07:00PM | 12/27/06
Member Since: 12/26/06
2 lifetime posts
Help! My septic tank was installed backwards.The General Contractor says that it's not his problem. The septic contractor has retired, and the building inspector can't be held responsible. Now I'm told that my drain field is shot. I can't afford to have it done by a pro. I'm looking for step by step instructions on how to replace the drain field myself. Looking to do this job this summer. A little tough to do in a N. Michigan winter. Thanks for any help or info.


07:55PM | 12/27/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
For what reason does the GC claim that it was not his problem. Unless you hired and directed the sub then the GC is responsible.

Now I don't know when this was done, but in some states the builder has liability for major problems for up to 10 years.

And just because the septic contractor has retired that does not release their liability.

I would visit with a lawyer that is familar with construction to find out exactly what options you have.

As to your question there are a number of different "systems". Different areas have different requirement. And the soils are different in different areas.

Also the there are a number of ofsets from the tank, the house, other properties, etc.

I would start with the local office that approves septic systems and see what they require.


05:36PM | 12/28/06
Member Since: 12/26/06
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Thanks for you suggestions. We've already been in touch with a lawyer. The system was put in 14 years ago when we had the modular home put in. The GC was the dealer. No one noticed a thing until a year ago we had the tank pumped again. Thats when the driver of the septic pumper noticed that the tank was backwards. No one claims a thing, and our lawyer says that because of the time involved, we have little or no recourse. Our new septic guy says that the drain field is shot, and needs to be replaced. I'm going to have to do this myself, to keep costs down. Just looking for help and info. Thanks.
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