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Septic Question
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Nicole    Posted 02-06-2005 at 14:18:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We recently purchased our first home and it is in the country with a septic system. I know prior to us moving it the tank was pumped and they replaced the cover. A few days ago I received a phone call from some telemarketer trying to sell me a product. It's not Ridex, but sounds like its a competitor. Until that point I hadn't even thought about using anything. Any suggestions on what I should do & when?
Thank you.

Doc    Posted 02-06-2005 at 17:10:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with the others. 3-5 years depending on number in family. However I wouldn't take someone's word that it has been done. Ask the sellers if you can who it was that pumped it out and contact them to be sure and when it was done.

Willy-N    Posted 02-06-2005 at 18:41:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think the reason we never have to pump our tank is 3 people using it, 1,200 gal holding tank, never use Liquid plumer, no garbage grinder, only human waste goes in along with tolet paper. Lots of water is ran thru it but very carful on use of chemicals just some soap and a little bleach from washing. Grease goes in a container not down the sink. Just figured one day we would know if a problem accured but it never has so we have not pumped the tank out. It seems to digest every thing that goes in and the water to the 350 ft leach feild. Mark H.

Bkeepr    Posted 02-06-2005 at 17:09:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't waste your money on any of that stuff. Some of it merely wastes your money without doing anything, but others actually hurt your system.

What the others below have said is good advice. I'm going to post a link to a website run by NY state with advice to buyers of septic systems that is pretty good. The link in that page goes to a "everything you could possibly want to know" page...includes things like how often to pump your system based on how many folks in the house and the size of the system. All good info to know.

Oh, and welcome to the KL board!!

Tom A

Nicole    Posted 02-08-2005 at 08:32:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you very much for all the information, it was great!!

KatG    Posted 02-06-2005 at 17:06:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
SAw your post about a septic tank and remembered a crime show I once saw...It was a true story...the man had put the died body in the septic tank somehow and it took care of the eveidence..MAtt saw the show too..I told all my friends if I came up missing to look in our

toolman    Posted 02-06-2005 at 17:05:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
don,t use anything , most of the posters listed what not to put in there ,bleach water softerner etc,depending on how many in your family you,ll learn how often to pump it out , i usually do mine every three years it doesn,t really need it but i have a friend who does that and it free, i don,t worry about how much water we let into it my friend who helped install it said water will help keep the field flowing,and some will put a grease trap in but i never and haven,t any trouble, they are pretty maintaince free, just clean them out evey few years or whatever depending on family size etc.

JB    Posted 02-06-2005 at 17:03:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
A septic system is not something you forget about. The below posts about the color of your paper is correct, so is the chemicals. Some tanks need to be pumped every three years or so, some can go longer. Depends what you put down them. Another no-no is food scraps. Another big no-no is tampons, put them in the garbage. An oversized tank cuts down on the amount of time between pumpings. Maintain your system and it will last longer. Same as maintain your car and it will last longer. Nothing is maintainence free. Check with your neighbors and see what they do. You do not need something like ridex unless you are having problems. Ridex will buy you time until you can get your system replaced.

Fern(Mi)    Posted 02-06-2005 at 16:54:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Our kitchen and laundry waters run out a separate line from septic watering and fertilizing our east pasture.
Tenant house laundry and kitchen run out foundation wall above grade into plastic field drain tile. Relocating it each mowing, the grass is the greenest that side of the house, also the tallest.

Jet9N    Posted 02-06-2005 at 15:58:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
In addition to the below, don't run your water softener recharging discharge (if you have one) into the septic tank.


Clipper    Posted 02-06-2005 at 14:50:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't waste yer $$ on that stuff. What yer putting in that tank has a high enuff bacteria count to get the job done for you. Make sure you use ONLY white terlet paper too cuz the colored terlet paper don't break down as well or fast as the white.

Grease is a no-no as well.....dump yer grease inta old coffee cans and chuck it with yer garbage....or you can use it to make suet cakes fer the birds. :^)

Willy-N    Posted 02-06-2005 at 14:43:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not needed, never used anything in ours, never pumped the tank till we sold the place and it was OK then. 10 years of use there, 9 years here and 20 years at the other place with no problems or pumping the tank. Watch what you put in it and try to not use harsh chemicals. Mark H.

bob ny    Posted 02-06-2005 at 14:37:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
our family has used bakers yeast 1/4 lb every full moon(or oncr a month) have not had any problems the last farm i lived on for twenty years never cleaned . lived here 6 years same(knocking on wood)

Pitch    Posted 02-06-2005 at 14:31:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nicole, I wouldn't use anything in the tank. A box of ridex every few months wouln't hurt anything but I don't know that it would help either. Just don't use a ton of chemicals, ie: bleach drain cleaners and etc. keep grease to an absolute minimum and if you have hard water I fing liquid detergents are much better. Living with a septic tank is not an issue if it is in decent repair.

Juanmure    Posted 02-06-2005 at 17:23:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Septic tank man told me to keep septic clean, throw in some maggot road kill and it will help your septic tank stay clean. No need for Ridex or yeast. Also keep a plastic bag and throw toilet tissue where applicable, in trash or burn it and save the septic. I call it BTU's.

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