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Septic tank
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fw    Posted 12-18-2002 at 07:59:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
does anybody use that bacteria aditive in the
septic tank? how often ,does it work?


Short Round    Posted 12-20-2002 at 13:16:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
The State of Wisconsin recommends that nothing be added to the system, any septic system installed after 1989 has to be pumped every three years. The state keeps records and if yours is not pumped every three years they will get a court order and come in and pump it for you. And you will pay for the pumping and the court costs. The best thing to do is just have it pumped on a regular schedule.


Hal/WA    Posted 12-20-2002 at 20:54:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Big Brother is watching you!!! I bet the septic tank pumper's lobby really pushed for that one, aided and abetted by the radical "environmentalists". One size fits all, no matter if you have one person adding to the septic tank load or 25. That wasteful (no pun intended) law has to be one of the stupidest I have heard about in a long time. Your state must have a lot of budget surplus to actually support the bureaucracy that would be needed to enforce such a crackpot law.


Tom A    Posted 12-21-2002 at 04:54:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yep, what a truly dumb idea.

Sounds like a law we'd have here in The People's Republic of Maryland. Fortunately, it is too late for lame duck governor Glendenning to do anything about it and Kennedy didn't win so maybe we'll get a reprieve for a couple of years.


Tom A -- waste of money!    Posted 12-19-2002 at 04:27:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I used to use it, but did some studying about septic systems and how they work. The bottom line is that the stuff can be either benign (doesn't do anything) at best, or harmful (will cause your system to fail early) at worst. The reason is that the septic tank itself does not support any aerobic bacteria, but some small amounts of anaerobic so there really isn't a 'breakdown' of material as I'd always believed. The best thing you can do to maintain your system is periodic pumping out. Time between pumpings depends on the size of the tank and number of full-time residents at your house.

In the archives a year or 2 ago, we had some great discussion on the topic so it might be worth a search. Probably the best source of detailed info on the web is at the link I'll post below. The articles "homeowner's guide" and "pumping guidelines" are great guides to making your system last many many years.

Good luck,
Tom


Manitoba    Posted 12-18-2002 at 13:33:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I like to add recycled beer...

Of which I take very good beer and recycle it

personally...Depending on the outside temperature

will all depend on how much I can recycle...


RayP(MI)    Posted 12-18-2002 at 12:40:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Once you get a colony of bacteria going in a septic tank there's no need of adding anything. It'll keep on going like the energizer bunny! Just feed it the normal household flushings, and you're set to go. It is a good idea to get the tank pumped from time to time, to remove the undigestable solids that will build up, (dirt, for instance,) that will build up, overflow, and finally clog the drain system. Even when you pump the tank almost dry, the bacteria will rebound and be back strong by the time the tank is refilled. Bacteria has a extremely fast reproduction rate. A reputable septic tank cleaning service can advise you as to how often you should pump, depends on number of people in house, size of tank, etc. Also, septic systems thrive on plenty of liquid. Don't bypass the septic tank with laundry, sinks, etc.


TB    Posted 12-18-2002 at 11:31:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
We try to treat ours about ounce a month. Brand doesn’t really mater whatever is cheapest and available most of it contains yeast of some sort. An ounce of prevention.
My Dad use to tell me the very best thing for septic tanks was some good fresh horse manure it would make them work real well, that it had some sort of natural bacteria in it. Wonder if there is any truth to it?


DeadCarp    Posted 12-18-2002 at 08:33:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup, can't remember the brand but we get a can of it at the hardware store and generally dump it in in the Fall. (haven't this year) Anyway, first time we used it, nobody had used the septic tank awhile so we had it pumped, then found out 2 peple didn't make enough solids to really make it perk, so i flushed a few bucket of cowpies down there too. When i dumped the treatment in, it looked like clean water and i didn't see anything happen for about a month so i thought it was wasted money but then i noticed there was no snow on the drainfield. Those darn enzymes generated enough heat to keep that whole area melted all winter, regardless of snowfall. It was supposed to activate things in the septic tank and unclog the drainfield and it apparently did. The extra warmth kept the house's vent pipes open too.


kraig WY    Posted 12-18-2002 at 08:13:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My wife does a lot of baking. The yeast has a short shelf life. I dispose of the expired yeast into the septic system. I don't know how often your suspose to but we do about three times a year. My septic system has been in in excess of 25 years and we have never had a problem with it. Course it depends on where your at. Its pretty dry here so it never comes close to filling up.


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