps before you have it pumped again. They charge to dig holes to find it each time, usually to the tune of $200. Risers will cost about half that. You can install them closer to the grade and they would be innocuous, but useful.

I will look into that. I'm going to be having topsoil brought in to re-do the whole backyard since the soil quality there currently is garbage. Pretty sure a lot of it is just fill that was moved during excavation. So I'll have an excuse to dig up that area again and can look into installing those riser caps, as well as getting a true idea of where everything is located.



The story with the septic tank is that the pipes started backing up to the point where the water was coming up through the shower drain, etc. My dad called the guys out to inspect the tank, but we dug up the area around it beforehand to see if we could find anything wrong. The guys came out, inspected the tank and said there really wasn't anything to pump out, which I interpreted as meaning it was empty, but what I think they meant was there was no sludge or other waste in there that had to be removed. My dad had them pump the tank anyway since he paid to have them come out in the first place.



We called a plumber after that, because pumping the tank did nothing to solve the problem, and thankfully he said to check the riser as that is the problem most of the time. We dug up the area again, found the riser and it was clogged up with a couple years worth of "flush-able wipes". Cleared all that out and the problem was solved. Apparently those things don't break down enough to actually be safe to flush in a septic system. Lesson learned.
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where is the drain field? That fenced part does not look large enough to support a septic system.

I'll take another picture of the other side of the fence where I suspect the drain field is at. I think the outlet pipe to the drain field is going under that fence and down the slope on the other side.



At some point I need to dig up and get an idea of the whole area where the tank is and where the outlet pipe is precisely, and the actual depth of everything.
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OK here is a picture of the yard on the other side of the fence and the slope that goes down. That Madrona tree is like 35-40 feet from the septic tank area.
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