I'm new to having a septic tank. This
is a new house with a new septic system.
The TV commercials would have you
dumping in theirs products (enzyme
stuff) every week or month. Is this
good? Is it required? Can I dump dog
poop into the clean out opening? It
does go right to the pipe that goes to
the tank. I realize I can't dump so
much, without water, such that it would
plug up the pipe.
Hi: Make sure the poop goes into the half of the tank that is
closest to the house. Pump out the tank at least every 5 years so the
drain field does not get clogged. Never dump anthing down the drain -
kitchen or bathroom that cannot be dissolved in less than a year.
That type of stuff is what will eventually clog the tank.drain field.
If it is organic, than it should be ok to flush. I avoid sending
dirt, stones, etc, down the line, fingernails, toenails, go down only
by mistake. We have been here (you know where) for 45 years and never
had any problems. WHen the kids were living here, we pumped every 4
years, now with just two of us we pump every 5 or 6 years.
You do need beneficial bacteria in the tank to break down the solid waste.
But once they are established, there should be no need for frequently
refreshing the microscopic critters. Annually should be more than enough.
What is much more important is what to not put into the septic system.
Little or no bleach. No grease, cooking oil or food scraps (and do not use
an in sink garbage disposal). No cigarette butts. No cotton (or cottony)
feminine hygiene products. No paint. No strong chemicals or solvents of
any kind such as paint thinner, mineral oil or paint stripper. No
gasoline, motor oil, or lubricating oil.
Some of the above will kill the good bacteria. Others will not break down
and will eventually clog the system.
Wikipedia has a pretty good article:
Due to spam, I\'m filtering all Google Groups posters.
The additives are one of the longest running scams going. I recall
their ads when I was a kid (me and Jesus went to different schools
There is absolutely nothing in those packages that is not already in
the system...or in a new system soon will be.
As others have pointed out, a good pumping schedule is a must (and
they are getting rather spendy what with EPA regs, etc.) My fee had
tripled last pumpout as the company had to build its own disposal/
treatment plant and are not allowed to dump on agricultural land
Occupancy permit inspections, neighbors, etc., etc., etc., ...
In TN (of all places), it was during the buyer's inspection at sale time
when I learned a separate dry well wasn't permitted so had to fix it to
My last house had a septic system. I lived there 15 years and never
added any of the enzymes. It never gave me a problem. I only pumped it
when the new buyers requested it. If you call your local health
department, they will give you all the info you need for your area.
Yes, dog turds are ok to put in the tank. As long as it is in the
first part of the tank.
Remember: Women are like dog turds, the older they get, the easier
they are to pick up. (unknown aurthor)
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