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Septic tank problems
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TroubledTim    Posted 02-14-2005 at 18:02:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Help. I have a 1500 gal septic tank. I had it pumped out just three years ago, and it had to be pumped out again. I had about 3 ft of solids in it. There are only 3 of us living in our house. Two like to take long showers. They will not get out until all 50 gals of hot water is gone!!!! Now, the other problenm I think I am having is that one of the members of my household is bulimic. I am sure that this one empties her stomache at least once a day. I am told that stomache acid will kill the bacteria in the tank. Does anyone know the truth about this?

RayP(MI)    Posted 02-16-2005 at 18:20:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Septic tanks thrive on plenty of water. Doubt if the three of you could dump enough down there to be a problem. UNLESS the drain field isn't up to the load. Yes, the gray water should go down there too. The stuff building up in the tank is undigestable stuff - what you putting down there that is non-biodegradable? Unless there's something unusual going on, there shouldn't be a problem. No, throwing up in the toilet shouldn't bother the septic system, unless it has a sensitive pallet!

Wacahootaman    Posted 02-15-2005 at 06:56:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
How old is your tank and drain field Tim?

I am no expert but it could be a drainfield problem. If the soil around the drainfield doesnt percerlate good then the flow from the tank will be stopped with build up in the tank.

If you have had a lot a rain and the ground is real wet and your drainfield dont perc good the septic system will shut down.

Here bouts, the county requires that you build a mound and haul in sand to build a drainfield if the ground has bad perc.

The systems built before 85 had no such requirements and many of them dont flow when the ground gets too wet.

Also dont dump bacon grease down the drain either.

Dale Anne    Posted 02-15-2005 at 05:08:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
UMMMMM...Howdy..tim is it?....I think I would be asking advice about how to solve the problem of the bulemia before I would worry about the septic tank....I am suprised no one else thus far has recommend the same. The problem of the septic tank aint gonna go away till you settle the trowing up problem and perhaps this is a blessing since ya ask about the septic tank first!....Please get help fer this gal...she can die!..dale anne

Ron/PA    Posted 02-15-2005 at 07:40:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
The bulemia, won't stop the anarobic action of your septic system. With a 1500 gallon tank, 3 years is too soon to need a pumping. It's a good time frame to do it, from a maintenance point of view. Get some local expert advice. While you're gonna get some good advice here, you need fast, reliable, expert help. Fooling around on the net now, may well cost you alot of money down the road.

deadcarp    Posted 02-14-2005 at 19:05:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
the long showers load up the leech field - anaerobic bacteria can handle any kinda body waste. maybe too much bleach or petroleum distillate got in there and slowed them down. i'd flush down a can of roebic. :)

fredo.    Posted 02-14-2005 at 18:39:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
find a way to keep the grey water out of your tank.


Burrhead    Posted 02-14-2005 at 19:02:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think I'd cut back to a 25 gallon water heater and run the pulimic off

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