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#1 of 12 Old 05-17-2006, 04:24 PM - Thread Starter
 
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we have an appt. tomorrow to have our septic tank pumped but i cant find it! i have a location that has a small dip in it and dug there, but its not there. there are 2 other holes in the yard and we cant find it.
dh is at work and says we shoudl be able to locate it but he's not a good handy man, so him saying that just irks me (i can fix most things and can definitely use a shovel).
anyone have any tips? 30 ft. from the end of the house is not good either. i know where the leachfield is b/c of the color of the grass, but thats not wehre teh tank is.
does anyone know how far apart the tank is usually from teh leachfield??
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First of all, what kind of septic system do you have? Ours is aerobic, and for those, there has to be a tank thingy that has a really heavy concrete cover that can be lifted up so ya can drop in some chlorine tablets once in awhile....Mine is about halfway from the leachfield (does your leachfield have sprinklers?) to the house. We can hear our tank, too. It sounds like a hollow place w/running water in it. Hth some!

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i guess we dont have that kind, but i was never told to put chlorine tablets in it. 1/2 way between teh house and the leachfield makes sense. ill try digging there. so far my 15 yo has 3 holes in teh backyard and its driving me crazy!
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Does this help? It has a picture of both a conventional septic system and an aerobic one...

http://www.txowa.org/TOWA%20PR%20Bro...Apr%202003.pdf

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Most septic companies have a thing that will find the cover to your septic tank, it's like a metal detector. We thought we knew where ours was, but we were wrong! So, they found it for us. However, there was a $30 charge for that 'service' :

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Our septic is only 25 feet away from our house. We don't have the one w/ the concrete lead.
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man, i still cant find it. my yard is going to be a mess. Dh said they are going to charge betwen $50-100 to find and dig it. what a bummer....
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it was in teh stupid flower bed! can you believe!!!
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Really? Good grief. Did you find it or did the septic co? I hope you did!!!

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the septic guy did but i had called the guy who did our septic inspection when i bought the house, so he didnt charge us anything. but i still have 5 hole sin my yard!
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Well, at least you weren't charged! Sorry 'bout all the holes...

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Oh that sucks. The first winter after we bought this house we saw a circular place in the yard where the snow melted right away. We put a flat stone on it. That was where our tank was buried, about 8 inches below the sod.
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