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I noticed here lately that when I pull a lid there is no worms. Used to be just about every tank lid I pulled had these little 1" long worms just feasting away at the top of the water. Now I dont see them. Maybe its the germ killing soaps we use now are killing them off?
 

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Global Warming :whistling2:
 

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I replaced a section of basement sewer line last winter - it was 3" C.I. with Ty-Seal joints. It was under a hair salon and I'm guessing it was the chemicals that had eaten out the entire top of the pipe for its full length. So there was plenty of hair and other debris in the line, and plenty of little angleworms, too.
 

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It was under a hair salon and I'm guessing it was the chemicals that had eaten out the entire top of the pipe for its full length.
Nope.

Sulphur Dioxide gas from the septic tank itself, we see it here all the time in suburban houses that were built in the seventies and early eighties.
 

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We specialize in septic systems, preferrably gravel beds and infiltrator (which infiltrator is a joke in my book). But anyhow, I have seen all kinds of junk in them when I pull a manhole cover off.
 

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Sulphur Dioxide gas from the septic tank itself,
It was on a city sewer. I've seen Ty-seal pipe deteriorate rapidly before, too. Thirty years and you can put your hand through it almost anywhere.
 

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what are those worms that were in there that I saw? Are they suposed to be there to help break down the solids?
 

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what are those worms that were in there that I saw? Are they suposed to be there to help break down the solids?
They won't hurt. Bacteria are sufficient - worms will do the rest out in the drain field.
 

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It was on a city sewer. I've seen Ty-seal pipe deteriorate rapidly before, too. Thirty years and you can put your hand through it almost anywhere.
It can happen if you're in an area with a high sulfur content in the water, when it combines with oxygen the gas is formed, and always eats away the top of the pipe because it is lighter than air.

We see a lot of it on houses that were converted from septic to city sewer.
 
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