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SEPTIC DRAINFIELD FAILURE DIAGNOSIS
SEPTIC DYE TEST PROCEDURE
SEPTIC FAILURE SIGNS
SEPTIC INSPECTION & TEST GUIDE
SEPTIC LIFE EXPECTANCY
SEPTIC SUPPLIES & PARTS
SEPTIC SYSTEM DESIGN ALTERNATIVES
SEPTIC SYSTEM DESIGN BASICS
SEPTIC SYSTEMS, HOME BUYERS GUIDE to
SEPTIC SYSTEM SAFETY WARNINGS
SEPTIC TREATMENTS & CHEMICALS
SEWAGE & SEPTIC CONTAMINANTS
SEWAGE BACKUP, WHAT TO DO
SEWAGE BACKUP TEST & CLEANUP
SEWAGE BACKUP PREVENTION
SEWAGE CONTAMINATION in buildings
SEWAGE CONTAMINANTS in FRUIT / VEGETABLES
SEWAGE EJECTOR / GRINDER PUMPS
SEWAGE LEVELS in SEPTIC TANKS
SEWAGE NITROGEN CONTAMINANTS
SEWAGE PATHOGENS in SEPTIC SLUDGE
SEWER GAS ODORS
SEWER LINE REPLACEMENT
SINKHOLES, WARNING SIGNS
SMELL PATCH TEST to Track Down Odors
SOAKAWAY BED FAILURE DIAGNOSIS
SULPHUR & SEWER GAS SMELL SOURCES
TOILETS, INSPECT, INSTALL, REPAIR
ALTERNATIVE & WATERLESS TOILETS
TOILETS, DON'T FLUSH LIST
TRAPS on PLUMBING FIXTURES
TREATMENTS & CHEMICALS, SEPTIC
VIDEO GUIDES: Septic Videos
WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES
WATER SOFTENERS & CONDITIONERS
WATER SUPPLY & DRAIN PIPING
WATER, WELLS, WATER TANKS: TESTING GUIDE
WASHING MACHINES & SEPTIC SYSTEMS
WASTEWATER TREATMENT BASICS
WINTERIZE A BUILDING
Septic system D box installation, specifications, inspection, diagnosis, and repair: in this article series about septic system drop boxes we describe the best procedures for locating and inspecting, repairing or replacing the septic drainfield distribution box, or the "D-box" or "Splitter box". If the D-box is leaking, smells, or is tipped, clogged, or otherwise not working this article describes how to diagnose & fix the trouble.
This series of septic system installation, maintenance & repair articles discusses the Inspection and Reporting the Condition of Private Residential Waste Disposal Systems - or - Where Does it Go When I Flush? and ... Will We Meet Again?
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Definition of a Septic D-Box: a septic distribution box is a container used to receive septic system effluent from a septic tank and to re-distribute the effluent into a network of attached drain-field or soakaway bed absorption trenches & pipes.
The D-box works by gravity, flowing effluent into the drainfield (or leachfield) piping network.
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How far away from the septic tank is the dbox? - Kristin Clary
How far from the main tank is the D box located on average? - Fishass
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Reply: Distance from the Septic tank to the D-Box:
Kristin & Fishass: there is not a fixed distance from the septic tank to the distribution box; rather, its location depends on the space for and layout of the septic drainfield. But you can often get a fair idea where the D-box is likely to be by any of several means:
The following building code example specification for septic system distribution boxes is excerpted from SEPTIC DISTRIBUTION LINES, BOXES, TYPES, NYS-A.7 Effective Date: 12/01/90 Title: Appendix 75-A.7 - Distribution devices
(1) Distribution Box Design Specifications - the D-Box Specs
Continue reading at SEPTIC D-BOX INSPECTION
The distribution box (more than one may be in use) connects a single effluent line from the septic tank to a network of absorption system components such as drainfield leach lines or to a network of seepage pits or galleys.
Details are now at SEPTIC D-BOX INSPECTION
Question: are the pipes from the D-box solid or perforated?
Reply: It depends on septic drainfield layout.
Details are now at SEPTIC D-BOX PIPING
Reader question: I am being told that my D box is bad. When no levelers are in place all effluent runs into only one port.
Reply: Details about thorough inspection and diagnosis of Drop box problems are now at SEPTIC D-BOX TROUBLESHOOTING
Reader Question: water is leaking out of my distribution box. Should the lid be sealed?
Reply: Details about flooding, leaks and odors at the drop box are now at SEPTIC D-BOX FLOODING
Question: How to repair a bad D-box lid or cover
My D box lid has failed and the sides are starting to crumble.
Reply: Details about septic drop box covers have been moved to SEPTIC D-BOX COVERS
Reader Question: My d box is damaged, can I just eliminate it and plumb directly to the leach field lines?
Reply: yes but just in emergency - it's better to replace and set the D-box properly.
Details are now at SEPTIC D-BOX TEMPORARY REPAIR
Reader Question: What's the difference between a septic system D-box and a Splitter?
Reply: Basically there is no difference in function between a D-box and a Splitter box.
For details about drop box splitters and drainfield resting and recovery or Drainfield R&R approaches see SEPTIC D-BOX SPLITTERS
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Question: Repairman says hard water will ruin my water treatment system and drainfield
I have hard water and treat it with a culligan system. My neighbor had a title five and needed to have his D-box replaced to pass. The repairman said the whole street will have the same problem because of hard water will my treated water system help or hurt my system - Kevin 9/29/12
How do they test for Title 5?
And it doesn't quite make sense to me for your repairman to say that hard water will damage your water softener. The purpose of the water softener is to treat hard water. That's its job.
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