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Old 08-09-2017, 12:50 PM   #1
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I signed up for this forum to look for other opinions regarding our household septic system. We purchased the home in 2014 and it was built in 1997 with the septic system being as old as the house. It is a conventional trench septic system. Anyways onto the problem..

In april 2016 we had the tank pumped. All seemed to be in functioning order afterwards. Up until early Wednesday Morning of August 2nd, I went to flush a toilet and it wouldn't flush. Tried the other toilet. Wouldn't flush. Water was also coming back up into the bathroom tubs and sinks were gurgling. We called our local septic pumper who worked passed his due hours to make sure he got to us before the days end. We pumped it out and had a rather large plug in our baffle coming from the house into the tank. The problem comes after he pumped the tank and noticed it was mostly water, very little solids and it was predy much full to the brim. After the tank was pumped water continued to gush back from the drainfield for a considerable amount of time as if somebody had a hose open at full blast, which is never a good sign.
It back filled the 1000 gallon tank maybe quarter of the way before it stopped. Since then I have been in touch with several contractors as well as applying for a permit to dig from our local county water conservation district. The problem is our county no longer allows trench systems, they are out of date. One contractor we had out states that due to a high water table in our area (Except this summer has been extremelly dry, the drainfield should work fine with no issue), county ordinances and our soil is terrible. About 6 inches down while he was digging, it's nothing but clay. We would have to build a mound septic system. I've had a couple say they could possibly jet the system, but if anything it would only buy us some time, or do no good at all. But living in Minnesota with winter right around the corner I need to act fast and decide what I need to do and at this point I am just looking for other opinions before I bit the bullet of 7-10K.

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No one? Well I guess it was worth a try.


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Old 08-12-2017, 02:53 AM   #3
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Hang in there. We have a few septic experts, but they only pop in here when they have time. Check back in 24-48 hours, and I'm sure you will get some responses. I have absolutely no knowledge with septic systems except for the dumb septic sprinkler I broke last week at my ex wife's house. Never again for me!
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Did any septic guys do any testing of anything? It does sound like a saturated leech line. Obviously it worked fine for the last 10 years so I am wondering why now?
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Did any septic guys do any testing of anything? It does sound like a saturated leech line. Obviously it worked fine for the last 10 years so I am wondering why now?
Thanks for the response. No. They just figure failing field due to extremely dry weather that they say there should be no reason the field shouldn't be able to handle the intake of water. We have a inspector coming out to do a soil boring study to try give us some answers. They believe the problem is due to aging of the system and the soil around the system isn't able to handle water percolation like it used to.. I never realized before having a septic that when something goes wrong it would be so difficult to figure out why.
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Here I don't know if these may offer some ideas and suggestions but..

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