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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-15-2011, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Septic question.

Have land in lycoming county that will not perc for an a standard in ground system, only a sand-mound. Can I bring in some topsoil (from other parts of my property or elsewhere) and let it sit for a few years and then have it perked? We plan on building on it in about 4-5 yrs. Is this legal? Will I save money?
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Re: Septic question.

I would wager you're pretty much stuck with a sand mound.

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Re: Septic question.

I may be wrong, but I think you can recontour/slope, but you must wait seven years, but they will never give you conventional in-ground, thats a rarity today, I think Denny is right about the sandmound, but they are no big deal, just ugly.

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Re: Septic question.

There has not been a "conventional" leach bed system installed anywhere around my Tioga Co. camp in the past 15 years, that I know of?

Any upgraded systems have all been sand mounds. All new ones, same deal.

One of my cousins did get a pass several years ago, when he wanted to put a trailer down back of his house for his parents. It's a "conventional" system, installed about 40 years ago.

The sewage officer inspected the system, didn't find any problems with it and allowed the extra dwelling. He made them pump the tank and checked it, decided the tank was big enough and the bed was working fine. Thing is, there was another trailer down there years ago, with no problems, when his oldest daughter got married and moved a new trailer in for several years..

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Re: Septic question.

I think the soil mottling line needs to be at least 4 feet. Thats A LOT of soil. The money and time spent doing that makes it better to just install the mound system.

If it was approved for a sand mound maybe they could issue a privy permit if it won't be full time.
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Re: Septic question.

Rare to get a conventional system anymore.
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Re: Septic question.

Last one I can recall in the vicinity of my camp, was just over the line in Potter several years ago. And that caused many to chuckle.

A farmer's son wanted to spot a new double wide on the farm, when he got married. Their land straddles the county line in that area, but the original site chosen, was in Tioga. It's a fairly flat area, high and dry and not far from the paved road, along the lane that goes back to the main farm buildings and his parents' house.

The Tioga sewage officer rejected a leach bed system, based on the perc and specified a sand mound, which is now the norm in our area and has been for many years. Apparently there is no longer any tract that will pass the test for a leach bed system, based on what I see?

His dad called for a perc test farther to the west on that same tract, in Potter. A "normal" system was ok'd for that location, so they toted both halves of the double wide a coupla hundred yards west and there it sits today, in Potter.


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It's only a mound if you construct it and leave it that way, nothing that I am aware of would stop you from using that fill and topsoil to backfill the mound to a more attractive equal grade level that you can construct your building on.
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Re: Septic question.

The inquiry had to do with adding a layer of soil, in the hope that eventually that layer of soil would pass perc for a conventional system.

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Have land in lycoming county that will not perc for an a standard in ground system, only a sand-mound. Can I bring in some topsoil (from other parts of my property or elsewhere) and let it sit for a few years and then have it perked? We plan on building on it in about 4-5 yrs. Is this legal? Will I save money?
Thanks for any info.
Yes, and probally not. There are alternatives to a mound in your yard but you'll have to rephrase your question.
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