Draining problem

Old 07-21-17, 10:56 AM
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Draining problem

The drain pipes were cut from the washing machine and the kitchen sink going into a dry well. They empty on top of the ground next to the side of the mobile home and the water does not drain. The water is always there, it accumulates from the rain too. It doesn't look good. What are the dangers from this? The consequences? Any suggestions for improvements? It's my mother's mobile home and she is elderly. I'm her daughter, I'm trying to help her fix things my uncle did. I can send pictures. Thank you.
Old 07-21-17, 02:43 PM
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In most places, water from a sink & a washing machine is supposed to go into a sewer line not a dry well. In other words, it's supposed to go to where the toilet water goes. Who did all the cutting & why? Post the pics that you mentioned.
Old 07-21-17, 02:54 PM
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Gray water is / was permitted to drain to daylight once upon a time, and it may still be legal in some areas where there are no codes. It was done to reduce the volume going into a septic tank and drain field.

Other than the smell, mess, and environmental issues it isn't harming anything. Not sure what you would like to do about it.
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You may need to regrade the land so water does not lap up against the home.

You may want to put a small amount of oil on any pool of water that stays around for long periods of time so as to inhibit mosquito growth. Someone suggested baby oil. Do not use motor oil or diesel fuel.
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I suspect that the septic system's drain field was getting clogged and slowing down so the Uncle thought he'd give it some relief by re-directing the gray water elsewhere . . . . but there really is no elsewhere; the yard is being inundated.

I'll just repeat what shortylong asked above:

When and why and who cut the drain lines for the various gray water appliances ?

And when was the last time the Septic Tank was pumped and the leach field checked out for absorption ?

Is there a chance of obtaining temporary relief by re-directing the gray water in a different direction, and much further away (a 100' or more ?) from the dwelling than right outside it' foundation ?

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