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Septic Tank Goodies
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Ole Buzzard    Posted 01-23-2003 at 15:44:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We had our septic tank pumped and the guy said instead of Rid-X, to put some yeast in the toilet once a month and flush it. Has anyone ever heard of that? We have what I think is called an E system; no pump


Ron/PA    Posted 01-24-2003 at 10:36:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Old Buzzard, You really know how to liven up a party,, LOL
Your septic tank was named that for a reason, to promote septic activity,,(poop eating bacteria)
As long as you have 3 things, it will work, you need water, poop and poop eating bacteria. That is their whole goal in life, they don't eat cats, or chickens, or yeast, or rid-X or soap or chlorox, THEY EAT POOP, no critter can eat all the poop so they leave some,, (SOLIDS) this sinks to the bottom, yep poop does sink, if this gets full enough to reach the effluent line all them solids go into the leach field and plug up the little holes in the pipe.
Folks who brag about their septic system working for 20 years without pumping, haven't dug up the leach field and looked at the blockage's down there. No system will work forever, and proof of this is that due to the lack of pumping, many municipalities now require a septic, site and an approved BACK UP SITE for when the origional goes bad.
Do yourself a favor and have it pumped at least every 5 years.
Yep been there, done that, bought the tee shirt and made a bunch of bucks off of other peoples mistakes.
Later
Ron


Ron/PA    Posted 01-24-2003 at 10:35:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Old Buzzard, You really know how to liven up a party,, LOL
Your septic tank was named that for a reason, to promote septic activity,,(poop eating bacteria)
As long as you have 3 things, it will work, you need water, poop and poop eating bacteria. That is their whole goal in life, they don't eat cats, or chickens, or yeast, or rid-X or soap or chlorox, THEY EAT POOP, no critter can eat all the poop so they leave some,, (SOLIDS) this sinks to the bottom, yep poop does sink, if this gets full enough to reach the effluent line all them solids go into the leach field and plug up the little holes in the pipe.
Folks who brag about their septic system working for 20 years without pumping, haven't dug up the leach field and looked at the blockage's down there. No system will work forever, and proof of this is that due to the lack of pumping, many municipalities now require a septic, site and an approved BACK UP SITE for when the origional goes bad.
Do yourself a favor and have it pumped at least every 5 years.
Yep been there, done that, bought the tee shirt and made a bunch of bucks off of other peoples mistakes.
Later
Ron


Tom A    Posted 01-24-2003 at 02:34:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The yeast won't hurt, but it won't help either. Rid-X won't help, not sure whether it hurts or not...some of those type chemicals actually hurt your system, so the experts will tell you not to use them (or at least experts who are not trying to get your money from replacing your system!!).

A septic tank is a totally anaerobic environment--no oxygen. Only certain kinds of bacteria will live in that environment, and yeast ain't included in that list, so it is killed very quickly and does nothing in the tank. Very little decomposition occurs in your septic tank anyway: it really is a settling tank to keep solids out of your drainfield. Most decomp occurs in your drainfield. Septic tanks *must* be pumped out ocassionally (the time is based on tank size and # of full-time people using it). A page or so back I posted a link to the NY state septic expert's guide to septic and it includes a chart that'll tell you how often to pump...varies from about 2 years to about 30 years!

Tom A


kraig WY    Posted 01-23-2003 at 22:33:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We use a bread maker every now and then. Often we replace the yeast (past expiration date). Put the old yeast down the tolet. The septic hear hasn't been pumped for at least 20 years. Yeast works pretty good and cheap.


walt    Posted 01-23-2003 at 17:03:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have to disagree with both comments. Bacteria grows at a specific rate, and no additive will speed up the growth process. I even had a plumber tell me to put in a dead cat. I did alot of research when I built my home, and most health departments, water companies recommend pumping the septic every 3-5yrs and just watch what you put in them. Yes, chlorine does kill bacteria, but you use your shower, toilet, etc more than your washing machine and the bacteria will grow. Do a "google" search for "septic maintenance". Lots of it is good sense. No grease, gasoline, etc. Avoid all solids.


RayP(MI)    Posted 01-23-2003 at 18:40:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, the bacteria will grow at a specific rate - exponential rate. It will grow until it overwhelms itself. There is no need to "renew" it, just keep flushing. As long as there's something biodegradable, you're all set. Chlorine will kill bacteria, yes, but unless you are using enormous amounts it will not be a problem. It is good to keep plenty of liquid running through the system. Pumping is necessary to keep the undigestable solids (dirt) from filling the tank and getting into the drainage system. Frequency of pumping, will depend on a number of factors, including amount of flushing, if you have a garbage disposal, whether the cook washes the veggies in the sink, etc.


countrymaritimer    Posted 01-24-2003 at 05:24:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
What you say is true...to an extent. Too much flushing of the system does not allow time for settlement of solids (sludge). This needs to happen or else the solids get flushed right out into the field and clog the system rendering it less functional or worse. The field is the $$$part so be smart and spend the few bucks to pump regularly.


Robert in Md.    Posted 01-23-2003 at 16:39:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Several plumbers around here suggest putting a well rotted whole chicken in the tank to keep the bacteria working.


Ray    Posted 01-23-2003 at 15:48:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
yeast does work well, you should use it especially if your washing machine is plumbed into the tank, chlorine will kill all the beneficial bacteria in the system and you will need to renew it as often as possible


countrymaritimer    Posted 01-24-2003 at 05:30:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Where does everyone get this idea!!? As long as your system is in use, there will be enough bacteria for the system to function you don't need dead chickens or yeast or anything else just use the system as it was intended. If there is a family using it there will be enough solid waste entering the system to feed any kind of anaerobic bacterial activity. If anything the bacteria on a dead carcass will kill the other bacteria or vice versa...does nothing for septic. Read man Read. If you have added anything and your system is still working....it is working despite the addative not because of it.


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