RE- Sick Septic system

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by gundogblue, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. gundogblue

    gundogblue New Member

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    Well the septic guy was just out, he said I need the top of my septic tank re-built, and a new lid, and a new line-out from the septic tank. Also Im gonna expose all the distrobution boxes , they too my need some work, the estamate is $2500.00 it could be a little more or less depending on the shape of the distrobution boxes. And I just placed a call to a company that will pump out the tank.
    Paul
  2. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    And your question is?
  3. gundogblue

    gundogblue New Member

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    Not really a question but some have indicated that they would like to be kept up to speed on my problem.
    Paul :)
  4. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    Oh... In that case, best of luck. Nothing worse than a septic system gone bad.
  5. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    That's great news! Not that $2500+ is chump change, but it could have been much more. I hope they can figure out a way to access the tank in the future without have to tear out the deck.
  6. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

    The new lid certainly makes sense, but do you have any idea what he means about re-building the top of the tank? How large is the hole in the ground under your deck? Had the lid caved in or something?

    Ah. It just now struck me that you might only have one access hole in your existing lid and he is planning to remove it completely and replace it with an updated version. My son-in-law and I did that with an old and abandoned tank we revived here at home a couple of years ago.
  7. gundogblue

    gundogblue New Member

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    The tank is about 1000 gals, he said the top 1/8 part of the tank is deteriorating so he's gonna have to repair that and then put a new lid on, as well as installing a new pipe comming out of the septic tank, and possibly rebuilding the distrobution boxes, today Im gonna expose the distrobution boxes, it will save me a few bucks if I do that. As far as the deck is concerned , Im not going to put it back over the septic tank. Hopfully this nightmare will be over by this week-end. I feel that $2500.00 plus or minuse a little is a good price for all this work.
    Paul :)
  8. Southern Man

    Southern Man DIY Hillbilly

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    You almost lost me. It would help to reply to your original thread instead of making a new one.

    $2500 seems fair for that amount of work. Once you have the old system mapped out and know how to use the distribution boxes you can shut down an area that is "wet" and let it dry out for 6 months, then turn it back on again. It typically helps a system to alternate between sections of a field that way.
  9. gundogblue

    gundogblue New Member

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    Southern Man,
    Wow I never knew that, see the info you get on this site is worth it's wait in gold. I dug today but only found one distrobution box where the water was standing, and it don't look to healthy to me, I also found where the field tile "T's" out, three of those, and I found a place where there is a piece of field tile that acts as a stand, I asume it's for a clean out. So far only one field tile that I have found is broken, and everything past the distrobution box where the water was standing in my yard seems dry. The repair guy is comming out tomorrow to check out what I have done, with the septic tank uncoverd, and pumped out, and everything that I have dug, hopfully he will have a better picture of how to revive my old septic system, I'll keep you all informed.
    Paul
  10. Southern Man

    Southern Man DIY Hillbilly

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    That's why some here call me a "disgrace to all engineers". ;)
  11. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Your only that some of the time....
  12. Southern Man

    Southern Man DIY Hillbilly

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    Depends on how much corn mash I used up that day...
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