I live 20 miles south of Chicago, and we got about 6 inches of rain that came from the huricane that struck Galviston. Since then I've noticed that there is a wet spot in my yard that is over the field tile leading from my septic tank and going down hill, the wet spot is about 5 feet long and 2 feet wide, it constantly stays wet. Could this be from all the rain, or is that just a coincidence, and I have a broken field tile? So far the septic tank has'nt backed up into the drains or anything like that. If it's a broken field tile , is it a simple matter of digging up the ground and exposing the broken tile, and replaceing it, or is there a lot more to it than that, Im not very knowledgable with septic tanks, and field tile systems. Any info will be greatly appriciated.
You have had a huge rainfall and flooding...
Go easy on the water usage and wait n see what happens when the ground dries out.
I thank you guys for the info, your answers make me feel a little better. Earlier, I spoke with the nieghbor across the street who was here when the original owner of my home built it, he told me that the guy who built my home was in the septic tank buisness, and because he had nine kids, he put three lines going out of the septic tank, and that there is a lot of junction boxes, and lines running on my property. He told me that he doubted that a field tile was broke because if they brake it's useually in the earlly spring, he told me that his first thought would be a blocked junction box. Does any of that sound right, at any rate Im gonna take your advice and watch it for a while and see what happens, hopefully the wet spot will dry up and go away. I guess the reason this is so scary to me is because I don't know much about septic tanks, and septic fields, one more thing, my well is about 175 feet from the wet spot, should I be concerned about it seeping into the ground water? Thanks again for all the advice I really do appriciate it.
Thanks so much for all your help, my well is 150 feet deep, but they got water at 50 feet. This week-end Im gonna find out just where the lines and distrobution boxes are, it's something I as a home owner should know. I just hope this problem goes away. Thanks for everything.
sewer water is strictly governed by gravity. It CANNOT flow up to the surface of the ground UNLESS the sewer is obstructed beyond that point, and the water is backed up to that same height elsewhere in the system to give the hydrostatic pressure to force it to the surface. Therefore, it is probably standing incidental water.
Along with this service I'd also suggest getting an effluent filter installed in order to reduce this possibility in the future. The guy that pumps the tank should be able to put this in. If he can't call someone else.
That particular filter looks and feels like a large "bottle brush", it is relatively inexpensive and it can be easily pulled, sprayed clean and reused many times.