During the septic pumping I learned from Tommy the Septic man that we have 3 tanks. Basically two for sludge and 1 that is a pump tank that takes care of all the liquids. If the septic system backs up into the the third tank that is when you incur all kinds of extra expenses.
My paperwork gives the following warnings regarding your septic:
- Don't wash more then two loads a day
- Don't put in grease, fats and oils
- use the garbage disposal sparingly (thus we compost)
- No chemical or mop water into the system
- No non biodegradable items (such as the tea cup and pecans found in our system)
- don't use citrus products
- don't use too much water (no long showers!)
- No strong disinfectants like Lysol, pine sol and tidy bowl
- Use low sudsing, low phosphate and biodegradable washing products
- No liquid fabric softener or laundry detergent
- Recommends use of ivory, sunlight dish washing cascade, sunlight dishwasher detergents, Comet & Biz and baking soda.
And of course everything that occurs around here is a homeschool learning event and the ever curious students learned a lot from Mr Tommy too!
So I encourage everyone with a septic system to check it out and get it pumped before you really have to pay the big bucks!