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Odiferous Septic System

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Posted by Rocky on December 08, 2001 at 19:33:56 from (

We bought a small farm that has been a second home for three years. We installed a 1500 gal septic tank and lines. We are only at the farm on weekends mostly (usually two to four people). The tank and lines are not very deep and are in high clay content soil. When we have heavy rains and the ground is soaked (water standing in the fields), a strong odor eminates from the area of the tank and lines. Most of the area is grown over in weeds but I don't think the lines are clogged or backing up. I assume the problem is the clay in the soil. The county health inspector had us install a "curtain drain" around the lines. When the rains stop and the ground begins to dry there is no more oder. Obviously, I am a city boy and have no clue about septic systems. Is this odor common under heavy rain soaking conditions? Does the oder mean its time to have the tank cleaned out (with only weekend use)? Do I have a problem or one about to happen?

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