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Septic Problem
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4BEATG8    Posted 07-30-2002 at 05:30:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We are planning on converting our 36 X 24 garage into a mother-in-law apartment complete with bathroom, kitchen and laundry room. The problem that we are running into is that the garage is below grade from the septic tank. We are concerned about two problems: 1) getting the waste from the garage to the tank and 2) keeping the waste from our house from back-flowing into the line to the garage. Any suggestions???

Nathan(GA)    Posted 07-30-2002 at 12:21:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Build the bath/kitchen on a raised floor. Then she'll have a sunken den.

UHHHH, WAIT A MINUTE,,,, RON/PA.    Posted 07-30-2002 at 11:59:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Be sure that the 30 gal tank is going to do what you need, I installed one of them for a customer and after a 20 hour power outage, they had sewerage backin up from the upper tank, because the check valve didn't hold and the pump couldn't run.
I have since replaced that tank with a 1000 gal septic tank, and I set the pump switch very low, that gave some breathing room in case of an emergency.
Just some thoughts,

Bill    Posted 07-30-2002 at 07:53:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just installed the same system that you are wanting to install. Don't go to all that expense for a lift station.
Go to a plumbing supply house. They sell a sewage ejection system complete with barrel and pump. You need to know how high of a lift you have, how many feet you'll be running to tie into the septic system (don't need another septic tank.
I installed a 3/4 hp pump, 30 gallon barrel, 180 feet of PVC 2" scheduled 40 pipe. My total cost was $431.00.
If I can be of help, e-mail me. I am a plumber and A/C man.
Lots of luck!

4beatg8    Posted 07-30-2002 at 10:26:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the suggestions. Lift is only 1' and run is 110'. Just looked into the pump system that Bill mentioned. The pump is $315 and a back-flow valve is $35. Alot cheaper than a lift system or a new septic.

buck    Posted 07-30-2002 at 06:15:25       [Reply]  [No Email]

Add a septic tank at the garage draining to a lift station and pump though a 1 1/2" or 2" line to your existing distributor box. The backflow valve at the new pump sould prevent backflow from your present system but to be safe and if grade permits route the line from pump upgrade and back to the distibutor box.On a being cheap note I used a 69 dollar sump pump in one of these systems for years. Of course it is like all else the local law is probably going to dictate what you going to be able to do. Good luck.

DHunter    Posted 07-30-2002 at 05:54:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
About the only two options that you have would be to install a new seperate septic system for the garage or install a lift station for the garage. The cost for the lift station is going to be very high.

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