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Salt in Septic System
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HEY CULLIGAN MAN!!!!    Posted 06-27-2003 at 12:34:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can anyone, like a Culligan Man, give us the true lowdown on what a water softener system will do to a septic system? Our's runs every other day and I understand that it takes 75 gallons of water to recharge each time. That means 75 gallons of salt water is going into my septic every other day. Will that amount of salt have adverse effect on my system, if so how long till problems start?? I am sure there are a lot of us out there so this should be interesting.

Dave Novak    Posted 02-28-2004 at 06:56:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
"Water Softners Pose No Problems for Septic Tanks"

Jeremy    Posted 06-28-2003 at 03:58:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Salt will kill off the bacteria that breaks down the sewage in the tank. I oughtta know... I worked as a septic tank pumper for about 7 months.

Tom A    Posted 06-27-2003 at 14:49:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
"like a Culligan man"?? You'd trust somebody whose job it is to sell you a system to actually tell you something bad about his product? I got this bridge I wanna sell ya!

Seriously, I'll stand by what I wrote the other day: the brine in water softening systems is bad for septics, if not the tank then the drainfield. You can't flush many many pounds of salt into a limited space and expect no reaction. The salt just builds up in the drainfield...doesn't go away.

But, the best information on the web about all things septic is linked below. I expect there's something there about it.


Paul    Posted 06-27-2003 at 14:04:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
A few years back I had touble with my septic. I talked to my local health dept representative (off the record)asked him what I could do, he suggested sending the water from the softener regeneration to a dry well and not to the septic.
(i use 750 to 1000 lbs of salt in a year)
This allowed my septic to recover enough to last another 3 years. when I replaced it I installed a new drywell that accepts my softener water and the water from the clothes washer (I have valves on the line to direct them to the septic if needed) in the 3 years of use I am only using 20% of my leach field (only the 1st line out of 5 is recieving water, the other 4 are still unused)

Lenore    Posted 06-27-2003 at 13:32:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your question made me think.
I hate when that happens. ;-)
It just takes so much time trying to figure out the answers.
The following article helped me,
so hopefully it will help you.

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