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    Default Need septic tank/leeching pipe advice

    well i'm alittle embarassed because you city guys won't understand that things are different for people that live deep in the country, we don't have a city sewer system like you guys, lol.

    Okay, I live in a very rural area, you could say I live in the sticks, lol. anyways, My septic tank is right behind my house, underneath the ground obviously. It has about 500 ft. of 4" leeching pipe that goes out into a wooded area and is open on the end, letting drainage go into the woods. The problem is, my neighbor has asked me to do something about the drainage that's going into his woods.

    My question is.................since there is sooo much length with the leeching pipe (500 ft), and the pipe was laid on a bd of gravel, would I not be okay to just cap off the end of the pipe? Wouldn't that force the water to go through the holes in the bottom of the pipe? My septic tank is vented with a pipe running through the roof, so there shouldn't be a vacumm/air lock problem.

    I know that the water would probably build up some in the pipe if it were sealed off at the end, but shouldn't it eventually seep into the ground through the holes? We're not in a rainy area, I'd say we're probably average in national rainfall.
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    Hello,
    I am not a city folk by any means, but I have never heard of having the drainage pipe open on the end and having fluid running out into the open. I grew up on a septic system, I also have one now and the drain field has always been completely underground. So, if you cap off the pipe, it would just be like all the systems that I am familiar with. I would think that the water would be forced out the holes in the pipe. Maybe I am missing something here...I would like to hear more comments on this.

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    No septic drainage discharge or drainfield pipes should be above ground whatsoever. This system has been improperly installed.
    You can cap off the ends of the lines, but all lines need to be buried.
    If it were me, I would call out the Health Department to inspect the system, and recommend a proper solution. My guess is that that they will require a permit and inspection for you to bury the system under a certain amount of sand, maybe at least 18" or more.
    Good luck!
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    Think yourself very lucky the neighbor didnt call the county already. The last thing you want is to turn yourself in for a bad septic.

    May we assume that your system is on a slope and one pipe comes out to daylight? That may have been an inspection port-cleanout that someone opened and did not close. It may have been opened because the system was backing up and that "fixed" it. Or maybe the kids opened it.

    You have a lot of leach field, so just cap it off and see what happens. If your house backs up in a week or so you probably need a new system. THEN call a septic pro, and still not the county. Find out your options before getting big brother involved. How many lines of what length do you have? How old is the system?

    If the house backs up, however, you will probably need to open that cap again, and then your neighbor will get a shot of a few thousand gallons of effluent, so at that point he probably WILL call the county.

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    Not knowing the # of people using the home...if 500' of leach line is not enough to drain the water coming from the tank before it reaches the end of the 500' then I am going to guess that the field is in failure now.

    I would just call a pro or 2 in to inspect and tell me what was going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cass View Post
    Not knowing the # of people using the home...if 500' of leach line is not enough to drain the water coming from the tank before it reaches the end of the 500' then I am going to guess that the field is in failure now.

    I would just call a pro or 2 in to inspect and tell me what was going on.
    I would agree with this.... If the water has not soaked into the gravel bed by the end of 500' you are in failure already.

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