No, I know that no grease goes into the drains. Not cooking grease anyways. Being an auto mechanic and having done industrial maintenance over the years, and my son just getting started in the same kind of work the last few years, we both have taken some pretty dirty showers... that would be the only grease that might have gone thru the system over the years. well, that and what ever goes thru the laundry from time to time.
The other line goes into the same tank (I was told it is 500 gallon by the pumper guy) and I have never had a problem there so I thought the field could be eliminated as a problem; even though the other side handles less volume, it does handle part of the house... if the field were bad, I would think that any added from anywhere within the system would add to the problem.
The pumper guy has always said "everything looks fine" with my system, most recently 18 months ago. I have dug the cap up each time it has been done to save $$$ vs having him do that. next time I will dig up the other end and try to find the other cover , I assume there is another on the opposite end but have never dug that end up.
They say that when our houses were built, they only put in a 35' drain line.
I know the guy next door has problems with his though I think the idiot put his pool right over part of the tank.... the weight of the pool over the tank can't be good, that would be like driving over it.... last year he was having his pumped about every couple of months... I have not noticed the septic truck there in a while, though I know he has not had a new system put in....
but they have 5 in their house, I have 3.
we have a very high water table in this area and when we have a really heavy rainy period, the back yard smells like sewer gas til the ground is able to dry up. and I have had other neighbors tell me they have the same thing.
I remember when I was a kid, my Dad rented a backhoe and dug 6 trenches next to each other and extended the lines, I forget which they said we only had 1 or 2 lines beyond the tank, then when I was a teen the village came in there and put in city water and sewers. I am on city water and my own septic. I live 30 miles and a whole county away from where I grew up.
I was hoping that "worst case" all I would have to eventually do would be to extend my line a ways and not redo the whole system.... in the 18 years of living here 2-3 neighbors have had that done, they go to some kind of "lift station" setup.
Edited by dodge trucker, June 27, 2016 - 06:02 AM.