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Re: septic tank

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Posted by Tom A -- waste of money! on December 19, 2002 at 04:27:59 from (

In Reply to: septic tank posted by fw on December 18, 2002 at 07:59:09:

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,

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