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    We had a problem with our drains backing up and had Roto Rooter come. They snaked the drain to the septic tank and the water didn't go down but they charged us $400 anyway. They said the septic need to be pumped and we had that done which cost us $275. The septic tank company said that because the tank hadn't been pumped since we moved in 12 years ago that the leaching fields were plugged up with stuff that would have stayed in the tank if we had the tank pumped like we should have. Now they want about $15,000 to install new leaching fields which we can't get together right now is there anything we can do that can give us time?

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    Ive heard of guys jetting leach lines to restore them try this link to another forum you may find some useful info ! http://www.ridgidforum.com/forum/sho...ng+leach+field

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    I have jetted a couple leech lines and got them working again. I am not going to say it will work on yours but it might buy you some time.
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    we jet leech lines while using a pump truck at each d-box to remove any buildup we have had very good luck with this method sometimes that is all they need

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    we also use a terralift system which uses air injected styrofoam beads to fracture or fluff up th ground around the fields improving drainage here is an explanation

    http://www.assocproducts.com/terralift.htm

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    Jetting and TerraLift might offer temporary relief but your real answer is to add a second field if you have room on your property.

    If you set it up with a way to alternate the usage of the 2 fields you will find that without use the original field will rejuvenate and you will never have leaching field problems again with alternating use.
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    Sounds like your in a pickel? If your short on cash try jetting. You may want to wait to do this in August the hottest month of the year help dry your leach field after jetting and buy you a few years to save up for a new leach field.
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    Make sure you do not have a clogg between you septic tank and drain feild. It may to dig the rear baffle to see if it is broke. If so there is a good chance that the line leaving the tank is clogged. Also, when the tank was cleaned did water run back from the feilds? If it did they need to be fixed, if it did not then it clould very well be a clog.

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    The septic tank cleaner said that water poured back in from the fields when he pumped the tank. Right now we are managing to limp along using as little water as we can. Trips to the laundromat and so on. I'l probably have them try jetting the fields to see if that works until we can get enough money to redo the leaching fields. I assume the terralift costs more than jetting would is that so?

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    We have nener used a terralift. But I think it woud be more money. Ther is always a chance that one of your df are just clogged. After jetting add alot od bactria to the d.box. Good Luck.

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