Putting too much water into your septic system may harm it. So, if your
family generates a lot of gray water then you may want to direct it away
from your septic tank. Check with your ag ext folks for common local
practice. My washing machine does not empty into my septic tank
Been doing this for 40 years with no problem. Just had tank pumped and
operator said it looked fine.
We were advised by one pumper several years ago to only use liquid
laundry detergents to avoid grease buildup. He showed me the waxy layer
on top of the tank.
Grease from kitchen would be biggest contributor and should be put in
the trash, not down the sink.
We also learned recently that water softeners are not good for septic
systems. I don't have one but neighbor that just sold his house had to
do something about his. Maybe involved a separate drain field, I don't
That'll be up to the local Code people; most jurisdictions the required
answer is "yes".
I noticed one other respondents mentioned a grey water french drain or
the like and another worried about too much water for a drain field. In
TN (owing in large part to improper grading by the installer so all
water ended up flowing to one end of the field effectively reducing it's
size by half) we did break thru the surface with the drain field
eventually. While we were able to put in another field of the proper
size (fortunately), at the same time we did the french drain and split
off the washer. That solved the problem for the rest of the nearly 30
yr were there...
_BUT_, the rest of the story is that when we sold the house when
returning to family farm, the inspection uncovered the diversion and the
Code people required us to reconnect back to the septic system before
the house could be inhabited by new occupants.
In alt.home.repair, on Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:31:36 -0500, dpb
So the county insisted that water from the clothes washing machine go
through the septic tank, even though there is no sepsis in 99.999% of
all laundry? What is the point of that?
And even though both drain fields were on your own loand?
As other points out, local code may not allow this.
Also codes change with time and what you did in the past and continue
doing may not be allowed today.
I know around here where systems included cesspool and even allowing
chlorinated effluent to go into a creek would not be allowed today.
On Friday, July 24, 2015 at 12:55:26 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote:
i knowsomeone who lives in the city of pittsburgh, is still on a septic tank, and their washing machine and dishwasher drain water goes over a hill.
their home never got connected to the city sewer, the home sits below the sewer line, and would require either a 1.5 mile sewer line, or lots of excevation and a 20 grand lift station
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