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yikkievargo

05:07AM | 11/13/01
Member Since: 11/12/01
14 lifetime posts
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I have problems with my drain field. It doesn't drain very quickly! I rent & do not own this duplex, of which both units use the same septic system. Now, does anyone have any suggestions as to rerouting Rain water, & somehow slowing this (fill process) down? The problem also lies with the home owner. He wants to hold out as long as possible before he gets a mandatory note, to tie into the sewer system. The problem there is that there aren't any in the ground as yet. The township is going to be putting in sewer lines, next year, sometime. So, we & my landlord have to wait until then. We don't have to wait but, it's logical to wait on the lines to be installed, before the sewer lines (from the duplex) can be tied in. So, this is just 1 problem that has 5 complications to it. Any suggestions, besides blowing up the drain field? To anyone that's ever done this before, THIS is a challenge for YOU!!!

Matches

12:40PM | 11/13/01
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
Hi yickkievargo,
When I was growing up we had this problem as well.Prior to connecting to sewer,it was suggested we change the drain field.As I recall,the line off the septic was dug up where the pipe took a turn to the field.That line was capped off and another field created on the opposite side of the pipe.I believe this worked ok for a few years until we got city sewer.
It may also be that our original field was
at a low point in the yard where rain became an issue because I also seem to remember some conversation about the new field being in a location where the terrain above was higher to assist in run-off of rain water.

yikkievargo

11:37AM | 11/14/01
Member Since: 11/12/01
14 lifetime posts
When you had this problem, you said you was a child. Do you know how much & what all was involved with this? You also say that the pipe turned to the right, then it was capped off, then another field was created, on the opposite side of that pipe. So, if I change the direction of drainage from that pipe, do I have to install a NEW Drain Field? This could be very expensive! The town is in the progress of installing sewer sytems, but, I may be one of the last ones to have that done. In the meantime, every month, actually every week it should be pumped out. There's a pond of waste water, like a swamp, in my front yard, & that's why I'm despirate for suggestions! It's also a health hazard to have this, but,the city moves soooooo slow at doing any kind of roads, sewers, etc., etc., that requires work! Anyhow, I would greatly appreciate ANYONE or ANY help on this matter!!! I'm getting desparate & it smells as well. Do you really think that that idea would work, or do you think it may simply deflect it to the other half of the front yard? The front yard is only about 35X 45 feet, so I don't have much to work with. There are two driveways at each end of it.Any other suggestions? i have a Picture of it, but, I can't send it through this site. Would you like to see the size of it? Can I send it to you through your ICQ site? please let me know. Also, one more thing. THANK YOU so much for your help & for your post. I'm truly grateful that you answered my question, & I do appreciate it!!!

Matches

01:28PM | 11/14/01
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
Hi again,
This is hardly a project for a do-it-yourselfer.I only wanted to share a possibility for a solution.Your present field could be saturated and unable to drain.By re-directing the flow to another area,you may be alright for a while.Unfortunatly,no matter what you do you will need a professional in this area and I don't think there is any inexpensive way out.
I will guess that if redirecting the flow to a new field area is suggested by a pro,it will probably be the cheapest of available options.Best of luck.

Matches

01:54PM | 11/14/01
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
One more time,
As I reread your original post,it occured to me that this is really not your responsibility if you are renting.In fact,your landlord would probably HAVE to have the problem corrected if reported and may not have the option of waiting for city sewer.

yikkievargo

06:09AM | 11/15/01
Member Since: 11/12/01
14 lifetime posts
Matches, I agree with you as far as it being my landlord's problem & he could be reported, & I know this. I'm simply trying to help the man out, until this new sewer line is installed.As I've said earlier, I'm a handyman, & a pretty good one as to coming up some solutions to most problems & then, fixing them. Butm, I wanted some other input on this one. I have come up with 2 ideas. 1 is to reroute the down spout, so that it slows down the rain water intake. The other idea is to put in a serregated pipe, a french drain type of pipe, to get this overflow/runoff to go in another direction. I already called the water authority about this & they do know. I asked when we, our street is due for the sewer sytems to be put in. I was told by April of 2002, they should be reassing this, & possibly starting it, as long as no other problems show up now, where they are, to slow down the schedule. So you see Matches, I'm in the middle of a hard spot & a rock. I've done so many improvements & additional work here for this man, that he loves me! Most of this was done for free labor costs. He told me that as long as I continue to live here, & that I do extra work, that my rent will not go up. Well, last renewal, it went up $25.00!!! He also asked that I try to slow down on my water usage,& to use the laudramat. THAT'S REDICULOUS & I WILL NOT!!!! Anyhow, I have that last part of our conversation on tape.I only wish that I had a tape that says he's going to raise the rent, because of this! He probably did, but, I can't prove this. Anyhow, I let by gones be by gones. It should all be taken care of this coming year! I HOPE!!! Thank you once again Matches, for all of your input & concern in helping me out!!! I really do appreciate all of your help! Thanks again & Take Care!

alhoward

10:13AM | 11/20/01
Member Since: 11/19/01
11 lifetime posts
I've been on both sides of the rent issue and now own 3 duplexes, each having its own septic tank and drainage fields. I pumped them out a couple of years ago and now I use an enzyme product called Super Power 7 from Market America. It's great for keeping the pipes, septic tank, and drain lines cleared, which could be part of the problem in your case. Tell your landlord about it if you think he might cough up the $19.95 for a bottle. He can order it online at www.shopEZ.unfranchise.com in the 'Biotech store' and have it shipped directly to you. It is not immediate, since it uses enzymes to devour the waste, but it is effective.

yikkievargo

12:03AM | 11/21/01
Member Since: 11/12/01
14 lifetime posts
alhoward, You don't understand this. This only has a liquid problem. It's so bad, that it needs to be pumped out every week or two. It's all mostly liquid that just doesn't drain out of the septic tank! Thank you very much for your advice. I don't think it will help, but, I;ll try anything now!

alhoward

08:52AM | 11/21/01
Member Since: 11/19/01
11 lifetime posts
You were right! I did not understand that you were needing to pump it that often. Sorry I could not help.

yikkievargo

11:43PM | 11/21/01
Member Since: 11/12/01
14 lifetime posts
No problem. I really do appreciate the comments & inputs, but this problem has no easy fixes! Thanks again.
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