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Old 03-03-2015, 09:25 PM   #1
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Pipe to septic - slow leak


Hello - just noticed the main PVC pipe running out to my septic tank is leaking slowly...one small drip every 30 seconds or so. This is in the basement right before the wall.
PVC is new, I think, installed this summer by a plumber.
There is a square plug(?) on the end that I can twist with a wrench. As I twist either direction, the leak gets stronger. I haven't twisted too far, fearing I'd get covered in you-know-what!

Any thoughts? Could pipe to septic be frozen up? This has been a cold MN winter with zero snow ground cover, and my well froze last week, too, so just thinking...
See attached photo of the end of the pipe. Water is leaking at the circle line below the square.
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Is everything draining ok? Nothing backing up? The cleanout plug may have a little condensation going on there. Drip looks like clear water. If everything is draining, I wouldn't worry too much about it.

Others will be along with more advice/suggestions.
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Welcome to the forum!
You may be frozen- depends on the pipe depth
Or your septic tank line or the tank itself may have a back up issue.
Or hopefully- just a loose plug.

If its frozen there is a good chance your plumbing fixtures will back up soon.
Same for a tank issue.

Try to tighten the plug some more- but not too tight or you will crack the female threads causing it to leak more.

There is a way to see if there is much water behind the plug- set a trash can under the plug. Then drill a 1/4" hole near the bottom of the plug. This will tell you if there is water If a steady stream comes out, drape a rag over the drill hole and allow it to drip into the can.
You can buy a replacement plug at the hardware store for a couple bucks. Use pipe dope on the treads to seal it. (which the installer didn't do)
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Thanks for the help, guys. I tightened 'er up and it quit.
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