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Adventures in Septic Systems

Posted by Carol on May 16, 2009

As they say, “The grass is always greener over the septic tank”.

But, that is a little misleading. The grass is actually greener over the septic field where all the, uhm, fertilizer, ends up.  But it is the blasted septic field that causes all the problems when a good septic system goes bad. It becomes saturated over years and years of use, and a new location for the septic field must be found. Presumably on your own property. Your neighbors will not usually be willing to take on the responsibility of your new septic field, as much as you might like to beg them to, nor will your town allow it.

The typical life of a septic system (at least in NJ) is about 25-30 years. Ours is 33 years old. So it is time to bid a fond farewell to a system we have used and abused over the years. And are paying several years of college tuition money to replace for our potential new homeowners.

If they’re reading this: You’re Welcome.

Without further ado, here are some before and after pics. Just in case you ever have to replace yor septic system, you can see what joy you have to look forward to!

septic system 003Hi! That’s me sitting in the driver’s seat of the back hoe which they dropped off the evening before the carnage was scheduled to begin. Notice my blissfully ignorant smile and “thumbs up”. If I had only known what was to follow the next day…

septic system 001This, my friends, is the Promised Land. The chosen location for the new septic field.

septic system 014See how green the grass is over our current septic field.

septic system 013Here’s a closer look before we say goodbye to this beautiful green grass. Because…

septic system 015Here is the old septic field after they drove the back hoe (that I was sitting in blissful ignorance upon in the previous picture) across it to get to the Promised Land.

septic system 017

Here is a closer look. Notice all the absence of beautiful green grass. Oh wait, there’s a little in the lower right corner. My bad.

septic system 006See those innocent bushes and shrubs. They have no idea what is to come. They must be moved so that the back hoe can get to the Promised Land to install the new septic field. Some will not survive the day.

septic system 009Yeah. Here’s the after picture. The shrubs have been moved. We will try to keep them watered and safe until they can be replanted next week. I think they will need some prayers.

Well, that’s all for now folks. Stay tuned for the next installment of “Adventures in Septic Systems”.

Next time…”Let the Digging Begin!”


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