• DIY Septic Tank Treatment

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    1. maddelena's Avatar
      maddelena -
      Definitely do not flush wipes down the toilet into a septic tank. The last time our tank was emptied, the cleaners almost did not do it because of the wipes. The facility they take the waste will not accept any deliveries with wipes anymore because they take too long to break down.

      Be careful what goes into a septic tank.
    1. kwyatt50's Avatar
      kwyatt50 -
      Good to know. Just moved into a house with septic tank and needed the info.:
    1. 240817's Avatar
      240817 -
      This is great info. Moved into home with septic. Never had one before.

      Was wondering what to "feed" the tank. Thanks so much!
    1. maddelena's Avatar
      maddelena -
      Just be careful what you put into the septic tank from the kitchen. The faster you you fill the tank the more it has to be pumped. It averages us for 3 people living here about $250 to pump the tank and that includes the transport and emptying the truck.
      It you are careful you might be able to get away with pumping the tank about every 2 - 5 years.
      Make sure the access top(s) pf the tank are accessible.

      My husband had to dig down the first time to uncover the top and the septic people put in extension tops that reached the surface of the surrounding ground. These tops now just have to be unscrewed and not dug up every time.
    1. BigDodgeMan's Avatar
      BigDodgeMan -
      Quote Originally Posted by maddelena View Post
      Just be careful what you put into the septic tank from the kitchen. The faster you you fill the tank the more it has to be pumped. It averages us for 3 people living here about $250 to pump the tank and that includes the transport and emptying the truck.
      It you are careful you might be able to get away with pumping the tank about every 2 - 5 years.
      Make sure the access top(s) pf the tank are accessible.

      My husband had to dig down the first time to uncover the top and the septic people put in extension tops that reached the surface of the surrounding ground. These tops now just have to be unscrewed and not dug up every time.
      We've had ours pumped twice in 35 years and it didn't "need" it either time. If you don't put junk down into it (tampons/crappy brands of "quilted" toilet paper, grease, etc) it will keep itself in perfect working order. That's the point of a septic tank.

      It's not a holding tank, that's an entirely different issue. a true septic should not need to be pumped but once every 15-20 years. Of COURSE Septic companies will tell you otherwise, kind of hard to maintain a business when a homeowner only needs you once every 15 years vs every 5.

      LOL
    1. zoeknitsinco's Avatar
      zoeknitsinco -
      The absolute best thing you can do to maintain a good working septic system is not use a garbage disposal. you want stuff... that is already digested, not raw.

      compost or trash your scraps. of course as others have said no oils. ditch the chemicals and go for homemade green cleaning products.

      chemicals are not good for septic systems. you are trying to keep bacterial processes not kill them.
    1. dct9000's Avatar
      dct9000 -
      Do not put coffee grinds down the septic either.
    1. 2Blessing's Avatar
      2Blessing -
      excellent info here- I don't have a septic tank, but as we are hoping to buy, this info has reduced my fear of septic tanks
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Ive lived n same place since 1999 and have an ariator with 200 ft of graveless leachi am yet to have it pumped..cig.butts tampins paper towles have stoped it up bfore but with a snake i got it clean...but im afraid im going to need it pumped soon...but ive got almost 19 years of service outvof it....and its even in clay soil.I have been very fortunite ....
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