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Smelly septic system
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Darrell Scott    Posted 10-02-2002 at 13:51:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I recently had a new septic field installed due to failure of the old field lines . The original tank was used and all seemed to be o.k. for the first few days. I noticed that the soil was wet but not muddy around the new distribution box. The soil does not smell however. The installer said this was normal due to condensation within the box. He applied some sealer around the box lid but this did not help. But more worrisome is the smell I've noticed within 30 minutes of heavy water useage by my family of 4 (4 showers by 07:00). It seems as though the smell is coming from one or more of the roof vents. No smell seems to originate from around the distribution box,line to the d-box, main tank , or the drain field itself. The smell usually passes within a couple of hours after we stop our water useage. Any ideas?


FrlsFoz    Posted 10-02-2002 at 20:18:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your system sounds to be working correctly. With heavy use the volume of water/waste put in the tank displaces the same volume of sewer gas out the roof vents .Sooo lot of water = lot of gas.It's normal. What ever you do don't let any one talk you into putting in a "ridex" type product , that will kill the microbes that actually make your system work . Hope this is a bit of help, .....Foz


Swamp Yankee    Posted 10-02-2002 at 17:51:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
The roof vents are just that. 4 showers puts a lot of water in the tank and the roof vents relieve the pressure, also the vents are there so the traps don't get sucked dry when something is drained. I've put a lot of roofs on and sometimes you gag at the smell, times I just stuffed shingle wrapper in the pipe til I finished. Hope this helps.


Rootietoot    Posted 10-02-2002 at 14:01:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It sounds like something is partially clogged- either the line going from the house to your septic tank, or the one going form the tank to the drain field. Maybe something-dirt or Stuff-got in the line somewhere when the work was being done. I'd call the guy that did the work for you and ask him to check it out.


PAt    Posted 10-09-2002 at 09:05:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
OK..how about this one...we've noticed sewer smell in our bathroom(which is in front part of houe) and the outside front of house for the better part of 12 years..tank is 5 feet from front door..built in 1960..smell usually happans only in cool/cold months when im doing laundry..we were fine all summer. We have it pumped every 3/5 years(there are 5 of us). Our pumper says all is fine with the system, but let me tell you..it is getting embarrassing! Hate to have a new system put in unless it is needed Not much moolah around! Any ideas would be appreciated!


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