Mary Ann Asbill wrote:We also were sitting on a failing septic system a few years back. Our solution was to remove several sources of water going into the septic system. It worked! We removed:
- kitchen sink and dish washer
- 3 showers / 2 bathroom sinks
- washing machine
- and the sink in laundry room we use for cleaning vegetables, etc and other messy jobs
The toilets still go in the septic and one bathroom sink that was too hard to re-design. The gray-water goes out in one large line, downhill and then we can shoot it in three directions or just one of three areas at a time. We alternate the dump areas depending on rain, weather (at times the outside air temps and wind cause various suctions in the lines so we move them around).
Since we did the gray water line, we do not have any problem with the septic system. In one area, the drain field had bubbled up to the top of the ground. All we did was dump a whole load of wood chips on it and then topped it off with soil. Now, we just keep dumping wood chips in that area of the yard and so far it is OK. Six years this has worked.