Pump the septic before it blows up like the well pump. I really like that sentence. I’m going to ruin it by writing two more after it.
My mom told me this story about a family of seven in Poland that all fell into their septic and died. She tells me this after I open the septic door to have a look inside. Having never done this before I am happy to be alive.
- a shovel
- a broom
- a probe of at least four feet
- a Google search for a pumping service
- grass seed
- Find the septic tank. This is easier said than done. In particular if it is deep like mine, you will need a good idea where it is and a good long probe to find it. If you can get someone to tell you where it is and point it out to you all the better, I dug four holes at random (never deep enough) without any luck.
- Once you find the tank dig dig dig dig dig dig.
- Dig Dig dig some more.
- Digging sucks.
- When digging, throw the dirt in some place that is not going to be where you are going to be digging next.
- When you’re done digging and found both the close door (solids) and the far door (liquid), call a pumping service.
- Pumping doesn’t take that long. Gethons Pumping Service advises roughly five years for two people, and two years for four or more.
- I recommend risers (about $100) so that unlike me you don’t have to dig it up again in about two to five years. Since I am in the midst of putting in the bathroom and paying fo ra surprise well pump, I decided to put it off this time.
- Bury it up. Tamp some ground.
- Fertilize and reseed.
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