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Britbloke

09:28PM | 07/02/04
Member Since: 07/02/04
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I have just bought a house (without an inspection..long story!) There is an area on the lawn about 15ft round that has about 2 inches of water constantly there. It is not smelly & the grass looks ok. The house has been vacant for 2 months so no water has been used. The sump pump has a constant water trickle to it & as I presume it pumps out to the septic, is the only water currently entering the tank. Am I right in assuming that the sump pump drains to the septic tank? I do not yet know where the tank & drain field is. The system/house is 4 years old. Can I do the dye test myself or can only an inspector do the test? Any ideas or comments or experiences out there??

Gary Slusser

06:39AM | 07/03/04
Member Since: 02/17/04
113 lifetime posts
A sump pump should never be directed to a septic system; that's really not good. But it's possible the water you see is from the discharge of the sump pump if it were going into a 'dry' well. Or if the line has broken. How does the sump pump work, any problems?

If this water was from the septic, you should have slow running drains and backups. Is it possible there is a low spot in the yard and recent rain is the cause? Or if the water table is high, that could be the source of the water.

That's the best guess based on the little detail you've provided. Call the previous owner and ask for ideas.

Gary

Quality Water Associates

Britbloke

08:57AM | 07/04/04
Member Since: 07/02/04
7 lifetime posts
Thanks for the reply. Some more detail is that the house is only 4 years old so I believe that dry wells are more on older houses?

The house is a forclosure so there is no one to ask for history.

We are going to get county records to see what is in the area of the wet patch.

The wet patch is in a low lying area, but it doesn't look the lowest area so who knows?

The sump pump has about enough to switch it on I would say every 15 mins. The pump works fine from what I can see.

Not sure if there are any backups in the system as we haven't moved in yet. But nobody has lived there for about 3 months so I presume it couldn't be the septic as it hasn't been used.

As luck would have it the next door neighbor is a Septic tank cleaner. I need to befriend him when I move in!

There has been rains (as always in Michigan!) My guess is a low lying rain build up or the sump pump pipe is outlet there.

The wet patch is about 70 ft from the house, do outlets from sumps go that far??

So long as it isn't the septic field in trouble I will be happy.

I'll get the tank cleaned & inspected the day I move in.


Gary Slusser

10:39AM | 07/04/04
Member Since: 02/17/04
113 lifetime posts
In some areas they are allowed and required for say water softener discharge, albeit rarely. In other locations they are totally banned. So the age of the house has little if anything to do with it having a dry well.

The neighbor may be albe to tell you about the wet spot than anyone else. If you pump the tank you'll know if it is the cause of the wet spot or not.

Gary

Quality Water Associates

Gary Slusser

10:43AM | 07/04/04
Member Since: 02/17/04
113 lifetime posts
As to the 70' for the sump pump discharge. It can be run as far as you want as long as friction loss and elevation allow the distance. And IMO the ****her the better, because the water will have a more difficult time finding its way back to the sump.

Gary

Quality Water Associates
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