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Re: How do you know?

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Posted by I'm amazed! on November 19, 2003 at 04:24:25 from (

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

At some of the posts. The fact is that very little decomposition occurs in a septic tank because anaerobic bacteria live there and they are not terribly efficient at breaking down solid waste. If you don't get rid of the solids, eventually enough builds up and has no place to go but run into the pipe to the drainfield and cause it to fail...that's the leading cause of septic failure. How often you pump depends on a lot of factors including size of the tank, number of users, and how careful the household is with the septic (i.e. what they throw into that tank!).

Septic systems must be pumped periodically if you want to extend the life of your drainfield. I'm posting a link to a chart that gives pretty good guidelines based on a number of factors. Bottom line is, you *can* go for a long, long time without pumping in some situations but as soon as you go too long you will cause your drainfield to fail.

Tom A

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