failing leachfield

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog. Water is life.' started by ricardoesq, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. ricardoesq

    ricardoesq New Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Santa Rosa, CA
    Hello, (1st post) for a few years now my leechfield (mainly in a 30' length area) has been failing to the point of soggy ground with the water rising to the surface (low point?). I was under the impression i could replace some of the area with the infiltratior systems, but then read here that is not recommended for any clay-type soil and I believe I have sandy loam. I am currently greywatering to another area with the exception of two toilets and a shower but still have a visible problem.
    I am on a slght slope and according to county records have (3) 80' lines (1970) and just found one of the distribution boxes and greywater started flowing out of it as I was uncovering it. I plan to find the other box upslope of the one I uncovered. My question is how do I tell if all 3 lines are being utilized? Do all the lines need to be level? Is there anyway to avoid the high cost of replacing the septic lines? I have potential access to city sewer if I run a new line about 500' to the street and use a pump, but then monthly fees are expensive!
    Thanks for your input!
  2. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

    Nov 23, 2006
    disabled-retired industrial fabricator
    200 miles south of Little Rock
    Just like you are doing: Find each and see whether they are merely damp or filled and not draining.

    As long as they do not run uphill, water can get to the end and use the entire line.

    There is where you get estimates and quotes and hope to be able to afford whatever might be best.

    Yep, and then there is the matter of maintaining the pump and powering it. Personally, I prefer gravity over a pump.
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  4. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

    Dec 28, 2009
    "retired" and still building and troubleshooting
    northfork, california
    shifted D boxes are a classic destroyer of a septic field. Should only be one, however. Open them up and get the water level down, and see if you have a toilet leak first.

    Have to get everything going equally into each pipe.

    If you have a garbage disposal, and have not pumped the tank every 3 to 6 years, you likely killed the field with solids, but replacement is cheaper than going into the hands of the governor. But if you ask, they might make you tie in.

    Santa Rosa is quite dry, so you must have a clogged field. Roots?
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