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Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Under a Hemlock in the rain
Re: Plumbing Issues
from your description of the mens room being used and the womens room not, and you put the commode in the womens room, i would suspect that it had problems before as noted above. i would also suspect that the two bathrooms may have different septic systems. as stated above, the "old school" way of doing things was to have the grey water (sinks, showers, washers) go into a drain field directly and not have a tank. also the "old school" way of doing a crapper was to just have a pit for the toilets that may or may not have a drain field. as noted above, open it all up and see what is what. not a hard fix, just labor intensive. however, depending on local codes, you could have issues doing it legally. seeing as its a camp, if its in a remote area, i would do a little "midnight plumbing" and fix it right. if you have nosey neighbors who want to cause you problems though, you need to be careful. all these regulations requiring sandmounds and such are overkill for most camps. a good old fashioned septic tank with a good drain field, located a good distance from your well head is plenty sufficient for most camps. but getting a repair permit could really open a can of worms. but as stated above, you gotta open it up and see what you're dealing with first.
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