Septic seepage

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by lawnspecialties, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
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    My yard just barely slopes toward the back. Well, we're starting to get seepage from the very back where our septic "leach" lines end up. I had the tank pumped out last fall but it's back. Any suggestions without breaking the bank? I'm thinking of building up the area to keep any rainwater from ending up there. Maybe the extra dirt will help soak up the little bit of extra "stinky" water.
     
  2. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    You need to call in a specialist. You could have a failed leechfield. (Big $$$$).
     
  3. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
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    You're killing me!
     
  4. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    Have a Drain and Septic guy come out and take a look. A leechfield should never be showing surface water.
     
  5. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
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    First you stick the knife in. Then you start turning it.

    Truth hurts:(
     
  6. K&M Lawn Care

    K&M Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    Could also be a water leak inside the house. Even something small like a dripping faucet adds a lot of gallons of water over time that the septic system has to try to get rid of.
     
  7. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    No the others are correct..his leach field has failed andd it is not something you can just smooth over or cover and forget about..unless you want a real mess on your hands by doing it that way.
     
  8. old dog 80

    old dog 80 LawnSite Member
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    Couple of questions
    Have you added new stresses on system such as just got married to woman with 3 children and they moved in late last summer?
    Have you had huge quantities of rain in this period?
    Did someone go 4 wheeling thru the leachfield and crush lines?
    Is it so old (like Orangeburg pipe) that they are collapsing or clogging?
    Hope it helps cause septic problems seem to strike as much fear in a homeowners heart as "EARTHQUAKE" !
     
  9. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
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    We've always used a pretty good amount of water for a family of four. The problem seems to be slow but consistent. Like I said, the yard slightly slopes to the back. This is where the leechfield is. Heavy rains will cause water to collect which obviously just aggravates the problem.

    How deep are leechfields usually? Is there anything I can do to help it? Can I have it extended to give it more room to clear out? Tons of questions as I learn about this new endeavour.
     
  10. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    There is some granular stuff you can pour in your toilet and then after flushing it down you don't flush again for like 12 hours..it will help break down any clogs and the debri in your septic..Forget what it's called but they sell it at any hardware store.Also make sure the females in your family are not flushing any feminine protection articles down the toilet at all..septic systems cannot break down those items.
     

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