This week, I've been noticing a problem with my household sewerage system, and I've been researching solutions. Unfortunately, you never really know what problems you have lurking underneath your lawn until you start digging, literally.
When we bought this house, we were told that we were on a rural sewer system, and indeed, I've been paying bills for sewerage treatment every month since I've been living here. I also knew that this house was built before the rest of the subdivision and had a treatment plant in the mix. When I bought the place, I assumed that when the rural sewer system came into being, that the previous owner had cut the treatment plant out of the system and had connected directly into the system. And, you know what they say about assuming. Yeah.
Turns out, the jazzbo who hooked the house to the rural system kept the treatment plant in the mix. He simply hooked the end of the discharge line to the system, so I've got a treatment plant that acts as a catch basin. When solids run into the tank, they settle out and let the water go through. And over the years, the tank has become completely clogged with solids, to the point where water seeps through, not really flowing, but simply seeping through.
Let's simply say that my Sunday morning has been very interesting, and very educational.