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Old 06-29-2020, 04:11 PM
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Looks like a cesspool. Some of the older systems started out with cesspools and then put a tank in and still used the cesspool for a leach. This could of be done depending on the laws in your state.

Imo water usage, evaporation rate and percolation dictates the maintenance interval required ie pumping. The more you service your tank the better chances your system will last. Better to be safe than sorry...

My family has been in the septic business since the 70s and we recommend for a family of 4 the system should be serviced once a year or at least inspected.

If your not maintaining level in your septic tank and are backing up there's already an issue. Worst case scenario the leach or whatever you have in place is saturated and will have to be replaced. I don't see that as the issue with your system. Being that system functions for a decent period of time.

Remember not to use heavy chemicals as this can cause the bacteria to die off and the system will not function as it was designed. Also garbage disposals are detrimental to a system cause the food is not processed the same as human waste. Also heavy tissue use is detrimental to a system, like previously mentioned. These three things can ruin a new system within a couple of years. These problems cause the solids to float and they can possibly make it out into your leach and coat it. Which wont let the decanted water to percolate.

Like previously mentioned the grass died cause of the copper sulfate was used and the grass is being feed by the system. I would rather snake the line than use copper sulfate as the chemical creates an in balance in the bacteria in your tank. Also kills more than roots as you can see. Might even kill the trees you have around the leach.

I hear stories all the time that some systems last for ever "I haven't pumped my tank in 20 years" but then start having issues and need leach fields replaced. Which cost a lot more than simple maintenance periodically.

If you're backing up there's a couple of things you need to check to get a diagnosis. First dig up the lid to the septic tank and make sure your maintaining a normal level in the tank. About 6" from the top of the tank. If its maintaining the normal level the its in the line feeding the tank. If not check and make sure the outlet of the tank is not obstructed. Things that can cause that are plugged filter if you have one or some sort of build up on on the outlet pipe. Or like previously mentioned the leach is shot. Check it out and let me know what you find and we'll go from there.

Sorry for the long read but a lot people are not as informed as they should be when they have a septic.

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Old 06-29-2020, 06:09 PM
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80% old septic systems I have repaired have had baffle issues... Inlet/outlet. As stated before make sure they are not obstructed... Make sure the sludge level is not at or above the baffle inlets (lowest part of the baffle) I slide a pipe or rod along size the baffle to check where level is at. Also make sure the scum (top layer) is not making its way into the outlet or inlet baffles. This old system probably has a wall baffles and those love to fail when they get old, they deteriorate. If this is your problem... Easy fix.
Open up them lids and check things out.
I'm not a septic specialist, but I am a plumber. Dang If I lived near you I would stop by to give you a hand. If you find the field and tank is good, you may just need to pump it more often as said. Some house holds put the septic system to work more then others, my uncle once told me I must be full of sh** because every time I would spend a few weeks at his house the system started to fill up haha. Could be your system was not designed for the use it is put through... Easiest thing at this point is to pump it every couple years.

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Old 06-29-2020, 08:15 PM
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I've got a tile coming off the outlet side of tank. Straight 4 feet. Then it gets mated to a black corrugated pipe. Then I lose it 6 feet down the line. Back to digging tomorrow.


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Old 06-29-2020, 08:50 PM
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So lemme get this straight. The level is supposed to be only a few inches from the top?

Thebfirst time I had it pumped, 2.5-3 years ago, my drains stopped but we had a paper backup at the first baffle and inlet... The level was about 8 inches from the top. Last year I dug it up again for inspect and again water was 6-8 from the top...
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Old 06-29-2020, 10:19 PM
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6-8 inches is a good level.

What is the level now?
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Old 07-04-2020, 11:46 AM
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So looks like a clay tile up by the tank? Then transitions into a corrugated tile. This is sure making me think it just dumps into an open ditch or farm tile.

Sure is hot nasty weather to be digging in!

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