HerHusband wrote on Tue, 03 May 2016 14:55:30 +0000:
I was wondering about that because my septic system is about 100 feet or
so away and down a hill so I guess it's 20 feet below the house.
I don't even know where the cleanouts are. I haven't touched it since I
moved in 10 years ago, and, well, who knows how long it was in use before
So, how do they "inspect" it anyway?
I presume I have to find the cleanout and then open it, and then what?
Do you just look?
I have to dig down and expose the access cover of the septic tank. I think
the inspector will dig it up, but I know exactly where it is located.
Thankfully, the top of my septic tank is only 6" below the ground.
They open the cover and use a pole with a board on it to take measurements.
They measure the sludge build up at the bottom of the tank, and the scum
layer floating on top. They also do a quick visual inspection of the drain
field, to make sure it's not a smelly swamp or something. Takes them less
than 10 minutes, then they charge me $125.
If the scum or sludge layers build up too close to the inlet pipe, they are
required to pump the tank. Naturally, the cost goes way up if they have to
When the county first started the inspection program here, they just
routinely pumped the tanks every few years.
Then they switched to actually measuring the contents and only pumping when
needed. Initially, they allowed homeowners to take the measurements, but I
don't know if they allow that anymore.
We're actually due for our septic inspection next month.
Steve Stone wrote on Tue, 03 May 2016 07:28:41 -0400:
I always wondered about that.
I am in hill country so the septic system is down hill by a lot.
I don't know how far, but I see a white pipe sticking up which is
about 100 feet from the house.
I don't know where the cleanout is even and I've lived here a decade.
I guess I'm not doing something that I should be doing, but how would
I even know that my septic system would need to be pumped out if I don't
even know where it is completely or where the drain is?
I realize that if it stunk and weeped I'd know that, but I think,
given it's on a steep slope, the chance of that happening seems slim.
How would I even test that my septic is getting close to being filled?
On Mon, 02 May 2016 21:09:16 +0000, Arthur Cresswell wrote:
My recycling program says these are the acceptable items for recycling:
Please empty and rinse all food and beverage containers.
Batteries Standard household batteries
Place in a clear, sealed plastic bag and set on top of the recycling cart.
Glass All glass food, beverage jars and bottles.
Remove lids and place separately in bin.
Spaghetti sauce jars
Metal All metal food and beverage containers.
Tin/steel food and beverage cans
Plastic All rigid containers marked #1 - #7
Milk and juice jugs
Shampoo, detergent, and other household bottles
Soft drink and water bottles
Yogurt, margarine, and other food containers
Paper Put mixed paper in the toter labeled: Mixed / Office Paper.
Brown paper grocery bags
Cardboard (Break down boxes and bundle larger pieces securely using twine and
place next to container)
Envelopes (Including plastic window types)
Food boxes (cereal, crackers, frozen food - Remove plastic liners)
Magazines & catalogs
Paper (colored, computer, white)
Paper egg cartons, paper towel rolls
Used motor oil may be set out in one-gallon plastic containers with tight fitting,
screw top lids only.
You may place up to two one-gallon containers next to your recycling cart for pickup
and empty recycled one-gallon containers will be left in their place.
Place fully drained motor oil filters in a sealed, leak-proof, plastic bag and
place next to your recycle cart.
Unacceptable Recycling Materials
Concrete, rocks, dirt
Electronic / Universal Waste
Televisions, computers, cell phones, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs,
Household Hazardous Waste
Paints, solvents, cooking oil, motor oil, cleaners, corrosives, fuel tanks - propane tanks, syringes
This is what it says goes in the garbage can:
Auto, mirror and tinted glass
Glassware, crystal and dinnerware
Household window glass
Light bulbs (except fluorescent bulbs)
Pots and pans
Animal feces or manure
Milk cartons and other waxed paper
Paper towels, napkins and facial tissues
Soiled papers, food wrappings, napkins, tissues or towels
PVC or other plastic piping
Shrink wrap and plastic bags and liners
Styrofoam/polystyrene containers and packing peanuts
Toys, trays, cups, garden hoses, flower pots
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