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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 77
   Posted 8/20/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
The septic tank has stopped up - again. And I am in a small flare. Can't even think about using the toilets but I can't leave the house because I have to stay here and wait for the septic tank people to get here. Don't even have one scheduled yet and I have called all over town. One thinks he can come "before lunch" but hasn't called back yet. I am in pain and don't dare eat anything and I haven't eaten all day.
I never had a septic tank before. Last time this happened, I found out that paper towel do not break down. But I have had to use small pieces of them in emergencies since then. Could just that have caused this?  Does anyone out there know anything about septic tanks?
PS He's on his way.
Ulcerative Colitis since about 1976
Pan colitis since at least 1994
30 years with UC and never had a flare until MD gave massive dose of Magnesiun while hospitalized for bronchitis. Then was hospitalized a few days for moderate flare. No flares since.
No meds. 

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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 365
   Posted 8/20/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Ours backed up recently.  The problem with ours was the leach field had failed.  On top of that we found it to be an illegal leach field installed by the seller I bought from.  It is only about 40 feet long and they plugged the end pipe with a basically it didnt have enough capacity to handle all of the effluent water coming out....eventually it backed into the house...  for a few years it worked and actually leached out, but now it is junk....  I may be looking at a $25,000 bill for a new chlorination system or sand mound....New septic systems are getting harder to put in because of strict regulations and soil is all a bunch of "crap" if you ask me!
Few pointers:
1.) dont use a sink disposal
2.) try to run your showers and bathtubs, and washer to a separate "gray water" leach bed that doesnt go through the septic
3.) dont flush heavy paper towels or sanitary items
4.) get your tank pumped every year or so to prevent your leach bed getting backed up or clogged.
5.) always check your baffles for clogs before you assume the worst.  could be a simple fix.
6.) make sure your lid is above ground with a good riser seal to prevent ground water from entering.
Hope you have better luck than we did.
33 yr old male. UC for 14 years. 5mg pred (tapering off), 12 pills Asacol per day, Dicyclomine (for cramps), 0.5 - 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety) when needed, Fish oil pills, Culturelle probiotics. Recent Endonasal brain surgery to remove non-cancerous hormone producing tumor on pituitary gland (And I am still more afraid of my UC!!)  "I poop in the woods because I can"

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