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Old 06-27-2020, 09:44 AM
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Default Septic guys!

Help my poo flow! I've been worried about my tank, I've had to have it pumped in a 2.5 yr span... That shouldn't be.... So I poured copper sulfate in to kill any possible roots. Well the grass atop my septic tank died along with this spot under the pavers.... I though cool, the main line is damaged by roots under the pavers and it leaked out and killed the grass there too.. Wrong...



Here's under those pavers.


Is this my distribution box? There's no access hole, just a poured layer of concrete on top.... Abandoned septic?

Either way I need to know where the hell my main from my tank to field is to make sure its OK
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Old 06-27-2020, 03:00 PM
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I would say that may be a old tank of some sort. Possibly a retention box, but looks pretty big.
Instead of going around digging holes, you could get/make a probe.

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Old 06-27-2020, 03:56 PM
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That's pretty strange looking. Normally d-boxes are much smaller. Is there a pipe going to it? hard to tell from the picture. Any raw sewer anywhere?

When you got your tank pumped out did they expose the main lid and inspect the baffles.

FYI, we used to recommend pumping your tank every 3 years when I worked for my dad and uncle back in high school. Preventative maintenance to keep solids from going out to the drainfield.
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Old 06-27-2020, 07:22 PM
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3.5yrs on septic after growing up with sewer and have had those guys out a few times now.. Are your tanks full, float or alarms sounding? Or are you just stating you know you have a breach and your trying to locate it? My tanks over flowed last time but alarm didnít sound alarm because circuit blew and pump went out. I have picked up on a gurgle the house makes when Iíve got troubles.
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Old 06-27-2020, 08:19 PM
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What kind of system do you have? Leach field, sand filter, aeration, etc. Do you know the location of the beds? Google Earth may help you locate them.

If you put copper sulfate in your tank and it killed the grass on top, it means the grass is living off of what's inside the tank, and you need to replace it. Depending on the age of your system, it may have a turd filter that's plugged. The kind of toilet paper you use may also be causing you problems. Some of the newer toilet paper doesn't break down in your tank.
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Old 06-28-2020, 11:06 AM
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Could kill anything that has roots there.. Even that tree..
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Old 06-29-2020, 04:32 AM
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You may not even have a leach field. If its an old school system it may very well empty to the nearest drain tile or open ditch. Its been so dry lately in indiana spotting the leach field shouldn't be to hard.

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Do you guys think my septic tank runs to this tank?
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Old 06-29-2020, 09:33 AM
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Dig out around the outlet side of the supposed septic tank and see what kind of tile is currently there. And what direction the outlet goes.

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Old 06-29-2020, 02:26 PM
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Are you near a pond or stream? Sometimes they even used field waterways or a ditch. Careful around the methane gas emitted by the septic tank. It can literally make you pass out and suffocate and it can be flammable in the right situation.
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