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Old 04-27-2019, 04:55 AM   #16
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Should I get it flushed?
Nope,.... Never Flush it,..... pump out the solids maybe, but never Flush it,.....

I was in my last house, 26 years, 'n had it pumped once,....
Only because an idiot(no, not me) flushed a incandescent lightbulb down the toilet,.....
It acted as a floatin' stopper in the tank's input baffle,......

I drop some yeast down the can every year or 2, just to keep the bacteria count good, 'n high,.....
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Old 04-27-2019, 06:42 AM   #17
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This was one of those things that we never got around to. Well at 27 years I figured I was pushing my luck. 4 kids, two wives lol, lots of parties, weddings and get togethers. Had it emptied, surprised by some of the things I saw floating in there. But we were good. No issues. Think I was just lucky though. Just wasn’t high on my priorities list



It never is, until they are not working. Then it gets bumped to priority one!
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It's like an old farmer 'joke' my dad told me years ago, that they would toss a dead chicken into the tank. 'Why a dead chicken?' Because the live ones put up too much of a fight. Ba...
Throw in a live chicken? Wasteful beyond the point of being sinful.

How often to pump a septic tank is trial and error although you can take an educated guess such as the 3 years mentioned previously. A good pumping technician can improve on the educated guess after the second pumping.

Since you don't know the amount of solid matter in the septic tank when you buy, close, and move into, a non-new house it is a good idea to have the septic tank pumped immediately unless you know for a fact it was pumped within the past year,.

Pumping a septic tank again in quick succession does nothing more than cost money unless you need to inspect/repair the interior or you need to convert it into a holding tank termporarily (no structural changes or additions needed for this) while the leach field is serviced or rebuilt.

Ports (risers) are installed above a septic tank to inhibit rain water soaking into the ground from getting into the septic tank via the hatches and use up some of the septic system's capacity to process sewage.
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Throw in a live chicken? Wasteful beyond the point of being sinful.

How often to pump a septic tank is trial and error although you can take an educated guess such as the 3 years mentioned previously. A good pumping technician can improve on the educated guess after the second pumping.

Since you don't know the amount of solid matter in the septic tank when you buy, close, and move into, a non-new house it is a good idea to have the septic tank pumped immediately unless you know for a fact it was pumped within the past year,.

Pumping a septic tank again in quick succession does nothing more than cost money unless you need to inspect/repair the interior or you need to convert it into a holding tank termporarily (no structural changes or additions needed for this) while the leach field is serviced or rebuilt.

The key word was "joke".
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I was a rookie when we bought this place in 1995. It has a 2 tank system of about 300 gal Ea. + leech field. Some where around 1997 we got torrential rain, and it never really worked right after that. We had it pumped several times, and while it fixed the immediate problem, it didn't address the leech field, and apparently that was full or clogged.
I'm winning right now, and seem to be gaining on it. The grass is tall over the leech field and getting thicker.
What I've done; put a pond pump with an air stone on the second tank, this aerates it and keeps it churning constantly. the second and in my opinion best thing done was to install insinkerator septic assist disposals. One at first, and after a year the results were so good I've installed another in the office sink since that is on a separate line. I try to run them every day, but often don't, but not only is the septic system working well, the clogs in the house no longer happen. Best solution ever!!
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In 1995 my ol' neighbor asked me if i'd help him uncover his septic lid. I did and it was full, 3 to 500 gals. Installed in 1973;a Texas waterfront home, raised four kids and always many friends, family n guests and parties too. I was really amazed that it took so long to actually fill. Had it pumped, the field was okay and for the last twenty two years only the two of them plus kids with kids, friends n guests and it's still working well. Say, think, and act as you will, but this is as it is.
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In 1995 my ol' neighbor asked me if i'd help him uncover his septic lid. I did and it was full, 3 to 500 gals. Installed in 1973;a Texas waterfront home, raised four kids and always many friends, family n guests and parties too. I was really amazed that it took so long to actually fill. Had it pumped, the field was okay and for the last twenty two years only the two of them plus kids with kids, friends n guests and it's still working well. Say, think, and act as you will, but this is as it is.
A septic tank is always full of liquid. It is the build up of solids in the bottom that is the concern.

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I pump it every three years. The cost here is around $300.

I had to install a new septic tank and drain field about 5 years ago because the old system stopped working. Cost of that was $5000.

So $300 is cheap insurance, vs. the cost of replacing a plugged up drain field, which is what will happen eventually when the solids in the tank overflow into the drain field.
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My septic tank has never needed to be emptied after 25 years of my use and probably at least 10 years by the prior owner. My neighbor on the other hand has had to have hers pumped out twice in the past 10 years.

The difference is that her husband developed Parkinson's disease after being exposed to Kissinger's Agent Orange (Roundup) and so craps in his bed multiple times during the day and night. His wife does 4-5 loads of bed linens using bleach each day. The bleach kills the bacteria that are needed for a septic system to function properly.

Bleach, Drano, and other chemicals are bad for the septic tank. You can add to the toilet bowl any of the septic tank treatment products that add bacteria to the system. Cost will be around $10 a year and cheap insurance to avoid having to have the tank pumped out.
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Not sure how common they are but you can have a effluent filter added to a septic tank. It is a plastic baffle that prevents solids from entering the drain field.
They can clog and may need periodic rinsing (garden hose spray), but at least in theory it should save a drain field. It's has been 6 months since I had one installed and yet to need rinsing.

https://www.thenaturalhome.com/septicfilter/
this link is a sales pitch, but if you look at the schematics near the bottom you quickly see how it works
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Not sure how common they are but you can have a effluent filter added to a septic tank. It is a plastic baffle that prevents solids from entering the drain field.
They can clog and may need periodic rinsing (garden hose spray), but at least in theory it should save a drain field. It's has been 6 months since I had one installed and yet to need rinsing.

https://www.thenaturalhome.com/septicfilter/
this link is a sales pitch, but if you look at the schematics near the bottom you quickly see how it works

A friend has one on his system; cleaning it is his least favourite job. He has a neighbour he doesn't like and tries to time it for when the wind is blowing that way.
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It is a plastic baffle that prevents solids from entering the drain field.
Ayuh,..... I've always used a 4" pvc elbow, at the inlet, 'n the outlet, pointed down,.....

A 1/4" hole drilled in the top prevents an air-lock,.....
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Ayuh,..... I've always used a 4" pvc elbow, at the inlet, 'n the outlet, pointed down,.....

A 1/4" hole drilled in the top prevents an air-lock,.....

Sounds like a good logical idea. When this recent drain field failed, the health dept got involved, they mandated everything from the size of lift tank, to the brand of diffusers, and also the effluent filter. They also gave me dead line to have it installed. God save the king!
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