Re: Cistern "converted" to septic in 100-yr old house
Posted by hj on April 21, 2002 at 10:41:42:
In response to Re: Cistern "converted" to septic in 100-yr old house
The pipe is Orangeburg, which is basically rolled up tar paper. Are you certain the "cistern" which is essentially a lined hole in the ground is not really a septic tank, or the disposal point for a septic tank?

: : 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.

: you will need to pump this cistern down and pull the lid off to see if there is an exit line. I would think there would be if it has been in use for many years. you may be able to use a camera to see if there is an exit line.




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