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Kansas Environmental Health Association

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Frozen Lagoon

Posted by Beth Rowlands on January 10, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Lagoon has a low water level because of the drought. The water and the pipe going into the lagoon are frozen and sewage from the house is backing up. The lagoon is located to the north of the house so the lagoon and pipe are exposed to the north wind. Has anyone else ran into this problem? How did you fix it?

Categories: Air, Water,Solid Waste

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2 Comments

Reply Steven De Hart, REHS
1:02 PM on January 10, 2013 
Several things are going on. The Lagoon is probably sized for the number of bedrooms and not flow, it could be leaking and in disrepair, the home could have a leaky stool, ect. that is putting a small drip down the line that will eventually form an ice plug (no water in the lagoon) that will cause a back up. The ice plug could have formed when water was over the pipe, just not at the right depth, and then several months later evaporated out and left the plug. To fix it, size the lagoon correctly, check compaction in bottom, run water into the lagoon to about 4 ft.
Reply [email protected]
12:56 PM on January 10, 2013 
Tempoarily in some cases cut the pipe then get the lagoon filled to a minimum of 1 foot over the pipe.
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