Back yard drain field/Wet

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We had a drain field put in our back yard. "Zoning" When we built it was all woods, the builder buried all the stumps out back. 26 years later the stumps settled and now we have a wet yard around the sepias tank and around a stump that wasn't grinded down. My husband thinks the drain field was damaged by the stumps. That the water is looking for another root. Does anyone know a easy cheap solution? Thank you and Happy Holiday!
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  • M. M.. M. M.. on May 27, 2018
    was this a buried underground tank? Sounds like it needs to be replaced, that there might be root damage or tank corrosion.
  • 2dogal 2dogal on May 28, 2018
    If you are talking about a drain field that was installed for the septic tank, you probably need a professional septic company to advise you what the solution is to level the low areas. You need a drain field for your septic. Adding dirt to the low areas will not resolve that problem as the drain field needs to be left alone. Talking with a professional to advise you the proper way to resolve this issue does not mean you need to hire one if you can do the work yourself. BTW: water doesn't go "looking" for a root. Roots look for water.
    • Sandra Hohenwarter Sandra Hohenwarter on May 28, 2018
      Sounds right to me Sal85902, Thank you for putting it in words I understand. Now to see what hubbie has to say. I must say this is concerning to me. As a terrible smell here and there. My husband said that the cigs butt flushed down the toilet over the year is one of the main, causes for it to clog. Now I read what you said to him!!
  • Sandra Hohenwarter Sandra Hohenwarter on May 28, 2018
    When I stated the water is searching for another root. Wrong choice of words. Sorry, what I meant to say, was the water is finding another flow, since the drain is clogged somewhere. And it is really wet straight across. I will do as you said

    • Deb4624224 Deb4624224 on May 28, 2018
      Have you ever had the septic tank pumped clean. That is something that should be done every 2 to 5 years.
  • 27524803 27524803 on May 28, 2018
    One possibility is that your septic tank may be full... due to putting non-biodegradable things down the drain.... like cigarette butts. You need to have a septic specialist look at the situation... and you may need to have the tank pumped out and the leech field re-done or repaired, or extended.
    As to the stumps... they do rot out, especially if covered with dirt... so once the wood was eaten away... a cavity or hole would be left for the soil cover to fall into.... creating a divot to fill with water...
    • Sandra Hohenwarter Sandra Hohenwarter on Jun 05, 2018
      Thank you Marty for your reply, it's worst then though. As there is actually a small stream flowing around the tank and on the other side of the yard. TY
  • Mogie Mogie on May 28, 2018
    With a septic system you have to be very careful about what you flush. When was the last time you had your septic tank pumped? Sounds like you need to call a septic professional to give you an accurate evaluation of this problem.
  • Sandra Hohenwarter Sandra Hohenwarter on May 30, 2018
    Thank you Debsawatzke,
    Yes has been pumped many times over the 26 years. I do not believe the concrete holding tank was damaged, however about 1 foot away is another white piping underground with a white cap. It small in size like a bread plate. There is also the same as this one about 2 yards back. The stump where it is very wet is about 2 city block or any underground piping showing. Thanks for your time.
  • Sandra Hohenwarter Sandra Hohenwarter on Jun 05, 2018
    The problem is not solved yet. However I will keep everyone updated. Thank you all for taking the time to help me understand this matter!
    Sandra
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