May 2018 Island Trip Day Six – Part 2
The entire day went down to the septic tank hunt, and ended in success. This was not my favorite way to spend a beautiful day…
After weed-whacking a wide path directly down the hill from the sewer pipe, I took a slim stainless steel rod and started hunting. My first hope turned out to be hard-pan. The second was the grey water pipe. The third hope was a rock. By now, I was most of two hours in, was tired and sweaty, and decided to take a break and hydrate.
Once inside, I searched for the phone number of the son of the man who built the house, knowing he lived on the Island during the summers. Bobby has always been a character and told me I was rescuing him from changing the spark plug that required him, in his 70’s, to lay across the engine of his truck. I told him my conundrum and he had two vital piece of information, having had a hand in building with his father many decades ago.
- Start digging where the sewer pipe comes out of the house, rather than looking for wet spots in the field, or tapping around with a rod, and,
- His father would have placed the septic tank as close to that house as possible. “Why use 100’ of pipe, when 20’ will do?” I found the clean outs 25 feet away from the house!