Plumbing issues are no fun but everybody has to deal with them at some point. It happened to us Memorial weekend. Our septic tank decided to take a crap, literally.
We finally made reservations to consider a vacation, I was doing last minute laundry and instantly I was showered from the overhead pipes within our basement. The toilets and sinks were not giving us any trouble therefore i could not understand what happened. I live in a rural area and there exists a septic tank as opposed to a public sewer. I called our local septic pumping company for help. I had been told should i exposed the lid to the tank I might spend less. The cheapskate which i am I visited the shed for the shovel.
I recall pumping once before so I had an understanding where my tank was located. The ground was moist after a recent rain and so i found a long dowel rod and pushed it into the ground until I felt the solid concrete lid. It was located about 18″ within a thick layer of grass and part of my freshly weeded and mulched flower garden. I dug around the lid and referred to as plumber to have an appointment. It had been my lucky day! They had an opening for your same afternoon. I visited You Tube to make myself for which was to come. One of the videos I watched showed another opening in between the large lid as well as the house. This clean out may be clogged, therefore i dug around more and found the lesser lid. I waited. I was curious to open the lids but was scared of what I might find.
My septic professional finally arrived and opened the big lid first. Phew! It absolutely was full to the brim! He pumped the water and sludge from the bottom of my tank into his truck for proper disposal. I was surprised about how big this huge hole in my backyard. He examined the small clean out and everything was okay there. We chatted as he pumped. I asked how many times septic tanks needs to be pumped, he recommended about every 2 years. He was very proud of me for digging out the lid. Well, it appears there is another clean out involving the large tank and the septic field where all of the excess water runs. He was concerned that there had been a problem there because my tank was full. It appears to be my water had no where to go. He opened the second clean out and tried pushing a hand rodder through the pipe. I knew we had been in danger when the rodder hit something solid and would not go into the pipe. We experienced a collapsed pipe. When we did not correct it right away, we would need to have our tank pumped every 1-2 weeks. Hiring him for the job was out of the question, so my hubby and i also made a decision to tackle this task ourselves.
I am just fortunate to get a handy husband that knows a great deal about home improvement and maintenance. We have connections to obtain a backhoe to dig in the yard. (My flower garden has become history.) The local rental store can assist with drain cleaners and backhoes if you are willing to tackle the task yourself. They will give you 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 once i saw him pull in with the backhoe. Our digging revealed a sunken pipe. It had disconnected itself from your cleanout and sunk regarding a foot lower than it ought to have already been. We were glad that the baehdx the problem and never an issue using the septic field. The junction box had 3 more pipes running out of it. I pushed the hand rodder through all the openings easily. Just what a relief! Replacing the pipe was the easy part. It fit a little loose so we cemented and tarred the joints. Given that the holes happen to be backfilled it is actually time and energy to replant the grass and gardens, and finish the laundry.
I used to be lucky to capture this challenge with washer water. It could have been much worse when the toilets were backing up. Lesson to be learned: Pump your septic tank every 2 years. It makes it worth while to possess a professional check out your septic system before you may have problems. Check with your homeowners insurance to find out what protection you might have in case of any plumbing disaster.