I have two rental mobile home with septic tanks and drainfields that are
30 years old, and that I have had pumped pretty regularly.
I have been told that adding enzyme treatments such as "Bio Clean" can
1. Which treatments seem to be good?
2. How often should I use them?
3. Which drains should I treat?
4. Do you have other suggestions for maintaining systems like this?
Thank you very much in advance. I really appreciate all the help I have
had from this list in the past.
Dont know how much the enzyme additives help as much as put tting the
wrong kinds of cleaners in them hurts. Bleach is bad and some of the
cleaning tablets you hang in your toilet tank are nothing but bleach.
I think if you pump it out on a regular basis and don't allow stuff that
doesn't break down easily to get flushed down the drain you are doing
the best you can.
I have heard of drain field failures due to soil that can no longer
absorb after 20 - 30 years of use. I've seen metal tank tops fail. I've
heard of poor quality concrete tanks failing after 20 - 30 years. Some
areas now allow "plastic" tanks.
I have neighbors that have never pumped their septic system out in 20
They should have sticker shock when that puppy implodes.
The enzymes are money down the drain. All I've read say they are worthless.
My system is over 35 years old and functions perfectly.
I have it pumped about every 4 years but probably could do with less
since there are only the two of us now that kids are gone.
Rule of thumb, is don't put anything in septic that could go in the
trash. If you blow your nose, the tissue should go in trash, not
septic. Toilet paper is made to break down more readily than other
papers. Same for cigarette butts - use ash tray and trash.
Minimal use of garbage disposal and keep out fats and oils.
Don't dump a lot of chemicals, like bleach, into septic system. You
don't want to kill the bugs that digest the waste.
Our pumper said liquid wash detergents have less build-up than solids.
I remember from way back, people used to flush bakers yeast down the toilet.
Yeast breaks down carbohydrates. And starches. Helps cut down on the solids
in the system. Other people say "feeds the bacteria".
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Christopher A. Young
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