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post #1 of 29 Old 12-17-2013, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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septic tank questions?

I haven't pulled the lid to check the fullness of the tank yet(will do that after work today), but I might be having an issue with my 2 year old septic system.

On Friday night, and into Saturday, we got around 6" of snow. I got closer to 8" covering my yard because of how it falls in over the trees.
Anyway, I was walking across the yard last night(Monday), and noticed that most of the snow had melted around the septic tank lid. When I went over to take a closer look, I noticed that the ground was really wet and "squishy" around the lid.

I did a little looking online, and I believe the melting of the snow is normal, especially with how shallow my tank is. However, what I'm not sure about is weather or not the ground should be so soft.

The drains in the house are all working fine, and there is no odor around the tank, but I don't think the amount of snow melted should have made the ground "that soft". I am planning to pull the lid tonight to check the level inside the tank; Just wandering if I should be preparing for a big repair bill, or you think everything is normal??

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post #2 of 29 Old 12-17-2013, 07:48 AM
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Its melting is normal mine also does it. Mine doesn't get super wet but it is wet. I think its because there is so little dirt over the tank that the ground can't absorb all the water.

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post #3 of 29 Old 12-17-2013, 12:51 PM
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Poop is warm! You are fine.

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If nothing has backed up into the house id say youre good
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post #5 of 29 Old 12-17-2013, 04:30 PM
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Ever look at a man hole cover in the street it's the last place the snow sticks. Poop is warm, and as it decomposes it generates heat. Believe me if you stepped in it and it was squishy and didn't stink I'm willing to bet you ok, if it was over flowing you'd know it lol

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post #6 of 29 Old 12-17-2013, 08:14 PM
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I would go ahead and pull the lid off, stick your head down there and take a big sniff, just in case.
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post #7 of 29 Old 12-17-2013, 08:39 PM
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You do not have a problem. It's thawed and soggy near the tank, frozen everywhere else so the rest of the ground is not absorbing the moisture. Forget about it.
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post #8 of 29 Old 12-17-2013, 08:56 PM
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After two years your tank is going to be "full"....sooner actually. The tank fills, with water, not solids, then the water goes into your field tile. The solids break down, if the tank if working properly, but not 100%, that's why you should have your tank pumped like every three years. If the solids don't break down, because you pour grease/oil down the drain, or let condoms or tampons get flushed, they could make their way into your field,clogging it, causing your tank to back up and into your house. Checking your tanks in/out lines once a year to make sure they're clear is pretty easy. But as others have said unless the soggy ground you stepped in smells like sewage, it's just thawed ground, caused by the heat coming from the tank.
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you should have your tank pumped like every three years.
Never pump the tank in the fall/winter. Always pump it in the spring, unless it is an emergency. Then only pump 1/2 of it. You need the heat from the decomposing solids to keep it warm. If you pump it dry during winter, it will freeze up and then you'll have a bigger mess.
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I have a tank as well with about a foot or two of dirt on top of it , its never been wet so it sounds almost like a septic field (tubes coming off the main tank)issue to me.
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Well, for now at least, I think everything is working properly.
I pulled the lid on the tank, and yes, the tank is full of liquid, but is not overflowing. It was dark out, and I had to use a mirror and flash light to see anything, but the liquid level in the tank appears to be about even with the tank outlet.

I believe it's just a "thawed from the heat" issue. The top of the tank is only about 4 to 6 inches down, so there's not much above it to absorb the moisture from the melted snow.

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As long as the water level isn't above the inlet it's not backed up. Come spring I'd have it pumped, and do so every 3 years....it'll keep you problem free.
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A properly working septic system should not have to be pumped out. However many septics are old, and the leech fields get clogged so the tank cannot drain properly. Also many tanks break so they end up not draining into the field etc.
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A properly working septic system should not have to be pumped out. However many septics are old, and the leech fields get clogged so the tank cannot drain properly. Also many tanks break so they end up not draining into the field etc.
You don't have to pump them empty but pumping out the solids once every three years will keep you trouble free for a very long time.....maybe forever. Solids in your drain tile is what kills the system.
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You don't have to pump them empty but pumping out the solids once every three years will keep you trouble free for a very long time.....maybe forever. Solids in your drain tile is what kills the system.
If solids make it to the leach field pumping the septic tank won't help. I suppose if you pump it in time you could keep solids from the field. Anything that is solid and floats will quickly make it to your leach field.

According to our local septic guy Charmin and baby wipes, that are not septic approved, will plug up a leach field quicker than about anything else.

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