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Old 11-25-2022, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Near Falls Lake
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Absolutely contact your inspections department. In most places this would likely not be permitted....however the requirements can very significantly!
For those of you that haven't pump your tank in 20 years.....as someone who tested tanks for many years I can assure you this is not a good approach! Count your blessings!
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Old 11-25-2022, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Anybody know how to use the Search Box!?

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Old 11-26-2022, 07:36 AM
 
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We had ours pumped once in 42 years. Only reason we did it was because my son flushed a bunch of paper towel and they got caught on a rough spot on the pipe going into the tank. When we opened it, the guy said "It looks perfect, keep doing whatever you do to maintain it". If you put 'septi-free' or something similar in the tank on a regular basis you should not have any problems. I do it once a month.

mama house built in 1972, and never been pump
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Old 11-26-2022, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Lil Rhodey
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This post doesn't answer my question... but thanks!
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Old 11-26-2022, 03:43 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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For those of you that haven't pump your tank in 20 years.....as someone who tested tanks for many years I can assure you this is not a good approach! Count your blessings!
The use and conditions surrounding someone's septic tank vary so much. I've lived in areas with cold soils that can also stay frozen for weeks. The activity of tank microorganisms is pretty minimal due to those low temperatures. Dumping various tank treatments down the drain doesn't make much difference either. Never pumping out the tank would be idiotic.
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Old 12-02-2022, 06:17 AM
 
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Before anyone can could answer this question with any accuracy, they would first need to know if the tank is metal or concrete.
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Old 12-02-2022, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Lil Rhodey
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Before anyone can could answer this question with any accuracy, they would first need to know if the tank is metal or concrete.
It is concrete
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Old 12-03-2022, 08:07 AM
 
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It is concrete
Personally, my choice would be to use pavers since I believe they look better than a concrete slab, will tolerate movement better than concrete while offering maximum flexibility in order to get to any utilities below the surface should that be necessary at some point in time.
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Old 12-03-2022, 09:20 AM
 
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The use and conditions surrounding someone's septic tank vary so much. I've lived in areas with cold soils that can also stay frozen for weeks. The activity of tank microorganisms is pretty minimal due to those low temperatures. Dumping various tank treatments down the drain doesn't make much difference either. Never pumping out the tank would be idiotic.
Unless you're one of the folks that haven't any problem in 30 or 40 years... and there's a bunch of them.

Most people I know pump in preparation for a sale, or in response to other problems (ground movement, etc).
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Old 12-03-2022, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Middle of the valley
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The house we bought has a huge paver patio outback, with an oval dirt area around septic tank. We planted herbs, bulbs, and annuals on top, put a brown plastic mat over the hatch, and a small bird bath on top. It looks nice and it is accessible if something happens. There is absolutely no smell at all.
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