septic tank back-up?

sunnymonkeySeptember 28, 2008

i noticed a really awful smell when i went down to the basement today. quick investigation revealed that the bathroom down there was flooded. the sink, toilet and tub had black water in them too. does this mean my septic backed up? the septic alarm did not go off.

the septic tank was pumped a month ago or so. my uncle said that it is possible that the septic float (?) could have been messed up during the pump process. Does this sound right? we've never had a problem with the septic before. there are no running toilets or anything.

i'll be calling the septic company tomorrow morning. i'm sure they'll say it's not their fault. how can i prove it is IF it is?

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davidandkasie

sure sounds like a backup to me. as to whether this is their fault or not, who can say. septic tanks are pumped dry of liquids and solids, but within DAYS they fill back up 100%. they must be full to work. the reason for pumping is that when they get overfull of solids the lines can no longer drain.

i wonder if your field drain lines were clogged, you pumped it, then when it filled back up it backed up again.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2008 at 8:52PM
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annzgw

Since this problem is in a basement, any chance you have a sewage pump failure? It's not a pump in the septic tank but a pump that carries the waste 'to' the septic tank.
It should have had some type of alarm!

    Bookmark   September 30, 2008 at 11:15AM
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sunnymonkey

Thanks for your responses. It turns out it was a clogged main pipe from the house. I watched as they snaked it out and all the liquid came pouring out of the pipe from the backed up tub and toilet. Guess it was just a coincidence that it happened soon after I got the septic pumped.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2008 at 11:24AM
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bus_driver

What prompted the pump-out of the septic tank?

    Bookmark   October 5, 2008 at 8:33AM
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