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Re: septic tanks was: Roll Call.... everyone alright

  • To: gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] septic tanks was: Roll Call.... everyone alright
  • From: "Marge Talt" mtalt@hort.net
  • Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 03:10:22 -0500

Well, I had to have my septic tank pumped out this year - first time
in nearly 30 years.  Tank guys say it should be done every 2-5 years.
 I expect that the size of the tank; the number of people in the
house and what is put into that tank make a difference.  As you said,
Bonnie, a garbage disposal can clog one up pretty quick.  I have been
very careful about what goes down our drains over the years, as well
as using enzymes periodically...probably if I'd been more diligent
about adding the enzymes monthly, I coulda' gone longer before it
filled up:-)

Had the septic guys put an extension pipe to grade at both sections
of the tank so it does not have to be dug out in future; just lift
the concrete cover and clean.

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
Shadyside Garden Designs

> From: Bonnie Holmes <holmesbm@usit.net>
> 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
> 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
> don't have a garbage disposal which will wreck havoc with the
> system.  Only one or two of our neighbors have ever had to have
> pumped out.  I'm wondering if it would be helpful to consult with a
> specialist...can't imagine having to dig it out every two years.
> Bonnie ETN Zone 7

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