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  1. Gurgling on washing machine drain when flushing toliet

    Plumbing
    We have had a lot of rain the past few days. This morning when flushing the toilet I hear a gurgling noise in the washing machine drain. I also smell an odor around the drain line. 1) Could my roof drain (I live in a mobile home) be plugged because of all of the rain plus I have a lot of...
  2. Sewage ejector pump tripping circuit breaker and alarm going off

    Plumbing
    We purchased this house last year and I am not familiar with an ejector pump. Just found out what it was after the alarm went off in the laundry room. Guys came and opened the tank outside. It's small and he says it may be a faulty pump and proceeds to drain. There is thick globs of white chunks...
  3. Is this sewage?

    Plumbing
    Two years ago I had my septic system field lines rerouted because of issues with the old lines. The old lines were in the front yard. The new system consisting of two 125' lines were ran in the back yard (No new tanks, just field lines). However, the front yard where the old lines were still...
  4. How to wire a septic effluent pump?

    Electrical
    I'm replacing a septic effluent pump that has served us for 20 years. I'm using the existing SJE float switches set up as they were. To replace the pump, I had to disconnect the old wire nuts in the splice box and now I'm confused about reconnection. I'm wanting to be certain about which wires...
  5. Septic pump/alarm on same breaker

    Plumbing
    Hi everyone, first time posting here on the DIY forums. I've run into a frustrating situation at my place, I'm in Austin, TX (Travis County) and the home is only 2 years old. It's a low-pressure dose mound system Last week I went outside to find a puddle and septic smells. I open the pump...
  6. septic: will someone read this sludge stick?

    Plumbing
    I followed instrux to "...wrap cloth around a stick, mark 6", 1', 2', etc. to create your sludge stick. Drop it down, wiggle it around to make sure it's good and bottomed out though all the sludge." I followed the intrux to hold the stick in the tank for a minimum of 5 minutes before pulling...
  7. Tricky inspection question

    Building & Construction
    Hello all. I have a question about a project I am planning to convert a non-residential building into a residential. This is out in the mountains of North Carolina where people's adherence to permitting and inspection regulations are shaky at best. Basically the locals don't usually get...
  8. Considering an aerobic septic retrofit

    Plumbing
    I have a poorly functioning drain field. The fix recommended is a new drain field and maybe a valve to switch back and forth as needed. In researching I've found various options for converting the tank from anaerobic to aerobic with basically inserting a bubbler in the tank to feed the aerobic...
  9. Proper chemicals for Aerator septic?

    Plumbing
    We have an aerator type septic system which was installed a couple of years ago. By design, if the water usage exceeds what the field can absorb, the excess effluent is drained out to the back yard. There is a 4" PVC tube that is supposed to have chlorine tablets loaded in it to kill any...
  10. Sledge in shower drain, septic tank help!!!

    Plumbing
    We moved in to a new home less than a year ago. The inspector didn't find anything wrong with our downstairs shower (he was a horrible inspector!!!). We have been fighting moisture ants and fungus flies in that bathroom since day one. Orkin says it's prob because of the drain.... My dad did come...
  11. Drip Emitter Septic System

    Plumbing
    Just bought a house. been here a week and the septic tank started overflowing into the yard. Fortunately the tank is lower than any pluming so it is leaking out into the woods beside the house. So here is what I have learned about my system. It has a large 2 part holding tank (600 gal)...
  12. Sump put drain field

    Plumbing
    So I have these plans to build a sump pit drain field, about 30' long. I'm in Manitoba, though, and have freezing concerns. I know my septic field is shallow in the 3' deep area. Manitoba government says septic drain fields are to be 3.25' max depth. However, there won't be any septic bacteria...
  13. Determine Septic Tank/Field Location for Garage (poss Relocation)

    Plumbing
    I am about to move into my first house that I actually get to do some remodeling to and the biggest project (and the one I was most excited for) may have to permanently be put on hold. I want to build a separate garage with a connected office ~25' off of the side of my house. I knew there is a...
  14. Can I mix conduit and romex

    Electrical
    Hello all. I am working on a septic Alarm project (I currently don't have an alarm). I have become convinced that PVC conduit from the house to the septic pump tank is the best way to go. In that conduit, as I understand it, I want to run #12 stranded THHN. So for power to the pump the wires...
  15. Did I clog something? Septic Tank

    Plumbing
    I am a renter and have well water and a septic tank. That's what I was told anyway and I'm assuming it is accurate. This morning I flushed a few kleenex' which I have already learned I shouldn't do, and won't do again. I think I flushed 2 at a time, twice. The only thing that happened... is...
  16. Think Spring!

    Landscaping & Lawn Care
    As Spring unfolds many start thinking about outdoor type projects. i.e. landscaping, porches, decks, patios, retaining walls, ponds, water features, new trees, shrubs, etc. Keep in mind however, and be extra cautious around septic tanks, drain fields, leach fields, and sewer and septic...
  17. How to avoid sewer problems or gain the upper hand in a home purchase

    How To Guides
    Before you buy a property … Get to know what’s underground Sewer laterals are the pipe that connects a building’s plumbing to the city-maintained sanitary sewer main. The sewer main carries wastewater from your lateral to the city’s treatment facilities. In...
  18. Possible buried oil tank?

    General DIY Discussions
    I was wondering if anyone knew what the attached picture is? It is buried in the ground directly behind a house built in 1955 in Florida. I think it might be the lid of an old oil tank or septic cover, but am not sure. Any ideas? Thanks, Lawrence
  19. sewer gas smell when using washer

    Plumbing
    We have an old house with two septic tanks. One of the septic tanks handles the washer, dishwasher and a toilet and sink. Every once in a while we would get the sewer gas smell in the bathroom when I washed clothes. I would aggressively use RID-X or something similar for a few days and the...
  20. Can I drain water into decomissioned septic?

    General DIY Discussions
    Can I drain water into decommissioned septic? Before we bought our house, the previous owners decommissioned the septic and switched over to town sewer. Assuming that the septic was filled with a drainable fill, it is ok to drain water into the decommissioned septic? I am thinking water...
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