Morning progress

We’ve had a bit of progress regarding our septic pump problems so far.

This morning, bathing involved using basins, then tossing the water outside. Meanwhile, I did my rounds, as usual.

Check this out.

See that dark spot in the middle of the bird bath?

That’s water that isn’t frozen! πŸ˜€

Some of the water that got into the basement drained into the sump pump reservoir enough to trigger it. Which means that, outside, there’s a melted patch in the snow.

The cats like it.

Beep Beep tucked herself right in there, and Two-Face came over to investigate. Beep Beep didn’t like that!

Who won?

Two-Face won! πŸ˜€

I also called the septic company again. While talking to the guy, he asked where we were, including our driveway marker number.

I drew a complete blank. I couldn’t remember our own driveway marker number! I could sort of remember it, but not really…

Only later, when driving past it and looking, did I realize I had the numbers reversed. The cross road number is at the beginning, not the end.

Still, he had no problem finding us. He’s been here a few times before. I had time to drive my daughter to work, get some cash to pay him, and even start shoveling a bit before he arrived. Thankfully, that big, heavy truck can go through pretty deep snow without getting stuck, though I did shovel a couple of paths while I was there.

While he was pumping out the tank, I talked to him about what was happening. He could see no problems off hand. I even remembered to ask about the float, since one possibility is that the float was stuck, but it was working fine.

So that is all done.

I later went into the basement, which is drying quite nicely right now. One of the things I noticed last night was that the old laundry sink was full of water, so I made a point of checking it.

Sure enough, it was slowly draining.

Gosh, that’s disgusting.

Now, with the tank empty, we actually need to get water in there for the weight. While I was downstairs, my husband flushed the toilet – and I saw water burbling up into the sink!

Nothing came out of that pipe, though.

So what it looks like is that water first started backing up into this sink, while the laundry was being done. Then, when it filled to a certain point, it started backing up out of the pipe, instead.

If there is a clog causing this, it’s somewhere near the pump.

But why would a clog in the pipe cause the pump to stop working? It gets triggered by the float outside.

I don’t know, but when my brother gets here to replace the well pump, we’ll be able to look more closely.

Fingers crossed, it’s just a relatively minor fix that we can take care of ourselves!

The Re-Farmer

5 thoughts on “Morning progress

  1. Putting my troubleshooter hat on… I have this correct?

    The waste water flows by gravity from the sinks/toilets/showers/washing machines into the first half of the septic tank. The water then flows into the 2nd half of the septic tank. When the water in the 2nd half of the septic tank rises enough, it triggers the float switch to start the pump to move water into the septic field?

    I’ve also seen systems where water flows into a small tank dug into a hole in the basement and a pump then pumps water from there into the septic tank. This gets used where the top of the septic tank is *above* the sinks/toilets in the basement and works the same way as above..when the water level gets high enough, the pump turns on….

    If the system is as described in the first paragraph, I could see where a clog in the pipe leading to the septic tank would cause the water to overflow, but not trigger the pump to move water into the septic field…because the water level in the 2nd half of the septic tank can’t rise because of the clog.

    I’m guessing everyone will want clean hands to work on the well pump and then it’ll be “the dirty work”. πŸ™‚

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