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TOPIC: Green Septic Field

Green Septic Field 13 years 2 months ago #16611

Look at this picture carefully and try to determine where the septic field begins and ends.  Look carefully...  and you might just see it.

You are looking down a hill, and the slope is about 15 degrees.  It is a perfect place for a septic drain field, but this one does not seem to be percolating or draining properly.  Notice how dry the material around the field is, but not the field itself.

The spines of this system are running from where the photo is shot, and you can seel puffy "lines" (8 or 10) where the drain tile is located.  Something is happening that causes the effluent to move upward and feed the surface plants.  The bottom of the hill shows the most abundant vegetation.  I would call that lush!

A septic field should not look like a "green" roof!

My recommendation:  When you and your clients are looking at a house with a septic field, take the time to walk over the field.  If you see defined lines, notice any odors, walk on smooshy ground or see unusually lush vegetation, like above, there is a problem that needs further investigation by a qualified septic specialist.

You know the old saying:  "Effluent flows downhill!"  Or something like that...
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Re: Green Septic Field 13 years 2 months ago #16614

Hey that's just natural fertilizer!!!  lol

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Re: Green Septic Field 13 years 2 months ago #16630

Jay, how far from the house was the septic tank?

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Re: Green Septic Field 13 years 2 months ago #16643

The tank was within 30', and sent the effluent to a pump.  The pump sent it under a creek, up a hill and then distributed it to the field you see in the picture.  This field is 100 yards from the house.

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Re: Green Septic Field 13 years 2 months ago #16877

So does that mean "poop" does run up hill, or at least pumped

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Re: Green Septic Field 13 years 2 months ago #16880

Septic pumps are used all the time here, with two warning alarms, a primary and a back up, which will alert the homeowner to damage or failure of the pump.  Good thing!  And yes, they use them to pump the effluent up hill.  It arrives to this field in the photo, and the distribution point is somewhere near or to the right of where I am taking the picture.  You are looking downhill in the photo, approximately 30 yards.

So, yes!

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