Septic tank woes...

(4 Posts)
duchesse Sun 30-Jun-13 14:44:53

Does anybody have any ideas about our septic tank? We had it pumped out 1 month ago. It is a classic septic tank with a big underground chamber and 3 manhole covers. It used to do the entire house but now only has 1 loo, one shower (hardly every used), 1 hand basin and some rainwater going into it. The rest of the house goes into a more modern Klargester.

A few months ago the first inspection chamber at the actual septic tank (rather than the ones along the way) filled right up despite the fact the system is way oversized for the amount going into it. There was very little to pump out of the actual tank, but the guy heard something like a lump of concrete hit the inside of his lorry tank. After that it seemed to run fine. Now, one month later, we're back to square one- the inspection chamber and all the pipes upstream are backed up and full, yet the tank itself is, as you'd expect, pretty much empty.

Does anyone have any clues or tips? I just bunged a load of septic tank bacteria down the first inspection hatch. It doesn't actually smell at all though. Not sure what the problem is...

duchesse Sun 30-Jun-13 17:21:01

We think the best course of action is to call whatever equivalent there is of dynorod for septic tanks. They'll need to shove a camera down there to see what's causing the blockage. Does anyone know of any reputable firms in Devon?

Chromolithograph Tue 02-Jul-13 14:08:59

What happened, we've got a tank, love a good cess pit story.

duchesse Tue 02-Jul-13 14:53:00

Ah, DH gave it one last go with the rods and managed to clear the blockage. So no need to call any company and all running smoothly again. Hooray!

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