**UPDATE** AS OF 2/21/18 OUR GOAL HAS BEEN MET — MATERIALS HAVE BEEN PURCHASED AND DIGGING BEGINS NEXT WEEK! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR HELP!!! WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED ON HOW IT ALL, UM, COMES OUT!
In 2016 our wonderful (if not miraculous) septic system began to give us signs that it had enough after 20 years of hiker traffic. We had asked too much. Our leech field began to fail because of its age and the extreme duress (!) it’s been put through. To deal with the situation, we increased the number of portajohns. Our fantastic volunteers quickly ran grey water drain lines for the washing machines, and hikers helped us put in an emergency grey water line to drain the guest house shower (shown in the video). One of the hikers there that day was a licensed plumber willing to donate his time; how lucky was that? That seemed to stave off imminent failure of the leech field and system and got us through the 2016 and 2017 hiker seasons.
Fast forward to 2018. The diversionary grey water drainages are still in place, but the leech field has almost completely failed — the moisture is on the ground very close to the septic tank itself. This is occurring with our regular household use, no additional stress from hikers. It is very clear if we do not make the repair immediately, when hiker season starts, the entire septic system will back up in to the house. This my friends, is not good. We need to get this repaired before hikers start arriving this season.
We have a local guy with a backhoe who will do the digging, and our local hardware store has offered to discount materials. The number we have been given to get the job done is $5,000. The number could climb higher if the tank needs to be replaced too. We are putting up our own funds, but could really use some financial help to get this nasty but necessary job done. We are reaching out to the hiking community since we know that our support of the hikers has led our leech field to its present state of being POOPED OUT!!!
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