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Old 06-10-2015, 07:15 PM   #1
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Septic leach clean-out pipe hit when landscaping


I was having an area dug out and leveled for my son's new swing set. When digging the landscaper hit a leach bed clean out pipe. He finished the landscaping and put in the mulch. He dug down about 1 to 1.5 feet. I thought the area he was digging was far enough away from the field, but apparently not. What steps should I take?
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Not sure how anyone would know without at least a picture and knowing what was damaged.
Why is he not fixing this?
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Sorry, it got dark before I could take pictures. For more detail, it's a 4 inch vertical pipe a 150 feet or more away from the tank itself. He said he didn't have a saw to cut the pipe. I can take pictures in the morning and post.
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What steps should I take?
Repair the damaged pipe and you probably need to pay him to put that 1 to 1.5 ft of soil back. Leach fields need a minimum amount of soil coverage.
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Why is he not fixing this?
Because owner gave him the clearance to dig freely there. Sure he should have called the hotline first but it probably wouldn't have marked a septic field.
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Leach fields do not have a cleanout, they have a vent. You cannot clean the field through the vent, it is there to release gases and allow oxygen to get into the field. The vent is typically a four inch diameter vertical pipe, either ABS or PVC in my area. I assume the landscaper hit the vertical piece of pipe, if he dug deep enough to hit a buried horizontal leach field pipe you have a totally different problem.

If all he did was damage the vertical piece of pipe, just cut off the damaged section and glue on a new piece.
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Because owner gave him the clearance to dig freely there. Sure he should have called the hotline first but it probably wouldn't have marked a septic field.
Ayuh,.... I hate it when the owner don't really know where what is,.....
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Leach fields do not have a cleanout, they have a vent.
Really?? My system, installed just 6 years ago, has no vent. Nor, apparently, do any of my neighbors' systems. Is this something new? Around here, the Health Department dictates system design and installation, so it's not as if the department-approved installer just forgot to do a vent.
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Really?? My system, installed just 6 years ago, has no vent. Nor, apparently, do any of my neighbors' systems. Is this something new? Around here, the Health Department dictates system design and installation, so it's not as if the department-approved installer just forgot to do a vent.
The pratice seems to vary by area. Some places they're vented other places not.
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