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Plumbing problems are no fun but everyone has to deal with them sooner or later. It happened to us Memorial weekend. Our septic tank decided to take a crap, literally.

We finally made reservations to take a vacation, I was doing last minute laundry and all of a sudden I was showered by the overhead pipes in our basement. The toilets and sinks were not giving us any trouble so I could not understand what happened. I live in a rural area and we have a septic tank instead of a public sewer. I called our local septic pumping company for help. I was told if I exposed the lid to the tank I would save money. The cheapskate that I am I went to the shed for the shovel.

I remember pumping once before so I had an septic field was located. The ground was moist after a recent rain so I found a long dowel rod and pushed it into the ground until I felt the solid concrete lid. It was located about 18″ under a thick layer of grass and part of my freshly weeded and mulched flower garden. I dug around the lid and called the plumber for an appointment. It was my lucky day! They had an opening for that same afternoon. I visited You Tube to prepare myself for what was to come. One of the videos I watched showed another opening between the large lid and the house. This clean out may be clogged, so I dug around more and found the smaller lid. Then I waited. I was curious to open the lids but was afraid of what I might find.

My septic professional finally arrived and opened the large lid first. Phew! It was full to the brim! He pumped out the water and sludge from the bottom of my tank into his truck for proper disposal. I was amazed at the size of this huge hole in my backyard. He checked out the small clean out and everything was okay there. We chatted while he pumped. I asked how often septic tanks should be pumped, he recommended about every 2 years. He was proud of me for digging out the lid. Well, it turns out there is another clean out between the large tank and the septic field where all of the excess water runs. He was concerned that there was a problem there because my tank was so full. It appears my water had no where to go. He opened the second clean out and tried pushing a hand rodder through the pipe. I knew we were in trouble when the rodder hit something solid and would not enter the pipe. We had a collapsed pipe.

If we did not fix it right away, we would have to have our tank pumped every 1-2 weeks. Hiring him to do the job was out of the question, so my husband and I decided to tackle this job ourselves.

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