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Broken septic top
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Michele    Posted 10-10-2003 at 22:54:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The cement cap (2.5 feet by 2.5 feet) on the second box (dispersion tank?) of my septic tank is cracked and has fallen into the hole. the septic tank is still working fine, with a clean stream of water coming out of it into this now-open box. but the open box is filled with dirt and grass is growing in it. would it be ok if i just dug it out (how far should I dig?) and replaced the cap with some kind of plastic thing. do they make plastic septic tank covers? this one here was cracked by a cow standing on it.
thanks. michele

scott    Posted 11-21-2004 at 16:33:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
wanted to know if sched 40 pipe will go into a distribition box?

fredo.    Posted 10-11-2003 at 14:51:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
willie n i thought you put tars on your power wagon . you had tars left over?

SY    Posted 10-11-2003 at 04:26:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like the others have said clean it out then get a piece of 2" flagstone (stepping stone) at a mason supply yard to cover it.

Ron/PA    Posted 10-11-2003 at 03:12:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Michele, the other's are right, you really need to clean all that dirt out of the distribution box, and make a new cover. How far to dig? All the way to the concrete bottom.
The distribution box should only handle liquids, by having the dirt and grass in there, you are sending that stuff into the perforated leach lines. This will soon plug up the holes in these lines and POOF you will need a whole new leach field, which in today's eco-climate means a whole new system, $$$$$$$$$$$$$.
In our community, if you open the system for any reason other than pumping the tank, you are "SUPPOSED" to notify the SEO and have it inspected?? Yeah Right!!
I'd get it cleaned and covered, ASAP!
Try to guard it from damage when you're done. We put a bird bath on ours. That marks the location, and keeps people from driving on it, or cows from walking on it.
Good luck

toolman    Posted 10-10-2003 at 23:18:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
you should clean that out and get a cap on it as what i think your talking about is the distribition box and if you get a lot of dirt in it ,it can start pluging up the pipes in your drain field, you should be able to buy one from whoever sells septic tanks in your area or make up a small concert form the size you need mix some cement ,sand and water in a wheelbarrow ,and make your own, let it set for a day or so pull the forms and you got your lid .

Willy-N    Posted 10-10-2003 at 23:10:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is this the box that is about 2 1/2 ft square that the leach feild pipes go out of? They call that the distrubution box if it is. That box has a concrete bottom and you could clean it out to the bottom and just buy a concrete lid (big steping stone) to cover it. If it is the one on the other haft of the big 5 ft high septic tank it should be about 4 inches thick and a cow should not be able to brake it. That one you could put a peice of 3/8 Plate steel over it and it would last a long time if you tared it first. Mark H.

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