01:09PM | 10/29/05
Member Since: 10/28/05
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Please help!

Our home was built in 1954 (we've lived in it for 7 years) and the kitchen sink, basement utility sink, and floor drain are plumbed into a dry well. Right now, none are draining (at all)! We called a plumber, and they quoted us $3,800 to have it "fixed." Their recommendation was to (this is right from the paperwork) "jackhammer floor, install pump basin, and install injector pump" so everything flows into our septic tank (which is small - 500 gallons - it was last pumped and inspected 3 months ago). Aren't there any other solutions (perhaps cheaper and less messy)? Can't the drain(s) just be unclogged? $3,800 is a lot of money! Why can the system function for so long but now apparently the only solution is this?

Any advice would be much appreciated. I don't know anything about plumbing and dry wells and worry that I'm not hearing all the possible options to fix the problem.

Thanks very much in advance,

Plugged up in Spokane
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