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Septic/drain field
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Marsha    Posted 08-05-2003 at 15:09:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My house in the country now has a hill in the front yard! Due to high water table the field had to be contructed above the tank, which was level on the top w/ the surrounding land. There is a pump in the 2nd tank to pump the runoff UP to the drain field. The 1st electrical storm & the pump goes out!
My 'creative' problem is to keep the run-off when it rain from ending up back against the house & in to the crawl space. Retaining wall? Vegetation?
I can only see future problems not a natural front yard w/ flowers & ground cover.
Any encouragement or suggestions will be greatly rec'd. Thanks for letting me vent.

Taylor Lambert    Posted 08-06-2003 at 08:38:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have good drainage here but in Alabama where the clay is so thick it wont perc. I had a friend that built a greean house on a n enlarged sand mound. And when it over ran shed pump it into the green house full of exotic thursty plants. also she watered her yard with it via sprinlkers. In times of drought shed have the best lokking yard around. she now has 12 green houses and raises all her exotic plants there and her tank hardly ever fills.

Tom A    Posted 08-06-2003 at 03:15:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
My house has had the same setup for about 14 years now. Only problem was 2 years ago when the old pump finally gave out and had to be replaced, other than that it has been trouble free.

If you're in an area where the electricity goes out a lot, you might consider a battery backup or generator, but I really don't think you need to worry...the juice has to go out for quite sometime before the 2d tank will fill up enough to flow out. I think that would be an unusual circumstance. If you're really worried, the probably some slotted drain pipe installed underground is the way to channel the runoff where you want it. If you're patient you can do the work yourself...I use a shovel to dig the trench to put in the drainpipe around some of my buildings and can lay about 25' of it in a few hours (a day's work) without killing myself.

All-in-all though, this is a good solution when the land won't perk or the original drinfield has been ruined (as in the case of my old house).

The link I put below is probably the best, most complete info on septic systems you'll ever might find more encouragement there, too.
good luck,

Randy    Posted 08-05-2003 at 15:17:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Maybe a ditch next to the house with stone and a 4" pipe in it to put the water where you would like it to go. They sell the pipe in 100' rolls, probaly want the stuff with holes in it.

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