Our Sewer Overload Problems

Before I tell you about our sewer drama, I am going to start with an explanation.

I live in a rural community, so we don’t have access to a city sewer system.  You may be wondering, what happens to all of our waste water and poop.

At our house we have a septic tank.  Everything goes into the tank and there is a filter system that separates out the water from the solid material.  The water then goes through a system of field lines and into the soil.  The other stuff remains in the tank, which has to be emptied every few years.

(septic tank schematics – wikipedia.com)

Yesterday, Mom was taking a shower and the toilet (in another bathroom) started gurgling and water overflowed onto the floor.

That is a massive warning sign.  The septic tank was almost full and a failure to immediately address the problem would lead to disastrous consequences.

We called Mr Rotter and they were at the house within  an hour.  First, they had to dig down to the tank.  Then they pry open the concrete man hole and use a vacuum truck to suction out the tank.

When the tank is cleaned out, they replace the manhole cover and put the dirt back over the septic tank.

The dogs watched all of this commotion with great interesest and occasionally barked at the workers.

After the men from Mr. Rooter left, I let they dogs go into he backyard.  They were drawn to the fresh dirt, as if some invisible magnetic force was pulling them right to it.

They had a great time playing and rolling around in the dirt.

I guess you could say, yesterday was full of drama and fun.

10 thoughts on “Our Sewer Overload Problems

  1. At least you were at her me and able to fx it! Thanks fir the schematics. We don’t have a septic tank but recently switched to low flush toilets…which my own thoughts are they don’t give adequate flush but then we have 3 toilets to use so if perchance one gets blocked then there are easy ways to fix …husband Bob to the rescue…cheap, cheerful and on the spot service…and we are being environmentally savvy usung less water too.

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  2. Our disasters can be our dogs joy. I have a septic tank system, so totally understand. However, where mine is located, we were able to put PVC clean out pipes into the clean out covers that stick up slightly above ground. So, hopefully, when it needs to be pumped, they won’t have to dig it out.

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