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I've been renting a house for a while now and about a month after I moved in the Septic tank started having trouble. (It was filling to the top with Pads and Tampons) We called our landlord and got it pumped, at her cost as my roomates (all female) do not flush those products and there is no way we could have filled that thing up in a month even if they did. It ended up getting pumped 3 times for seemingly the same issue until the excavating company finally came to the conclusion that there was trouble with the leach field. Our landlord told us she was pricing options and would have it fixed over the summer, which is now last summer, and still today no fix. I've called her to ask what's up and she gave me a story about how she's in the process of selling another property of hers to pay for the fix. Apparently because it's such an old tank and we have about 4 big oak trees on the lot it's going to cost upwards of 10k.
We have it scheduled to be pumped every three weeks, and we can call to have it pumped when we feel it needs it. (All at no cost to us.) Even though it's pretty well maintained, we occasionally have to limit when we can do laundry, who can take a shower and when, and when we can do the dishes. It also occasionally smells, however we've recieved no complaints from any neighbors. My question is, what can I do to make this fix happen now? We pay a lot in rent and I feel like we aren't getting our rents worth as we have a large backyard that we can't use due to sewage flooding, and as stated we can't do anything water related without checking to see if it's alright. Isn't part of my rent for a large (would be) nice backyard? A friend suggested an anoymous call to health and safety so they'll force her to do it, but I'm worried that could make it so I now have nowhere to live. Any Advice?
tl;dr: Septic tank is busted and landlord is dragging her heals on the expensive fix. What should I do?