Had our septic system pumped out, and the guy suggested using Rid X,
Any opinions on ?
Any negatives or caveats to its use ?
How often (he didn't say)?
Thoughts on would be most appreciated.
It won't hurt your septic system, but does absolutely nothing of value other
than empty your bank account. I love how it's one of those can't prove a
negative things. As in "I've been using it for 20 years and never had a septic
The stuff has been around for 50+ years or more. The only story that I heard
was that it will stir up the sludge in the bottom of the tank and allow it
to travel out into the leach field and clog it up so that it cannot drain,
needing rebuilding. Don't know if it is true, nor what it supposed to add to
a tank. I am living with a septic tank and leach field that was installed in
1970 and it is still going well with regular pumping. I have lived with
septic tanks for most of my life, and the one thing I learned is they will
take care of themselves with regular pumping and if you do not abuse them
with excessive chemicals, detergents, oils, use and too much water.
It is snake oil. All the "enzymes" you need in a septic tank come from
the stuff you are supposed to be putting into the tank.
The only rule you need to know about septic tanks is, you can put
anything you want in a septic tank, if you eat it first.
It's all conjecture...I have NEVER used anything like RidX all of our
OR anything like it....
But then....We don't need or have a septic tank. <shrug>
Hey...! Better than Harry's stupid comment.....
A septic tank will function normally naturally without it. The things that
kill bacteria will affect a septic tank. Things like soap and bleach. If
you watch the amount of those things you put in there, it will improve your
performance better than any additive. People used to add yeast powder or
cakes. But if you put things in there that kill the bacteria, you defeat
the whole system. Some houses are going to grey water systems now that take
care of the grey water from showering, bathing, washing dishes, and clothes
washing, as this water has the bad stuff in it. Organic matter is going to
break down naturally.
I wonder how RidX compares to the Drain Care product from Home Depot
that's supposed to clean pipes by enzymatic action. I've been treating
the kitchen drain with Drain Care and it occurred to me that it might
just be the same stuff as RidX, which has a reputation of being a waste
Look at it this way: if you put shit into a tank designed to decompose it
and liquefy it, and leave it alone for months, there's basically no simpler
system. No moving parts. It goes in, it liquefies, it goes out. Solids
remain, and if a person monitors their input, there will be such a minimal
level of solids, pumping is barely necessary for a decade. It is when soaps
and oils and fats are added that the balance is upset. All additives are
designed to give the user a feeling of well-being to compensate for their
abuse of their septic tank.
Now, it is almost impossible to keep "stuff" out of a septic system, unless
there is a dedicated separate grey water system. Oils and fats and soaps
will make their way down the drain, no matter how careful anyone is.
Perhaps there are biodegradable soaps, but then again, you are getting into
the ionosphere of spendiness, and still some oils from cooking and dishes
will get around them.
The issue is NOT RidX or Drain Care, or even simple yeast packets. It's
what people put into their septic system that they should not. Some people
do not even put toilet paper into their septic system. It's all about how
specific you want to be.
At our mountain cabin, we have a SMALL system, therefore, only water and
crap go in there. No toilet paper. Will it make a difference? I believe
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