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Re: Roll Call.... everyone alright

Years (and years) ago, my husband was assigned to a Public Health
Department where he became friends with a specialist who maintained that if
a septic tank was properly installed there should never be problems with
it.  We have lived in our house since 1978 and never had to have it
drained.  Ours is located on a slope below the house.  One thing more...I
don't have a garbage disposal which will wreck havoc with the septic
system.  Only one or two of our neighbors have ever had to have theirs
pumped out.  I'm wondering if it would be helpful to consult with a county
specialist...can't imagine having to dig it out every two years.
Bonnie ETN Zone 7

> [Original Message]
> From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 11/21/2005 9:15:52 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Roll Call.... everyone alright
> And if, like us, you have no sewer line but a septic tank, it should be,
> at 
> all possible, down-hill from the house. About every two years we have the
> septic tank dug out and pumped out.  There are a couple of vents into the
> drain fields, but that's only to check to see if they are flowing freely.
> our
> previous house - this is about 40 years ago - the septic tank was uphill 
> from the house and would cause serious backups.  Since we were quite
> impecunious in those days, and Chet traveled most of the time, I became
> quite the jane of all trades.  Once I thought perhaps I could help the 
> slow drain by opening the cap I could see in the basement where the
> house drains went out into the septic tank.  You can imagine the
> results.  This cap was about six feet from the floor, so I got a complete
> shower.  Did solve the problem, however.
> Auralie
> In a message dated 11/21/2005 8:12:15 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
> genebush@otherside.com writes:
> Different parts of the country have different codes, so I do not know 
> how much applies to you, but.... Someplace outside the home there is
> to your sewer line. A cap that screws off so the plumber can gain access
> the pipe to run a rooter thought it to clean it out when stopped up.
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