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Old 05-14-2016, 10:39 PM
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Plumber Question (I think)

House is 2 years old. They put this pipe outside the house that sticks up about 5-6 inches. I believe its for overflow is the septic system gets full.
If so, the top would pop off and the waste would empty into the backyard instead of the house.
My question is, can I shorten this pipe down to ground level so I can drive over it with my riding lawn mower?
It would still allow the pop to come off and the waste to come out in the yard I think.
Any issues or problems if I shorten it?
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Old 05-14-2016, 11:16 PM
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It's placed up high so you don't miss it.

Cut it lower is fine. I would put a concrete can and lid over it so you don't Crack it next time you drive over it.
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Old 05-15-2016, 09:29 PM
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That is a vent for your septic system , you can cut it almost flush with ground and put the cap back on it . Just remember where it is when you mow
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Old 05-15-2016, 10:03 PM
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I don't think it's a vent. It's a way to get in if needed in case it gets stopped up. Codes requires it in my city.... I'm guessing yours is the same..
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Old 05-16-2016, 07:44 AM
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It looks like a clean-out access for the septic pipe/field.
I have several of those and yes I cut them down even with the ground, put the cap back on for mowing.
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Old 05-16-2016, 08:13 AM
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Is the house on a concrete slab? It is an access point to clean out clogs under the slab. If you open it up you can see the it angles back to the house.

When was the last time the septic was pumped? If you don't know then I would suggest paying for an inspection and pumping.
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Old 05-16-2016, 11:39 AM
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I had a new drainfield and septic system installed a few years ago when we built our house, we have a lot more than you! I think it's access if the drainfield lines get plugged for some reason. Mine are at the ends of each line (I believe). Their all capped so not a vent.
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That's odd, Jeff. I've never seen an access point at the end of a field line. I guess it would be nice to inspect them from that point.
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Old 05-16-2016, 01:22 PM
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That's odd, Jeff. I've never seen an access point at the end of a field line. I guess it would be nice to inspect them from that point.
Yea, I'm guessing too. They got it installed and covered before I could get out there and get some as-built pics. I'll see if I have the design/plan....I'm curious.
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Old 05-16-2016, 01:29 PM
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Pipes sticking up in the septic field are usually vents, and are required (here, at least) when the length of piping exceeds a certain footage. They usually open, sit 3' above grade, and are turned down. They are nicknamed "candy canes". However the capped pipe looks more like a cleanout which would typically be placed near the house and allows you to clean a clogged pipe between the house and the septic tank.
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