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Old 07-11-2011, 01:42 PM
 
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is it possible to install a garbage disposal with a house on a septic system and how do i size it out to see if it can handle the disposer
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:16 PM
 
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In a word, DON'T.

Other than pouring chemicals and paints into a septic system, this is one of the worst things you can do.

Cost of replacing a drainfield starts at $2,000, many run $5,000, and in situations where the code has changed can require an entirely new mound system - think $15,000+. In five years, figure inflation and those costs may be 50% more.
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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It's been hashed, rehashed, cussed, and discussed several times before- use the "search this forum" box.
And check this out:
//www.city-data.com/forum/13939235-post9.html
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:16 PM
 
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ty K'ledgeBldr i thought they stopped making that one but i guess not i'll look into it though. i also guess i'll try to find a home thats on a public sewer also i feel like i would be better off. and i was looking at the evolution excel 1 hp unit with the 3 stage grinding.
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:17 PM
 
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ty to harry well i'll find a house on public sewer something tells me i would be lots better off.
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:37 PM
 
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There is a lot to be said for the convenience of public utilities. However, in the four years we've been here, we've paid off the cost of installing septic, and had our well come in properly, we would be ahead of the game a grand or two.
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Old 07-11-2011, 10:00 PM
 
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my aunt has a well and septic everytime dhe uses her washer if floods in the back yard. no dishwasher or disposer in her house. so i'm figuring it's to small of a unit to the load there puting on it. as well as one year her pump went out on her to that wasnt a cheap fix.
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Old 07-11-2011, 10:18 PM
 
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No, her leach field is non-functional or she has an exceptionally high water table. Well pumps can be expensive.
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Old 07-12-2011, 08:51 AM
 
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my aunt has a well and septic everytime dhe uses her washer if floods in the back yard.
A septic tank works because there is bacteria in it that breaks down the solids but it takes time, if for example there is a lot of water going into a septic tank or you dont have enough bacteria because you killed it all off with bleach and other chemicals the solids don't decompose and can then get into the leach field eventually blocking it. The end result is water seeping into the yard. This is a very expensive repair.

I've researched the disposer myself, after 30 years of living with one it's one thing I miss in my new kitchen. After reading a lot and getting opinions I came to the conclusion it was just not worth it.
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Old 07-12-2011, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Our house was completed in 1986. We have a well, a septic system, and a garbage disposal.

The septic tank has been pumped out once since the house was built.

The garbage disposal is only used for small amounts --- mostly the bits that are left on a plate after a meal or scraped out of a pot. No tough, fibrous veggies or bones.

I seldom use bleach.

There are only two of us now, but originally it was hubby, me, and two boys.

So you can have a garbage disposer with a septic system. It just depends on whether you want to keep it on a soft diet!
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