Plumbing problems are no fun but everyone has to handle them sooner or later. It happened to us Memorial weekend. Our septic tank decided to take a crap, literally.
We finally made reservations to take a holiday, I was doing last minute laundry and out of the blue I had been showered by the overhead pipes in our basement. The toilets and sinks were not giving us any trouble so I could not know very well what happened. I live in a rural area and we have a septic tank as opposed to a public sewer. I called our local septic pumping company for help. I was told if I exposed the lid to the tank I would personally save money. The cheapskate that I am I visited the shed for the shovel.
I remember pumping once before and so i had an idea where my tank was located. The ground was moist after having a recent rain so I found a long dowel rod and pushed it to the ground until I felt the solid concrete lid. It was located about 18″ within a thick layer of grass and element of my freshly weeded and mulched flower garden. I dug round the lid and known as the plumber for the appointment. It absolutely was my lucky day! They had an opening for that same afternoon. I visited You Tube to make myself for which ended up being to come. One of many videos I watched showed another opening in between the large lid as well as the house. This clean out may be clogged, so I dug around more and found the lesser lid. I Then waited. I was curious to start the lids but was afraid of what I might find.
My septic professional finally arrived and opened the large lid first. Phew! It had been full towards the brim! He pumped the water and sludge from the bottom of my tank into his truck for proper disposal. I had been impressed by the dimensions of this huge hole within my backyard. He examined the tiny clean out and everything was okay there. We chatted while he pumped. I asked how often septic tanks ought to be pumped, he recommended about every 2 years. He was happy with me for digging the lid. Well, it turns out there is another clean out between the large tank as well as the septic field where each of the excess water runs. He was concerned that there was a problem there because my tank was full. It appears to be my water had no which place to go. He opened the second clean out and tried pushing a hand rodder through the pipe. I knew we had been in danger once the rodder hit something solid and would not enter the pipe. We enjoyed a collapsed pipe. Whenever we failed to fix it right away, we would need to have our tank pumped every 1-2 weeks. Hiring him to do the job was unthinkable, so my husband and that i made a decision to tackle this job ourselves.
I am fortunate to have a handy husband that knows a lot about redecorating and maintenance. We have connections to obtain a backhoe to dig up the yard. (My flower garden has become history.) Your local rental store can help with drain cleaners and backhoes should you be willing to tackle the job yourself. They provides you with helpful suggestions and training using the equipment. The pipe in between the clean out and the next junction box was just lacking 6′. I began digging by hand but was very glad when I saw him pull together with the backhoe. Our digging revealed a sunken pipe. It had disconnected itself from your cleanout and sunk about a foot lower than it must happen to be. We were glad this baehdx the situation and never a concern with all the septic field. The junction box had 3 more pipes not having enough it. I pushed the hand rodder through all the openings easily. Exactly what a relief! Replacing the pipe was the simple part. It fit just a little loose so we cemented and tarred the joints. Since the holes have been backfilled it is time and energy to replant the grass and gardens, and finish the laundry.
I was lucky to capture this challenge with washer water. It might have been much worse when the toilets were backing up. Lesson to get learned: Pump your septic tank every 24 months. It is worth it to get a professional check out your septic system before you may have problems. Check with your homeowners insurance to find out what protection you have in case of any plumbing disaster.