cleaning out a dry well

growingadviceNovember 9, 2013

has it put in about 2.5 years ago with a sewer cover. there is nothing going in there by rain water... and sand/dirt, my kids throwing pebbles in, etc.

I want to clean it out bc it looks like there's enough sediment on the bottom that its not draining as well as it did. (soil is pretty gravely, so drainage shouldn't be a problem)

what do you folks say the easiest way to do this would be?

the only think I can think of is taking the cover off, putting a ladder in, climbing down, and bringing up one bucket at a time. Sounds kinda like the opposite of fun.

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rosiew(8 GA)

Enlist the kids! They'd probably think it was cool, and if they don't, well, make 'em. You could use a rope as a pulley if they don't put too much weight in it.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 5:25PM
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tanowicki

How deep is it? You could try a shop vac.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 7:21PM
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marcinde(7)

um, before I advocate sending anyone in there, what's this made of? How will the sides be braced when someone's down there? There's a reason why you see elaborate safety rigs whenever the city crews clean out a storm drain.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 2:11PM
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growingadvice

59in to cover

I'm not sure what is made of. If you have a suggestion on how to find out?

I do remember the thing looked like a big tree root with a black burlap material around it. I only got a brief glimpse of it as the Crain was moving it. It was part of a much bigger project and I wasn't around when it was put in.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 2:35PM
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littlebug5(z5 MO)

I wouldn't climb down there and definitely wouldn't send a child. You say this was part of a much bigger project - by a local municipality? Is this, or join with, a storm sewer system? Is it on your property, or is there an easement on your property for this drain?

If this is part of a public system, I would think it might be really frowned upon for a private citizen to be down in it, messing around.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 7:14AM
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growingadvice

This in my property. About 10 ft away from my house. Had an addition put in, replaced driveway and leach field.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 8:30AM
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jimfromYGS

That is what you would call a confined space not only could there be a hazard of collapse more likely there could be a low oxygen environment or sewer gases from material decaying.

i would attempt to clean with big shop vac and extension or some other way that did not require you going in there. If you do have to go in make sure someone is outside to get help and get a fan blowing fresh air the whole time you are in there.

You could also call a plumber or septic guy to clean it out for you and just write a check.

Here is a link that might be useful: My blog

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 8:57PM
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growingadvice

I'm still deciding how to go about this. IF I do go down there, there would definitely be someone there. I'm not too worried about bc I know what's there. rocks and sand.

I'm post back with whatever I decide to do. Maybe it'll help somebody else out

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 9:10PM
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Fockle

Hmmm, over a year and no follow up post. Should we send a search party with shovels?

    Bookmark   December 13, 2014 at 12:16PM
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Fockle

Hmmm, over a year and no follow up post. Should we send a search party with shovels?

    Bookmark   December 13, 2014 at 12:17PM
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