advice on old septic & leach field
We are still living in the only house we've ever bought. Lived here 16 years & never pumped septic. Rural area & don't think it was done before we bought it. Over the years we've had problems & I think has to do with the magnolia, cataba, & mimosa trees a few feet from the tank. Tank is about 5 feet from house. Leach field is about 100+ feet further. There is an access road going over it that we suspect has crushex the pipe. 2 or 3 years ago my husband uncovered the tank. & took 1/2 the lid off (other 1/2 fell at a slant in tank. All this time its been oncovered so there's sticks & leaves. It has flooded the area beyond it so the ground is boggy & gross. We don't mow or go anywhere near the area.
I want to cut the trees down. Also pump the tank & try to get that ground dried up. We don't have a lot of money but want it done right. Will they pump with all that stuff in there? Realize may have to get another tank & redo lines to leach field. Concerned with getting inspectors involved. Never had the mobey to fix the problem while small but now that its large & a health hazard, we need to do something. Do we do now or in colder weather?