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    Grandmaster longbow's Avatar

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    Septic Tanks-Just a reminder

    If you haven't cleaned yours for more than a few years. Do it soon....

    Nothing worse than a full and clogged septic tank you need to empty with no one to come and suck it out...

    Neighbor went 10 years before it blocked up back into his house. 3 to 5 years works for me.
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    Keep'em Scary Sharp!!! WhitleyStu's Avatar

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    Wife puts Ride-X down the drain first of ever month and we have tank pumped once a year just to be on the safe side. Want to keep the system very healthy. We use Shankster Bros from Silver Lake. They say out system always looks good.
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    Marksman

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    ours was pumped for the first time in 2017 i think. house was built in 1950. i know it was never done, i had to cut a hole in the top of the concrete tank. the real problem with doing it more often is its under the slab on the porch. had to cut it then dig 2.5 feet. we were lucky it was in the fall and we have a port a pot and on a farm with 3 other familys so we shower other places.

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    Modern soaps and shampoos are very hard on older septic systems.
    Also everyone thinks it's ok to poor grease and all kinds of mlm food down the drain if they have a garbage disposal. They learn the hard way it's not ok.
    It's not even ok if you're hooked to city sewer to put grease and tons of soap down the drain.
    But on a small septic system depending what size family you have and how much shampoo they use will determine how often you need to pump it out.

    And God forbid any of the ladies flush their feminine products! If so, you're ****ed.

    Have a friend who just bought a house with half an acre of land. Has septic. Our realtor warned us about septic systems on less than an acre and advised us not to even buy one if it had less than an acre and septic.
    What's the regulation on that now for new houses? Can they even install a septic system on less than an acre? Seems like a risk
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    In our county no septic tanks allowed unless you have a minimum of 1-1/2 acres.
    We use this treatment monthly and it has done better for our tank and leech field than the Rid X:
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    Marksman

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    When I was a young boy, my dad said a properly installed and treated septic tank should never need pumped. He lived on that farm for 40 years and never had an issue. I think Trigger Time is right about today's household chemicals being harder on septics. However, I have lived at my current home for 31 years now. Thought we had a full tank about ten years ago, but it turned out to be a clog where the pipe goes into it from the house. Had a company come out and they found and cleared the clog. They said there was about three feet of clear space in the tank, but I had them pump it out anyway. Haven't had anything done since, but it is on the list to have it pumped out again. BTW, 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom on 1/2 acre.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dvd1955 View Post
    When I was a young boy, my dad said a properly installed and treated septic tank should never need pumped. He lived on that farm for 40 years and never had an issue. I think Trigger Time is right about today's household chemicals being harder on septics. However, I have lived at my current home for 31 years now. Thought we had a full tank about ten years ago, but it turned out to be a clog where the pipe goes into it from the house. Had a company come out and they found and cleared the clog. They said there was about three feet of clear space in the tank, but I had them pump it out anyway. Haven't had anything done since, but it is on the list to have it pumped out again. BTW, 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom on 1/2 acre.

    This. If you have to have your tank pumped every 12-24 months, something is wrong. My boyhood home was built in 1967. Its tank has been pumped twice in that time frame. Works fine. Without so much as a box of rid-x.

    Then again there is no automatic dishwasher, garbage disposal, no "flushable wipes", etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cameramonkey View Post
    This. If you have to have your tank pumped every 12-24 months, something is wrong. My boyhood home was built in 1967. Its tank has been pumped twice in that time frame. Works fine. Without so much as a box of rid-x.
    Then again there is no automatic dishwasher, garbage disposal, no "flushable wipes", etc.
    Several of my neighbors and two excavating contractors have told me that our 15 year old septic system is one of the few in the area that is not is some way tied into field or county tiles that eventually drain to old man made drainage ditches. Over the years many folks have diverted their septic drainage when issues have came up unbeknownst to others . Quick fix... I don't think all the four and five decade old systems are able to meet modern code.
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    Plinker

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    Our house was built in the 70's and nobody knew if/when it was pumped when we purchased it from the estate. When the company came out to check it the issue was actually too little use.

    A single person living in the home for the last 30 years didn't create enough waste for the system to stay "active" and breakdown properly.

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    Geology, soil conditions, quantity and contents of influent, etc. all influence the efficiency and lifespan of septic systems.

    Some do last 50 years in grandma's house and then a family of five moves in and it fails.

    It is a good idea to have it pumped and checked every few years and then determine a reasonable maintenance interval based upon those observations. Too regular of pumping can also harm the system. Best to talk to a qualified expert - I ain't one - just have a keyboard and am sharing my observation.

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