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November 5, 1997 at 10:18 pm #10756RON ALLENGuest
CAN SOMEONE LEND ME A HELPING HAND WITH A SEWER BACK-UP PROBLEM PLEASE!!!! MY TOILETS AND LAVITORIES ARE ALL DRAINING EXTREMLY SLOW .. RE:TOILETS ON OCCASION, ALMOST OVERFLOW WHEN FLUSHING AND LAVITORIES, AFTER RUNNING A COUPLE GALLONS OF WATER THRU THEM, START BACKING UP. IT IS ALSO NOTED THAT WATER LEVEL IN TOILET BOWLS IS MUCH LOWER THAN NORMAL. A GURGLING NOISE IS ALSO NOTED WHEN ANOTHER TOILET IN THE HOUSE IS FLUSHED. BELCHING NOISES ARE ALSO NOTED ON OCCASION IN THE TOILETS. IT SOUNDS LIKE AIR BUBBLES BACKING UP IN THE SEWER LINES. I AM ON A SEPTIC SYSTEM. I HAVE TRIED THE BACTERIA EATER JUNK THRU THE TOILETS WHICH HAS YET TO HAVE ANY EFFECT ON THE PROBLEM. I DON’T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT WASTE SYSTEMS TO KNOW IF A VENT IS PLUGGED, WASTE LINE PLUGGED OR SEPTIC TANK NEEDS TO BE PUMPED. LIVING IN A SMALL (EXTREMLY RURAL) AREA, IT IS DIFFICULT TO GET SOMEONE OUT HERE THAT KNOWS WHAT HE’S DOING. IF I KNEW MORE WHAT THE NATURE OF THE PROBLEM WAS, I COULD THEN REPAIR MYSELF…OR CALL THE ROTOR-ROOTER MAN OR CALL OUT SOMEONE TO PUMP THE SEPTIC TANK…..ANY HELP WOULD BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.
November 7, 1997 at 3:05 pm #76651Russell R. BoedekerGuest
Since this is coming from all your fixtures,
sounds like you either have a plug in your main
line to the septic tank, or the septic tank is
full and/or you have a septic drainage problem.
If you have not had your septic system pumped in
a long time, this may be the best place to start.
Next bet would be to have a plumber snake out the
Have you noticed any septic bubbling up in your
August 14, 2003 at 1:33 pm #177543FelixGuest
I have recently noticed a wet area at the end of my field lines. This pool of water smells foul, but there is no odor at the house, I am not having any problems in the house. The system is 30+ years old, I hve never had trouble with it before, I use enzymes reguarly, once a month. I was wondering if this is a sludge buildup problem? If this is from sludge buildup, is there a product available to cure this fast before I have the system pumped? If so, please advise me where to find it, and how to use it. This atea has had a record amount of rain this season, could that be the cause? Also, no one was here for about three weeks prior to the problem starting.
February 20, 2004 at 5:52 am #212406leckGuest
Looks like several things:
* The tank is full & need pump out
* Inlet and/or Outlet pipe is blocked. This can be caused by few things such the pipe is blocken/crushed or the inlet/outlet holes are blocked. For broken/crushed pipes you need to find out where they are & fix them (dont use any tape but cut & rejoin by joiner pipes). If the ground is dry you will notice a wet/damp area. If not you need to dig evey centimeter of where the pipes are, starting from the tank ends. If the pipes are blocked it is most likely to be the inlet pipe or inlet hole, Inlet hole is situated in the tank. There is an opening at the top of the tank to let you view the inside of the inlet hole. Same for the outlet hole. For blocked outlet you can clear it with a hihgh tensile fence wire or the declogger wire. The easiest way is to just push a normal garden hose into it until it can’t go no further & flush it out with full blast.
* The dispersing lines are clogged. This is very rare.Check them out.
* If the tank has a well (a hole to collect water coming out of the tank) it will have a pump to pump the water to dispersing lines in the field. Check the pump switch is on & working.
I think your tank is full: pump it out. In Australia a 4,500 liters tank will cost exactly A$280.00 to be pumped out.
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