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My septic tank system has a two tank system;heavy in to one; then so called gray water in to second;then pumped to drain field via sludge pump.All electric connections are inside the sweaty gray water tank. Here they they corrode;and burn out.Was this a really bad way to make electrical connections.

I am not in the Septic Tank business, but am very familiar with the burn system you have.  In my opinion and the opinion of a good friend of mine who has been doing septic tanks all his life these systems are a joke.  The only thing that accomplished is the tripling of the price of a septic system.   

To answer your question:  Putting electrical connections any where near hydrogen sulfide gas is a bad idea.  They will turn black and eventually go bad.  That and the pump lives about three years on average and will have to be replaced.

I am still trying to understand the logic of putting a drain field above the natural ground level on a bed of sand.  When the pump comes on, fills the fields, the water has to go down;  right???  So why start it 3 feet or so above the ground that is is going to seep into naturally anyway?

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Bob Tabor


I am a Water Well Driller and Water Pump technician. I own a business in Riverview, Fl. We repair motors and pumps in shop and in the field. We repair and replace submersible and jet pumps, galvanized and bladder tanks, and their controls. Water filtration is another one of our specialties.


I started drilling and repairing wells and pumps with my dad in 1958 at the age of 13 years. I worked with him on weekends and in the summer when not in school. After graduating high school, I worked for my Dad until going into the Army in 1968. I spent three years in the Army then went back into the Well Drilling/Repair field.

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High school and a few courses after getting out of the Army. They were offered on the GI Bill.

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