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A new leach field

Postby Peter Person » Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:12 pm

After 25 years of toilet flushing, showers & baths, laundry, dish washing and whatever else went down the drain, our leach field finally gave up. Not bad considering 5 children, all home most of the day since we homeschooled them. Thankfully we don’t need an engineered system, though it was very close. We have a high water table for 2 months of the year, March and April. Otherwise water disappears through 20’ of sand quite fast.
Had we needed an engineered system, the cost would be a whole lot more and it would have gone where our garden is.
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Re: A new leach field

Postby Bob McCarty » Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:18 pm

Peter, our 30 year old concrete tank had to be replaced last year, as the outlet was starting to breakdown. Fortunately the piping was still okay so it wasn't too bad.
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Re: A new leach field

Postby dgrapes59 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:32 pm

I had to replace the system at my place in Nebraska last year. My grandpa put it in his self in the early 60's, what appeared to be a couple hundred gallon metal tank and a small leach field. The tank rusted and started to cave in, but it never had any issues and was never pumped :shock: The New system had to be moved away from the well and required a 1,000 gal tank (he had a 1,500 gal on hand for the same price) and 180' of leach field. So, with about 4 weeks a year use, should out last my grandkids!

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Crazy thing is that system cost less than a fourth of what the elaborate mound system we had to install when we built our house 4 years ago.
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Re: A new leach field

Postby Eugene » Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:17 pm

Laws supporting health and safety are good.

Hole opened up in my mother yard. Scraped off the top of what was a "septic tank". Jack hammered the top off the cement septic tank and filled it with a yard of dirty gravel. Don't know where the outlet went because the house was about 50 years older than the town's sewage system.

Father sold the farm property years ago. Early plat books showed a well in what was a pasture when my grandfather owned the property. Well was at the bottom of a small dip/valley. Apparently the well had filled up with silt over the years. Not suppose to happen today.

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Re: A new leach field

Postby BigBill » Tue Aug 25, 2020 6:15 pm

Before we purchased the new place the home inspector and the septic guru of poop found the baffle in the top of my septic tank was rotted away. The seller did $15k of different repairs plus other repairs before I purchased the place. We took out the single pane 1957 windows and installed double pane windows. Really saved on the oil bill. We heat with wood the oil is backup.
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Re: A new leach field

Postby Stanton » Wed Aug 26, 2020 6:16 am

Bob McCarty wrote:Peter, our 30 year old concrete tank had to be replaced last year, as the outlet was starting to breakdown. Fortunately the piping was still okay so it wasn't too bad.


Ours will be 26 years old this October. It's a 1000 gallon concrete unit. A couple years ago, our septic guy told me a spot in the top was down to about 2", so will need to replace soon.

dgrapes59 wrote:I had to replace the system at my place in Nebraska last year. My grandpa put it in his self in the early 60's, what appeared to be a couple hundred gallon metal tank and a small leach field. The tank rusted and started to cave in, but it never had any issues and was never pumped :shock: The New system had to be moved away from the well and required a 1,000 gal tank (he had a 1,500 gal on hand for the same price) and 180' of leach field. So, with about 4 weeks a year use, should out last my grandkids!

Crazy thing is that system cost less than a fourth of what the elaborate mound system we had to install when we built our house 4 years ago.


You're right about the poly tanks--should outlast us all. That's what we're looking to do.
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Re: A new leach field

Postby KETCHAM » Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:38 am

I have 2 tanks box and leach field....was done just before I moved into my house.....1 person...just me...had a guy come out to pump it ...he said why??? Must be doing something right....13 years now...can be real expensive depending on your area.....all conversations turn to poop!!!!
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