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Recently there begun some question about the discharge from our drain fields. The plumbing/septic people are asking about the specific locations.

There are (2) operating fields with (1) evidently plugged shut which has been out of commission for years.

We bought the house with the complete system already installed.

Question is: shouldn't this be on file with the city/permits somewhere?
Shouldn't there be a layout of the fields in relation to the way they sit on the lot?
 

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Recently there begun some question about the discharge from our drain fields. The plumbing/septic people are asking about the specific locations.

There are (2) operating fields with (1) evidently plugged shut which has been out of commission for years.

We bought the house with the complete system already installed.

Question is: shouldn't this be on file with the city/permits somewhere?
Shouldn't there be a layout of the fields in relation to the way they sit on the lot?
Yes, but what the plan says & what was built may be two entirely different things.

Try a sewer service company, we use Roto Rooter around here, with a camera to help locate things where they really are.
 

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Yes, but what the plan says & what was built may be two entirely different things.

Try a sewer service company, we use Roto Rooter around here, with a camera to help locate things where they really are.
One local company says they are not responsible for any damage...

Ever head of echo location?
 

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I wouldn't use Roto Rooter, it is a franchise company that pays it's people a straight percentage based on what they can sell the job for, the company collects a third no matter what the guy on the job quotes you, so they usually quote outrageous and work their way down in small stages, they are looking for the most bang for their buck as well.

Beyond that, I have little knowledge of septic systems, but a contractor with a camera is going to be a plus in solving it, I would look for someone that does mostly septic pumping and installation work, they are going to be the best at troubleshooting and solving the problem.
 

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Some surveys show them. Some original blueprints do. Look for a cleanout around the perimeter of the residence. The septic tank and drain field should be in that general direction. They sell "T'" rods at plumbing supply used to probe the ground. Once you find the septic tank you can then find the drain field.

Sometimes there should be an obvious open area, Taller greener grass.

Or find a reputable septic company and the should be able to figure it out for you. Care of your septic system is very important.

Good luck
 

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Recently there begun some question about the discharge from our drain fields.
There shouldn't be any disharge - around here that's a health code violation. Since half the leach field was already plugged, it has been running on basically double the design capacity of the good leach field. It can't handle the water load it's being fed - it may be a combination of partial plugging vs load.

Here's an answer to your specific question (down the page):

http://inspectapedia.com/septic/Septic_Drainfield_Location6.htm
 
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