Cesspool vs. Septic tank

We're in the middle of fixing up our house and when I say "in the middle," I mean the other end is located somewhere in the 22nd century. It's a very nice house, but a lot of things are dated. This is what it looks like:

We had two cesspools and until recently, they were both functioning just fine. Well, unless you count the day my wife watered a spot directly above one of them...for a day or so. I count it, but don't tell her. Part of our lawn started to sink in. You might not think that's a big deal, but these stories from Fox News and 1010 WINS might change your mind!

On Monday, two guys from Lubbock came over in order to install a new septic tank! (we live outside of town, so we don't have the luxury of a sewer system) The guys stayed for about 45 minutes trying to figure out how they could do the most damage. When they couldn't figure out how to get under our house they then asked if they could rip up our porch. When we told them no, they left.

They came back on Tuesday and proceeded to tear up our entire yard. They spent the whole day finishing up the 20 minutes they had left. They cut the gas line and spilled some of the cesspool. So not only did we not have water, we couldn't use our air conditioner and it smelled. Here is what it looked like at the end of the day:

They came back on Wednesday and spent most of the day finishing up the 15 minutes they had left from Tuesday. They finally got everything hooked up correctly and the gas company came out and fixed the gas line. The last 15 minutes (actually 15 minutes) they tried to fill up the giant holes they made. By then, it was the end of the working day so they told my wife, "Um, we ran out of dirt, so if you could get someone from the dairy to bring some dirt and fill the holes that would be great." Here is what it looks like:

Now, basic physics should tell you that if you (1) dig a hole then (2) place something in that hole, the dirt you dug up should be more than enough to fill the remaining empty space. More importantly, common sense should tell you that my wife won't pay the bill until you finish your work, especially if you take water and an air conditioner from her for a day.


MStevenson said...

Nice pictures! That's too bad. Hope everything returns to normal soon.