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Re: How do you know?


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Posted by RayP(MI) on November 18, 2003 at 18:20:20 from (216.46.212.141):

In Reply to: How do you know? posted by Worried about ol' Seppy on November 18, 2003 at 14:51:08:

No set hard and fast rule. Depends on size of tank, size of family, loading (what all gets dumped in tank). Suggest you contact your local extension office for information. Regarding additives, septic tanks run on naturally occuring bacteria - which will multiply to keep up with the food supply. No need to use additives. These bacteria eat the waste products and convert them into soluble nutrients that get carried out with the water into the drain field. Reason for pumping tank is to remove nondigestable solids which settle to the bottom of the tank - such things as dirt off the veggies washed in the sink, etc. If you allow these solids to build up too much, they will fill the tank to the outlet, and flow into drain field, plugging it. That is a nasty problem. You really should have tank pumped at regular intervals to protect your drain field. Now to set some other myths to rest: Reasonable amounts of bleach and detergents in the laundry are not a problem. Grease can plug up the drain lines, but bacteria can eat them in the tank. Septic tanks thrive on water flow, and all your grey water can be sent to them as well. (If the drain field can handle them.)


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