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Septic ain't septicing correctly !


Our toilet started backing up a few days ago and it would kind come a go, depending on the usage   I pulled the cover off of the outside clean out pipe going to the septic tank and the line was full of water, no solids there.  Sherry had a Doctor's appt so I decided to wait and check it again when we got back and there was only a little water in the bottom of the line later that day.  I'm kinda figuring that roots have gotten in the line from the toilet to the septic tank and it needs roto-rooting so I called my plumber friend and he's coming out Wednesday morning.

However, yesterday just for grins, I dug the area around the septic tank lid and found the cap that they pump it out from and low and behold it was almost to the top.  Problem is that I just had it pumped out in June and before that it lasted about 2 1/2 years before needing pumping out. no

It was all solids and no water also and I'm thinking it could possibly need something like Rid-X on a monthly basis to keep the solids from getting so bad.

ANYONE have any experience with Rid-X or any suggestions as to why the tank is filling up that soon????

(Footnote: after the horrible drought we had last year I sure that the tree roots are like the grass runners and are running rampid to try and find water)



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that rid-x is a must. its bacteria that breaks things down. use it once a month.ive got to do the same thing mego. mine hasnt ever ben pumped out.its ben here bout 13 years.im sure without rid-x it would have ben a mess long ago.

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You sh*t too much Mello.....lol

I have never had to use any additives to my septic, but I guess we have a lot more ground water here.....My septic guy said that a septic tank will fill with water right away after pumping...its the solids in there that you have to worry about...That Ridex stuff should help for sure. ...and have the Roto Router thing to clean that pipe

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Thanks Gents, Gonna pick me up some Rid-X today and ?maye? it will help even before having to pump it out again.

'preciate it,

meller



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Meller - that sounds expensive to me and unfortunately Rid-X will be too late.

Septic systems aren't just a pipe to a tank. That tank is just there to collect the solids and get pumped out every couple years. The tank collects the solids, then the liquid will then go down another outflow line to the field. That field can be as simple as a single line - or as complex as a full built up lateral system, using sand, stone, piping with drain holes and literally hundreds of feet of those pipes in trenches. This depends on a perc test, and run when the house was built. If that system is 30-60 years old, the contractor could have used orangeburg pipe, which is a fiber pipe, made up with wood byproducts and permeated with coal tar or similar. It fails!! Then of course, if you neglect having the system pumped on a regular basis, those lateral runs will fill with - sludge (solids carried over from the tank). Now, how do I know this? I ended up with a brand new system when the orangeburg pipe failed two homes back and it about broke the piggy bank!!

Here's some good 'clean' reading for you: http://inspectapedia.com/septbook.htm



-- Edited by poncho62 on Tuesday 21st of February 2012 08:33:18 PM

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Thanks, Dave, I'm afraid that you might have hit the preverbial nail on my system.  Since we are going to put this on the market, I know that "I" won't be putting in a new system but I may have to have it pumped out again.

My plumber is coming in the morning and more than likely he will echo your thoughts but I'm gonna get him to roto the line from the house to the tank just incase there are roots there.

I will certainly have it pumped out before anyone buys it and then they can deal with it like I've had to.

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Good info in that site Dave....added it to our tech library....thanks

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poncho62 wrote:

Good info in that site Dave....added it to our tech library....thanks


 

Always happy to be of service Hope that it can help others. Luckily we now have a county sewer system even if it costs me $300/year.



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Two of the main requirements of the next place we buy will be public water and sewer -  - - - getting way too old for this chit !  Good Bye 401K



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Mello Yello wrote:

Two of the main requirements of the next place we buy will be public water and sewer -  - - - getting way too old for this chit !  Good Bye 401K


 I thought when I moved to the country....Neat, no more water/sewage bills.....Little did I know.......

Septic pump....$135

New water system....$3500

Salt for softener.....$4/bag

Filters for reverse osmosis and UV filter.....$300/year

Electric to run the whole thing....???(I dont want to know)

Hmmmmmmmm............nothing is free.



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poncho62 wrote:
Mello Yello wrote:

Two of the main requirements of the next place we buy will be public water and sewer -  - - - getting way too old for this chit !  Good Bye 401K


 I thought when I moved to the country....Neat, no more water/sewage bills.....Little did I know.......

Septic pump....$135

New water system....$3500

Salt for softener.....$4/bag

Filters for reverse osmosis and UV filter.....$300/year

Electric to run the whole thing....???(I dont want to know)

Hmmmmmmmm............nothing is free.


 I forgot - my water bill runs ~60-65 bucks every 3 months. One of my town election districts family - their water bill is in the hundreds every three months, but they have 2 daughters ........can you say run the tank dry .... as well as a son. Since we just got a new source of water in our county(Hudson River), haven't needed a softener.



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Our water bill is usually around $40 a month and the electric bill varies with how much the AC runs - - - - last months was $109 but August's bill was almost $300.  Of course we are all electric except for our heating and that's another story - - - - January costs us $299 in propane.

So the month of January utilities totalled around $450 but February will be much less because of the weather.



-- Edited by Mello Yello on Wednesday 22nd of February 2012 03:35:11 PM

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