My dad has fought his septic tank system for 14 years now.
Weird setup. It doesn't really have a septic tank. It is a septic tank but however not a real one. Someone at one point decided they could build their own septic tanks by taking crock pipe standing it on end, sitting it on concrete and sealing it with mortar. Tieing them both together to seperate solids and water. It works on. As the "softs" tank fills it runs the water off into the leach field.
The problems we had over the years.
The tank gets full with 3 people living there quite often, a few times a year. Not going to say how we remedy this but it involves a scoop on a long handle, and a plastic dump wagon. Use your imagination.
The leach field runs under the alley. Pipe has crushed in different locations probably a dozen times over the years.
One year the pipe crushed between the house and the tank. Not terrible, only 8 feet of pipe, so we narrowed it down quickly.
We were out there one winter with a mattock and a shovel digging it up trying to find the crushed spots. That was a bad time, suprising how much pressure a pipe with poo water in it can build up and a well placed mattock strike led me to being covered in "water" and caused me to vacate my stomach several times.
Last fall dad's sink, washing machine, dishwasher, tub, and bathroom sink isn't tied into the septic lines. It runs out a seperate line that drains into its own leech field. I know this isn't legal, so SHH.. He also drains his gutters into the system. Well, he was weed eating, and an 1" elbow fell off a line he was draining into the top of the leech field, went down the 4" line, and plugged it up. We dug for 8 hours, the yard looked like a golf course. Finally through listening to the water flowing we found where the plug was, cut the pipe with a sawzall and spliced a new piece in.
Edited by toomanytoys84, November 25, 2013 - 12:47 PM.