I have had this house 7 years and had the tank pumped 3 times. It is an old system and at first we had too many people living here...Not now though & I have no idea how long it had been since being pumped. The first time he pumped it all out clean and knocked off the tee, said I didn't need itÖso I just have a straight pipe going into the tank. Well, the second time there was a hard layer of sludge and he basically knocked a hole in it and pumped what was beneath it. He said it was roots, although I didnít see any roots. The last time, just a few months ago was the same. He sucked out a hole in the sludge & just pumped out a lot of water. So, a layer of sludge was left in the bottom of the tank. A couple of months went by & the toilet has to be plunged daily. The only thing going to this tank is one bathroom. The shower & sink drain great. But, when you take a shower the sink gurgles and the toilet bubbles & will flush. The first time the system was backed up & you took a shower you were standing in ankle deep water, but now there is no water in the bottom of the tub, itís like it canít wait to get out of there.
Iím thinking first off, I shouldnít have let him knock that tee off. The second time I had to have it pumped it acted exactly like this, I thought it was the vent, but some folks on another forum convinced me it wasnít. I have added enzymes over the last few weeks, but, it hasnít helped. Does anybody know of something that will dissolve that layer or have any other suggestions?