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Old 06-27-2010, 03:21 PM
 
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We just rented a house that has a septic system. This is new to me, in Omaha, Nebraska its rare to see a house with septic, we all use sewer lines.

So, what do I need to do special for this? We are not responsible for any upkeep with it, but the realtor did tell us we will need to use septic safe toilet paper and not to use bleach products. How do you bleach your towels or items if you cannot wash with bleach?

Anything else I need to know? Do you have to use certain dishwashing soap or certain laundry soap? Anything like that?
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Old 06-27-2010, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I am on septic and I simply don't use bleach. I use a natural laundry detergent that is [supposedly] safe for septic systems. Look at the labels. Also, use Rid-Ex once a month.
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Old 06-27-2010, 04:38 PM
 
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Absolutely NO bleach, and nothing down the septic except your toilet paper.

Also, depending on the size and condition of the septic and drainfield, try not to overload it, like doing several loads of laundry, dishes, etc at one time, you can flood your drainfield.

Overall, it's not much different than being on sewer - we lived on septic for 10 years.
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Old 06-27-2010, 04:40 PM
 
Location: City of Central
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No oil or grease from the kitchen either . You shouldn't do that anyway .
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Old 06-27-2010, 05:02 PM
 
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I am on septic and I simply don't use bleach. I use a natural laundry detergent that is [supposedly] safe for septic systems. Look at the labels. Also, use Rid-Ex once a month.
What is that? Is it expensive? Our landlord didnt say we had to do any upkeep with the septic at all.

And yeah, we put our grease left overs into old spaghetti jars and the like and just toss when they're half full.
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Old 06-27-2010, 05:15 PM
 
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It's not really necessary to use Rid-X at all, we never did, but it doesn't hurt. It's not expensive.
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Old 06-27-2010, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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All the septic companies I have used have recommended Rid-Ex, so I figure it's worth taking the precaution. It contains an enzyme that helps break down the waste. It's only a few dollars a month. You can buy it in powder or liquid form (the liquid is easier to flush) at HOme Depot or Lowes. I can sometimes get it at grocery stores and pharmacies in areas where may homes have septic systems. I know you aren't responsible for upkeep but I figure a septic backup is not something anyone would want regardless of whether you are responsible for fixing it. As gyphysic notes I'm sure many don't use it and have no problems, but since every septic person I have used has indicated it's agood idea, I figure it's worth the small cost.
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Old 06-27-2010, 07:27 PM
 
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Ah if its that cheap, then yeah, if the landlord says its OK i probably will add that. I do use regular brand laundry detergent due to some allergies I have to perfumes, but I will eventually be switching to cloth diaper safe "natural" laundry detergents - so hopefully that will help.

But, in the mean time you can still use regular laundry detergents correct? Just not bleach in laundry?
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Old 06-28-2010, 11:02 AM
 
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All the septic companies I have used have recommended Rid-Ex, so I figure it's worth taking the precaution.
That's funny because our septic company does not recommend Rid-Ex but offers a much lower cost alternative which doesn't need to be done as often.

I do use bleach but I have a front loading washer so it doesn't use as much bleach. I do bleach my tile floors when I wash them though. I do not use the garbage disposal. I was told grease and specifically meat products cause a lot of trouble. Scotts TP is known to be septic safe although others are advertising to be safe on their packaging now as well. Tampons should also not be flushed. Trees should not be planted near the tank or the leechfield. Depending on the size of the system and the amount of people in the home the tank should be pumped every 3 years or can be adjusted based on the recommendation of the pumping company. Because I use bleach my solids don't break down as much (not as much good bacteria gets to grow) so 3 years is my suggested limit.
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Old 06-28-2010, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Boston area
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I grew up with a septic tank and am in the process of selling a house with a septic tank (lived here 6 years) and I've ALWAYS used bleach. Never heard you shouldn't. We've also never checked for "special" toilet paper.
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