Then you are not referring to a 11+ year old septic tank, but a modern
Form Klargester own advice re, septic tanks.
"Do you rarely, if ever, empty your septic tank."
If this is the case, then your tank may be damaged and/or leaking untreated
effluent into the ground and therefore polluting the surrounding property
I think as many streams run into reservoirs as rivers, and even those that
feed rivers probably see the water reused ten times as it flows downstream.
The problem with any subterranean system is the water out can lag water in
by 5-100 years. Our spring is certainly about ten years behind.
NO. You overload it.
Those go to a catch pond, or soakaway, or into storm drainage if you
We have a pond.
The estate down teh road duig a bloody great pit. Its a grassy hollow
execpt when it really rains.
No, run your 'foul' (grey) water into the sewage tank. Only rainwater
should go to the soakaway,
Use a water softener to keep soap/detergent quantities low, and let it
rock...most detergents these days are realtively biodegradeable.
Things to avoid are indigestible plastics and some petrochemicals that
will not emulsify with the detergents.
I've put caustic soda. hydrochloric acid, and paint thinners down mine.
Seems OK so far. In the end it all cancels out - the acids and alkalis
do and the solvents and the deteregents do. Just make sure there's lots
of water going through when you bung in anything too nasty.
You'll probably hear lots of differing views but the key effect on cost of
running a septic tank is how well you treat it. If you bung all sorts of
liquids and solids down it it won't function well and will need regular
emptying. But if you just put proper bio-degradeable stuff in this stuff
will degrade most effectively and there'll never be any cost.
We put in a 4000l spetic tank 2 years ago and apart from some smell as
it started up it has performed flawlessly and waters the orchard in dry
spells very nicely. You are meant to empty it out every 5 years but in
my previous years of owning these I have never done this and never had
problems with them. Only thing we have to do is make sure the mother in
law does not use bleach and make sure people know they shouldn't put
sanitary towels down the loo. The worst bit is that we empty the grease
trap every year which is a truly awful job and one that tends to have a
very strict rotation as to whose turn it is!
Usually between the house/feeds and the tank. Really gives the kitchen
waste a chance to cool down and solidify so it does not gum up the tank
as a whole. Cleaning is a very ugly business. It is usually about 50cm
across under a small manhole cover but that depends on the size of the
system. Different countries in Europe have different regulations (and
indeed different water companies) so you may or may not have one.
You ask the guy, you trust him, its like that my way. And what farmer
whats "mummies napies" across his land ?
What they spay is either animal muck from their sheds, or the sludges
from the sewage works, that has had the stuff that should not be in
the toilet removed, and most of the latter is "injected" a couple of
foot under the soil.
If "mummies nappies" are ending up in the septic tank then Mummy needs
to educated into what should or should not be going down the toilet...
Apart from proper toilet tissue if it hasn't been through your
digestive tract it does not go down the toilet.
Dave. pam is missing e-mail
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