Mike Milam· Premium Member
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I've lived in my home for 11 years and it was built in 2002. I have put Rid-x in as I should. What signs/symptoms should I notice when it needs to be emptied?
I live in Georgia and the Georgia Board of Health recommends emptying the tank every 7 years. The Federal USDA recommends once every 9 years. My tank was emptied in October of 2012 after 11 years, and at the time, the pumper stated that it didn't need to be emptied. However, I asked him to check the discharge line into the drain field and he found that it was partially collapsed which he was able to reopen.I've lived in my home for 11 years and it was built in 2002. I have put Rid-x in as I should. What signs/symptoms should I notice when it needs to be emptied?
After the new drain field and plumbing repair, we found out that the soil scientist erred in his depth calculations for my lot and two other neighbors which was why my original field failed prematurely.
In the septic system we have, I’ve been alerted that the septic tank is getting full (for whatever reasons) by the fact air starts gurgling/bubbling up in the toilet usually when shower or tub is draining. I guess air that is trapped in line gets pushed back up into the main sewer line and the toilet is the first plumbing fixture that it makes contact with coming into house. Since we have a newer septic tank, it incorporates a filter on the outlet draining into leach field. Both times we’ve had to have septic serviced, this filter is so clogged with debris that hardly any water can pass through it. This happens about every 3 years (septic tank was new when we moved in - only been in home 6 years - 3 adults and one grandchild). Lots of showering and baths, plus washing machine use seems to be the culprit. I have mixed feelings about this filter as it seems it should be readily accessible for cleaning since it is a major factor in stopping the water reaching drain field. Many homes here don’t have this newer filter system and they go many years without problems. However I do realize it’s improved to keep the waste solids out of the drain field so I guess the filter serves a good purpose - it just needs to be more easily serviceable IMHO.
I recently had risers put on but that’s another story for another time. Grrr....
Hope this helps in some manner!