Broken/missing outlet baffle
Here is a great shot from one of my customers. He had a digital camera setup onto a post and was able to get this priceless shot. You can see the hole leading out the tank. Now solids float, you can take my word for you, you don’t need to look.
Anyhow, it’s not really rocket science here. But solids will float right on out this tank and into the septic drainfield, or whatever component happens to be next.
Now this repair was not easy. The septic tank was 9 feet down under ground. With a nine foot access riser installed above the tank. It was 14 feet to the bottom of the tank, and there was no access to the outlet baffle from the outside the tank.
There’s only one way to fix this problem. Pump the tank out. Enter then tank, and repair the baffle.
Now I know what you are thinking. What a glamorous job, and how do I get started in it. ha ha. Let me just tell you, I ruined my clothes this day, because I simply forgot to suit up. Slight oversight. Oops
Repaired outlet baffle
Here is the outlet baffle repair. It is a sanitary tee, with 14 inch extension going down into the tank. This is where the tank will be pulling it’s water from. Now see, solids float and hit the tee, and cannot move through the system.
It is equally important to remember this. If your system has an alarm, it means your system is going to flood out. If it floods out, you will lose the functionality of the outlet baffle and solids will float up and in the tee.
Oh, and there is a polylok extend lock on this tee as well. Without this this repair would have taken hours to match pipes and what-not. I don’t want to spend that much time in this tank.
I need to be fast and efficient. I am 14 feet down in a tank, I just emptied. It’s kinda dangerous down there, my truck is running supplying me with fresh air to breath. I think I was down there for maybe 5 minutes.
Safety is key here, in and out. You can ask the owner of this tank. As he stated, I was a “bulldog” in and out, and get it done. Now his outlet baffle is working, protecting his drainfield.
Thanks for reading,