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Old 04-05-2007, 10:49 AM
 
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Red face Septic Sewer homes?

Are ther homes that have spetic sewers for **** and pee that need to be emptied by
septic tank companies?
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Old 04-05-2007, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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When you have septic it is already a given what they are used for. And, in due course, yes, they will be emptied by a company that performs these services.
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Old 04-05-2007, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie and Okeechobee, FL
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As long as a septic tank is working properly there should be no need to have it pumped. I've lived in Florida for 35 years and have always had septic tanks and have never had to have one pumped.
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Old 04-05-2007, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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pslOldTimer, you are incorrect. Solids build up in the main tank over time and reduce the capacity. When that happens, the effluent goes into the leach field without being processed. That eventually will clog the leach field, requiring a replacement of the lines and the surrounding dirt. There are a lot of variables, and the heat in FL and the sandy soil work to your advantage, but eventually someone will be stuck with both emptying your tank and replacing your leach field (at some expense). Check with any qualified plumber if you don't believe me.
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Old 04-06-2007, 04:18 AM
 
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I too have heard of people that have never had to pump out thier septic tank, I have had to do mine a few times and have had new lines put in recently. I am glad I have the septic tank the cost of sewer hook up averages more than 50.00 a month.
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Old 04-06-2007, 06:34 AM
 
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I have had septic tanks in the last two homes I lived in. I was in one home for four an a half years(rental properties) and never had a problem and there were seven of us in the house. a lot of laundry and bathing every week. One thing I learned is to help keep septic working well use ridx and also don't let a lot of grease and food particles go down drain
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Old 04-06-2007, 06:40 AM
 
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As I sit here typing I am having an entire new septic system installed. The house I live in is old, the system was not cared for and the tank also has roots growing in it as does the leach field. The house also used to be rented and they poured god-knows-what like grease, etc. down the drain which renders the leach field useless.

Septics must be pumped every two to five years for proper maintenance of a good working system. The cost is $250 in my area, minimal indeed compared to sewer costs in the city.

New systems are expensive, mine will be $4,000 and believe me, that is on the low end of things. But you can't live without a sewer system!
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Old 04-06-2007, 09:25 AM
 
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How often you need to pump your tank depends on how much stuff you throw down your garbage disposal. Garabage and toilet paper is what is difficult to break down. The "other stuff" isn't really the problem.

Most people only need to get their tank pumped about every 5 years or so.
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Old 04-06-2007, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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"New systems are expensive, mine will be $4,000 and believe me, that is on the low end of things. But you can't live without a sewer system!"

web search Humanure Handbook.
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Old 04-06-2007, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Central Florida
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Hmmm...wonder if that means it's time for us! We've been here almost 15 years and the house was a year old when we bought. Never had a problem with the septic tank or drain field. Maybe it's because there's only two of us except for family get-togethers when there will be 25 here! Is it really necessary to have it pumped when everything is working well? I'm thinking I'm with OldTimer on this one. But I don't want to have things backing up and have to make an emergency call either!
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