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Unread 12-18-2013, 08:41 AM   #16
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Too much water can ruin you're septic system as well. Many a septic system have been ruined by running the clotheswasher round the clock.

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Unread 12-18-2013, 08:46 AM   #17
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If solids make it to the leach field pumping the septic tank won't help. I suppose if you pump it in time you could keep solids from the field. Anything that is solid and floats will quickly make it to your leach field.

According to our local septic guy Charmin and baby wipes, that are not septic approved, will plug up a leach field quicker than about anything else.
Yep, you shouldn't flush anything other than toilet paper and human waste, if you wish to keep your septic system in good working order. Like I said, tampons and condoms can be a killer.
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Yep, you shouldn't flush anything other than toilet paper and human waste, if you wish to keep your septic system in good working order. Like I said, tampons and condoms can be a killer.
Even then make sure it is septic approved. You also have to remember that if you are on a septic your sinks drain to the septic also. From what I understand cooking oil and grease aren't good for the septic either.
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Unread 12-18-2013, 09:01 AM   #19
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You also have to remember that if you are on a septic your sinks drain to the septic also. From what I understand cooking oil and grease aren't good for the septic either.
Yep...mentioned that earlier too. Thank goodness I'm on city sewer....we're free to flush everything!
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Having a separate gray water system is an added expense, but can save your septic system.
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Yep...mentioned that earlier too. Thank goodness I'm on city sewer....we're free to flush everything!
The sewer people would still like it if you didn't flush baby wipes, condoms, grease, etc. down the drain as it does clog up the lines. There was a story from Europe not to long ago of a big ball of grease and what not stuck in a main line.
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Having a separate gray water system is an added expense, but can save your septic system.
Do you run a seperate leach field for that the same as a regular system?
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Unread 12-18-2013, 09:48 AM   #23
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The sewer people would still like it if you didn't flush baby wipes, condoms, grease, etc. down the drain as it does clog up the lines. There was a story from Europe not to long ago of a big ball of grease and what not stuck in a main line.
The only thing you should ever flush is tp. Anything else messes with the machines and screens. Same with with putting stuff in manhole covers, or storm drains depending where you live.
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The sewer people would still like it if you didn't flush baby wipes, condoms, grease, etc. down the drain as it does clog up the lines. There was a story from Europe not to long ago of a big ball of grease and what not stuck in a main line.
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Do you run a seperate leach field for that the same as a regular system?
I ran a grey water line at my house so that the only thing going in my septic tank is toilet yuck. I just ran it out to the nearest ditch. just put it out far enough that you don't have a soapy wet spot in the middle of your yard. I'm not 100% sure how legal it is, but nobody has ever comes out to my neck of the woods to complain about it. After all it's just dirty dishwater and laundry water.
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I ran a grey water line at my house so that the only thing going in my septic tank is toilet yuck. I just ran it out to the nearest ditch. just put it out far enough that you don't have a soapy wet spot in the middle of your yard. I'm not 100% sure how legal it is, but nobody has ever comes out to my neck of the woods to complain about it. After all it's just dirty dishwater and laundry water.
Even in my area of no building codes and about as much freedom as the US offers that is completely wrong and illegal.

In my area if you have 3 acres I can have a lagoon. Basically a shallow hole where my (completely on your property) were all my sewage goes. Mother Nature does work.

The only requirement is my sewage (of any type) cannot flow off my property.

I have built two homes in my county and have other land I will build on. When I talked to the health department the only advice they gave me was if you keep it on your property (3 acres or more) and nobody complains we don't care. The second some complains we will check on it. The second it leaves your land we promise you we will prosecute to the full extent of the law.
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Do you run a seperate leach field for that the same as a regular system?
Separate, usually. No tank, just run right to a distribution box.

Most household laundry/dish detergents are non-issues for the environment in the usual quantities.
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Separate, usually. No tank, just run right to a distribution box.

Most household laundry/dish detergents are non-issues for the environment in the usual quantities.
Agreed, but any runoff from your home septic, regardless of what it is, that drains into the wrong place can cause you problems.
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Agreed, but any runoff from your home septic, regardless of what it is, that drains into the wrong place can cause you problems.
Especially if you and your neighbors are on well water. Ecoli anybody?
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