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Drywell Expansion

Posted by Jerry on April 17th, 2000 04:46 PM

I have a mid-50's Cape in the Northeast with a cesspool for sewerage and a drywell for greywater.

Cesspool works fine with an annual pumping.

The drywell, installed by the previous owners, overflows back into the washing machine on a consistent basis,
more noticeable during rainy weather and when more than one load is performed within a 48 hour period.

I have dug the system up and it is a concrete cyclinder sitting on top of
a bed of gravel - covered with plastic strips. The drywell itself is located
approximately 8 - 10 feet from the foundation and with 15 - 20 of the

My question, is simply expanding the gravel bed the best solution or should I run an overflow pipe out the other side of the cycliner
slope it out over 20 -30 feet like a traditional leaching pipe.


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