So now my septic and leach field are in trouble
I live where the water table comes up to my knees (not literally) in the winter. It does not perk. Period. But there is no city sewer here, so we are on well and septic. The septic tank was here when we bought the property in '79 -- redwood -- and is now pretty much just a hole in the ground. And, when I had it pumped last week it was full to to the top which leads to the conclusion (since it hasn't rained in months until a few days ago) that the leach field is shot.
Big question is: if I were to intall a new and very large tank would it/could it at least postpone the need for me to dig in a new leach field? I have no idea where on 1/2 acre I am going to put it anyway, but I'm thinking that if the tank is much bigger than needed then the job the field might have to do would be reduced to almost nothing? Does this make any sense? Currently there are three people using the septic (almost no grey water goes into it), and if necessary I can reduce the population by at least one....maybe two and it would only be me.
Also, there are three houses/cottages on the property. Two use this septic. One has its own. Can two septics be routed into the same leach field?