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Ladyhawk    Posted 09-20-2003 at 18:06:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have you ever had to find a septic tank before? That is what i did all afternoon. After searching for an hour, I had to call a company to come out. They put a camera down one of the pipes from the roof that connected to a pipe that is suppose to lead you to the septic. After finding the tank we had to dig about 3 feet down and covered about 5x5 ft. to find the lid. Those cameras are amazing. But we found it my question is how do you find the leachlines, if any?


Taylor Lambert    Posted 09-21-2003 at 12:07:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I go to put in leaches or remove a tank I make a T probe out of a sharpened rod and a t handle. The health department marked one for a lady and had me dig it but they had marked it wrong and i caved the top in with the dump truck. THe leach lines usually you just look for darker lawn grass ridges in the yard, and watch the lay of the land as they are usually put in the more level part of the yards.


nick    Posted 09-20-2003 at 22:57:24       [Reply]  [No Email]

HAVE YOU TRIED YOUR HEALTH DEPARTMENT? THERE SHOULD BE A DRAWING ON RECORD OF WHERE YOUR TANK AND FIELDS ARE LOCATED FROM YOUR HOUSE. THAT IS HOW I FOUND MINE, IT TELLS ABOUT HOW FAR DOWN AND THE DISTANCE FROM THE HOUSE.


Hal/WA    Posted 09-20-2003 at 22:15:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
The easiest and cheapest way to find a septic tank is to wait until it snows or there is a heavy frost. Then just look for a more or less rectangular spot where there is no snow or frost.

But you have already found the tank. The camera method sounds neat, but was it costly? If not, the way I would locate my drainfield lines would be to get them out again after you have dug down and located both the inlet and outlet sides of your septic tank. They would probably appreciate it if the tank had been freshly pumped out, so they do not have to deal with fresh sewage. I don't know how well the operators can maneuver the cameras, but I would think that they could at least locate a distribution box. Maybe digging at that location could direct you to the lines. Whatever you do, some digging will probably be needed. Good luck!


Red Dave    Posted 09-20-2003 at 18:19:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
You may be able to find them by probing with a 4' long piece of 1/4 diameter rod.
Last year (2002) it was so dry around here, you could see where ours were by looking at the lawn for the patches of green grass among the brown;)


Les    Posted 09-20-2003 at 18:17:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I bet a backhoe would turn something up in short order.


Ladyhawk    Posted 09-20-2003 at 19:11:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey a backhoe sure would. I am however not interested in tearing up the entire yard looking for them. Just wondering if someone new of a way to locate them. Nothing on record anywhere. grrrr.


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