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Old 04-02-2009, 03:32 PM   #11
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I just finished digging up my septic and repairing it. The wife had been complaining about the smell ever since we moved in two years ago. I had been dreading having it fixed and the money I would have to spend doing it. It ended up costing me $850. The backhoe guy charged me $450 to dig it out and he was very helpful and knew all about septics. He dug up the tank and followed the drain lines until we found the problem. It was a collapsed drain pipe leading from the tank to the distribution box.
I had my honey dipper guy pump the tank to give me some time to fix it and still use our bathrooms. I then replaced the drain line with 4" schedule 40, installed a new 6" cleanout pipe and my buddy filled it back in with his Kubota. It's all good now.
I have pics of the whole process if you'd like to see. I guess you could call it pooh porn.
It's not as nasty of a job as one would think either. Even if you had to replace the entire leach field, I don't think it would be that bad.
That is cheap but you did do some of the work yourself but not thousands of dollars worth. I think it is like $350 just to have our tank pumped. One price, doesn't matter if it is 1500 gal of junk or 50, same price. Kind of sucks.

 
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Old 04-02-2009, 04:50 PM   #12
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Wow! It's $210 to have mine pumped. I think the cost of disposing the waste is a major factor.
I guess my point is that it doesn't have to be that expensive and it's not difficult at all. The area I live in isn't heavily regulated either and I'm sure that could make a big difference too. I asked the guy that was digging mine out if an inspector would see me and say something. He said don't worry about it. He's been doing poop tanks for 54 years.

 
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Old 04-02-2009, 05:23 PM   #13
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Wow! It's $210 to have mine pumped. I think the cost of disposing the waste is a major factor.
I guess my point is that it doesn't have to be that expensive and it's not difficult at all. The area I live in isn't heavily regulated either and I'm sure that could make a big difference too. I asked the guy that was digging mine out if an inspector would see me and say something. He said don't worry about it. He's been doing poop tanks for 54 years.
That could add on to the cost too if you hire a regular septic contractor. They probably would go the legal route on everything and need to get inspections too.

 
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Old 04-02-2009, 05:25 PM   #14
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Wow! It's $210 to have mine pumped. I think the cost of disposing the waste is a major factor.
I guess my point is that it doesn't have to be that expensive and it's not difficult at all. The area I live in isn't heavily regulated either and I'm sure that could make a big difference too. I asked the guy that was digging mine out if an inspector would see me and say something. He said don't worry about it. He's been doing poop tanks for 54 years.
I think if I recall correctly they told me they had to come up with a system design, have the design approved, then have inspections during the process. Don't really remember though as we didn't buy that house.

 
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Old 04-02-2009, 07:05 PM   #15
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Yeah, Gwinnett Co. regulates the hell out of everything in this regard. Already had to have the inspector out to design the layout of the new system, and he will have to come back out to look at it before it gets covered up again. Everything has to have permits. BTW, it was $700 to get the tank pumped here; of course, part of it was digging down to the tank, which is buried about 3 feet down. When I have to get it pumped again, I'll dig that hole myself!
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Old 04-02-2009, 07:28 PM   #16
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Good luck with all that. Sorry I couldn't be of help.
County and City gov't can be a real PITA when it comes to doing things around the house. One of the reasons I left the City.

 
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Old 04-02-2009, 08:21 PM   #17
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Good luck with all that. Sorry I couldn't be of help.
County and City gov't can be a real PITA when it comes to doing things around the house. One of the reasons I left the City.
thanks man, I really appreciate your thoughts. I just don't have the know-how, time and/or equipment to do it myself. I definitely would if I did!
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Old 04-02-2009, 08:49 PM   #18
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They are probably regulating the pumper too. We used to pay $60.00 a truck load to dump, now we pay $260 a truck load (2 tanks). The county & city also make us pay quarterly registration fees in the thousands just to run in their jurisdiction besides our state license and everything.

 
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Old 04-07-2009, 03:35 PM   #19
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Well, they came out yesterday and dug a huge trench in my yard. When tracked down where all the lines were laid out in the yard, they figured out there's not enough room to put in new lines. However, there were six lines total, but only 2 have been functioning for the past who knows how long. So, they installed spillover pipes from the two that were functioning to route the flow to the dry ones, and knocked $1200 off the price tag! We ran three loads of laundry and the dishwasher last night and had no ill effects. Sounds good to me!
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:32 PM   #20
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Well, they came out yesterday and dug a huge trench in my yard. When tracked down where all the lines were laid out in the yard, they figured out there's not enough room to put in new lines. However, there were six lines total, but only 2 have been functioning for the past who knows how long. So, they installed spillover pipes from the two that were functioning to route the flow to the dry ones, and knocked $1200 off the price tag! We ran three loads of laundry and the dishwasher last night and had no ill effects. Sounds good to me!
Glad to hear your problem is fixed.

As for the 4 non functioning lines, what happened?

Were they clogged, crushed, disconnected, not level?
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