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MANimal 09-12-2009 02:51 PM

Keeping my septic system healthy, what do you use?
 
Rid x? I just saw it at the hardware store and thought "Maybe I need that"/

Redwood 09-12-2009 08:27 PM

LOL why would you think that?

Septic systems work quite well naturally...
Of course if you feel compelled to needlessly spend money I have some of "the best" bacteria growing stuff there is I'll sell you...:D

travelover 09-13-2009 07:27 AM

You don't need to add any thing special, but you do need to refrain from putting in things that kill bacteria or plug the drain field. Things like lots of bleach, paint and paint thinners are among the usual suspects. And get it pumped out regularly. Your septic guy can tell you how it is doing and you can adjust your pumping schedule accordingly.

MANimal 09-13-2009 08:38 PM

Oh, OK. So just call up roto rooter and have them come pump it out?

Redwood 09-13-2009 11:28 PM

try using the yellow pages for "septic tank cleaners"

Speedbump 09-14-2009 08:14 AM

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Oh, OK. So just call up roto rooter and have them come pump it out?
You will find that the businesses with the large ads in the Yellow Pages are usually not the ones you want to come out to do your service. Stay with the smaller guys, they will usually give you better service and cost much less.

majakdragon 09-15-2009 09:16 AM

The real cure is not what you put into the system, but what you don't put in it. Septic systems work with natural bacteria that eats the solids. If you "overuse" caustic chemicals such as bleach, you can kill the bacteria. Some household waste such as grease and oil can slow the process of digestion also. I never recommend a disposal in a sink with a septic tank. Why add even more solids to it? Female personal hygiene products should not be flushed, nor cigarette butts. My tank in Florida was never pumped in the 11 years I lived there, and had no problems. Not saying it doesn't help, but can be reduced to every 5 years with normal and conscientious use.

sgfelder 12-17-2009 06:37 AM

once a month add a box of baking soda

travelover 12-17-2009 06:39 AM

I wonder if this is like tossing virgins down volcanoes? :D

granite-girl 12-17-2009 02:50 PM

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Things like lots of bleach, paint and paint thinners are among the usual suspects.
O.k. guys- I've always wondered ( and probably done the wrong thing)
What do you do with paint thinner when you are done with it ?


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