Cistern "converted" to septic in 100-yr old house
Posted by Angela Lin on April 20, 2002 at 15:49:38:
Our ancient 4" sewer piping recently failed, which empties into what used to be the cistern. When cutting into this pipe it seems to be made out of a tarry substance. No one at our local hardware store knows what it is or how old it might be. We replaced it with PVC. My question is this: How can we find out whether or not we even HAVE a drain field? It is doubtful that the owners at the time acquired a permit to use the cistern rather than having a septic system installed.

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