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Old 02-12-2020, 10:33 PM   #31
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Re: Indications you septic tank needs to be pumped?


This is a clear description of how a typical system works and I agree with the advice about not grinding everything up and washing it down. I strain, put in the trash can and grind very little. Once you fill a tank withi stuff that does not break down, id can flow over the edge and into the leach field and that is where the big trouble will start.

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Its not so bad having a septic system, there's just a few things that are "different" - and honestly, they're NOT different, it's more like on city you can "get away with it."

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Typical garbage disposals are horrible for septic systems. We got a super monster one in our sink, but I almost never use it. I also try not to put all the bacon fat down it (that's more general pipe maintenance though.) Certain feminine hygiene products are a bit tough on the system since they break down very slow - gotta pump more often until menopause kicks in :D (I also suggest trying to find the paper tube style, JS)

Also make sure any cleaning stuff you use is septic friendly. I ended up throwing away a whole case of leave in bowl toilet cleaners that were dog safe because they were not septic safe (don't ask me how that works.) I use bleach occasionally, but try to use as little as possible. Also, my septic guy says you don't need Rid-X unless you've already got problems; he said it's a flush and pray you can save it... Generally water is all you need to keep your system happy.

I think my system is typical, a tank with two sides, one lets the "solids" sink to the bottom and the water flows over the top of a cement wall into the other half. That half is just liquid and gets sent to the leech field and dispersed through perforated pipes for natural disposal into the ground. I was told that system failure means the solid stuff is so high in tank 1 that it goes over the wall into tank 2 and out into your leech field and clogs those perforated pipes up.
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I think my system is typical, a tank with two sides, one lets the "solids" sink to the bottom and the water flows over the top of a cement wall into the other half. That half is just liquid and gets sent to the leech field and dispersed through perforated pipes for natural disposal into the ground. I was told that system failure means the solid stuff is so high in tank 1 that it goes over the wall into tank 2 and out into your leech field and clogs those perforated pipes up.

It's not quite that bad, for yrs most systems only had one open tank [no partition] Mine is that way. Having a split tank does lessen the likelihood of solids making it into your leech field. The effluent that goes out to the field doesn't come from the top [or bottom] but down a ways from the top so it avoids any scum that floats on the top.
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Every few years I pull the lids and measure the sludge and scum. By doing this
the pump interval can be extended until pumping is actually needed. If these are
not checked/measured, then it's best to pump the tank on recommended
intervals.....far cheaper and easier than dealing with a plugged up field or backed
up sewage.

EDIT: Also note newer tanks have outlet filters. These should be cleaned
every year or two.

EDIT2: Useful link:
https://inspectapedia.com/septic/Sep...age_Levels.php

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Our usual pumper guy retired and the other company we had doing it for years [we think] was sucking the wrong side >.< I'd been having both sides sucked out every year because of the feminine products (can't get cardboard applicators up here and the plastic ones float :/) Anyway with the new company I'd kinda forgotten that and we think they were doing the wrong side, we might have to get a new tank this summer....
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A septic tank has two chambers. Both should be pumped when the tank is cleaned.
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Our usual pumper guy retired and the other company we had doing it for years [we think] was sucking the wrong side >.< I'd been having both sides sucked out every year because of the feminine products (can't get cardboard applicators up here and the plastic ones float :/) Anyway with the new company I'd kinda forgotten that and we think they were doing the wrong side, we might have to get a new tank this summer....
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The pharmacist asks, and what would you boys be needing them for.

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This is what saves you money on pumping.....not having to locate it and not having to dig down to the lids. I think both cost less than $150. I put these on our former rental cabin.
What is the water faucet for?
Is that used for the septic tank?
Because it looks like it is too close to the septic tank to use for drinking water.
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Local ordinance requires us to pump the tank at our house every four years.

4 years? That sounds extreme considering that many of the other recommendations on this post suggest 5, 7 and 9 years.

How are they going to know if you pump your tank?

It sounds like some plumbing contractors have greased the hands of some local politicians.

I hate corrupt politicians and oppressive governments.
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What is the water faucet for?
It is actually a gravity fed faucet from a natural spring up the mountain. Both this cabin and our house back in the 70's was fed through 1" black pipe for water supply. The spring fed into a tank and the tank at elevation provided the pressure needed. I still find lengths of black pipe buried or partially buried, although abandoned. A giant oak TKO'd the tank one year and I never replaced it.
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