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joseph
cedar box septic system

I bought an old cottage. The septic system is a cedar box about 15 feet from the house. I don't have the 10 000 to change it and would like to be able to keep it for another year or two. The water in the toilet slowly turns brown and smells after a flush. The level of the land has sunk about 12 inches over the septic and a gutter had been directed at and has been draining on top of the system. Is it full of water,full of shit, will it dry out? I have a thousand questions about this.

Kind regards
Joseph
Tremblant Quebec Canada

goldhiller
Re: cedar box septic system

Grab a spade....dig out the now completely rotted cedar box.........and replace with a 1949 Chevy coupe. Make sure the windows are rolled up before you backfill.

joseph
Re: cedar box septic system

It looks as though I am S.O.L....thanx anyway...how much for the 49 coup?//lol

A. Spruce
Re: cedar box septic system

Not a '49 Chevy, a '57 Belvedere! ;):D

goldhiller
Re: cedar box septic system

That thar is the problem. A '49 chevy coupe is far superior to a '57 Belvedere for this particular application. Any competent plumber would know this. :D :D :D

joseph
Re: cedar box septic system

How do you know for sure that the cedar box is rotten?? It flushes fine and there is no backup at all.
Joe

JLMCDANIEL
Re: cedar box septic system

Actually you don't want the cedar tank to dry out. I would say the first thing to do is get the tank pumped out. Then if you flush and the water turns dark and smells get your water tested. Divert the downspout away from the tank. Good luck.
Jack

JLMCDANIEL
Re: cedar box septic system

By the way, you might look into these Plastic Septic Tanks or These. If you could use them they are significantly less than concrete tanks.
Jack

joseph
Re: cedar box septic system

Thanks Jack. I just might have to install a plastic system. I will keep u posted. I have not given up quite yet on the other system.

Regards
Joe

goldhiller
Re: cedar box septic system

joseph,

How do I know the tank is rotted out? I don't. Was just having a little fun suggesting the Chevy coupe as a replacement.

However, I've never before heard of a wooden septic tank. I know it would never pass code down here and for good reasons.

JL is right though. First thing to do is to have it pumped and then I'd suggest a visual inspection of the tank interior. Don't stick your head in there and look around unless you're holding your breath. The gases will kill you in very short order. You could perhaps reach in with nothing more than your arm and a dig-cam to take pics and/or take a movie, but you'll likely have to supply some manner of auxilliary lighting to do the latter.

If the tank is currently full of "material", then pumping it should render some improvement.........in the short term anyway (until you run enough water in it that the tank is once again full). Reason I say that is because if the tank is completely full of solids.....then there's a good chance that the outlet to the drainfields is slugged.......and the drainfields may be suffering (or completely kaputt) from this onslaught of solids where no solids should be going. (Let's hope there is a drainfield of some manner)

I'd also be suspicious of the drain line from the house out to this tank. Hope it isn't cedar, too. It's likely either orangeberg, clay tile, cast iron or ??????? I'd do some investigating if it was mine and replacing if I found current problems or materials about to become a problem.

Is this tank or its drainfields situated near a well ? Near a lake?

Am curious. Must your septic system pass code up there before you can sell it again? Or will this thing simply be "grandfathered"?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: cedar box septic system

Goldhiller,
You have to remember that "Code" is a fairly new concept in a lot of areas. Around here I have seen every thing from 55 gal drums to farm bulk tanks used for septic tanks and yes even wooden ones.
Jack

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