$140 can be dirt cheap. In one place I lived it was ridden with granola
heads. They had state "Acts" and heavey impact fees. Other areas dump
your shit wherever long as it's not on the road with an open valve.
How much do you earn?
Now, go buy a truck and insure it, drive to the customer's house, pump out
the tank, drive to a disposal area and pay a fee. With the left over
money, pay the 15% self employment tax, medical insurance, business
overhead, fuel, liability insurance, property tax on the business assets and
then pocket the rest. Do you think the guy is getting rich at $140?
You need to get back on your meds. The question wasn't whether or not
$140 is a REASONABLE fee (it is). The question was whether it is CHEAP
(it is NOT). As you have pointed out, the operator has a lot of
expenses. These must be passed on to the consumer if he is to stay in
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When I bought the old farmhouse in LoCal in '75, the pumper charged me
$35 to empty it. The second time it was $55, ca '89. The third time,
ca '01, it was $180 (most wanted $200-$250). Most of that increased
fee was due to different fee structures at the newly-categorized
hazardous dump location. The rest was a decade and a half of COLA.
BTW, I'm single and easy on septics if you noticed the long spans.
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A family of 4 with a 1500 gallon tank would take more than 2 or 3 days
to refill the tank. After a week of showers and laundry and
dishwashing there will be scum.
Is this going to single-handedly ruin your drain field? Of course not.
But if you pump your tank every year, over time it will contribute to
drain field failure. Install a downpipe if you pump frequently.
Great thread. Excellent comments. I like your #1 as wife sometimes
goes crazy with "Iron Out" which removes stains from toilets but
probably sterilizes septic.
Another comment, I would like to add, is you should know where your
clean-out is. When I bought this house, which was built by builder as
a spec house, clean-out was buried and I had to have septic cleaner
find it and add well ring and cap. For my 2nd drain field, switcher
box was buried and when I needed to switch, I dug it up myself (tough
to find) and had to repair it and added a well ring and cap myself.
It's a good idea to know where everything is if you need help and need
to call someone.
IMO, a disposal can work just fine with a septic system, or it may be a
disaster. Like most things, what counts is how it's used. If you use
the disposal for small scraps from food prep, washing dishes, etc, it
will be fine. If you intend to put lots of bulk garbage down it that
could easily go elsewhere, then you will likely have problems.
When I do food prep over the sink and am left with a pile of peels, I
grab most of them and they go in the trash. The remainder get washed
down the disposal, which I think makes a good compromise.
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