Talkin’ Septic Tank Sludge
Living in the city most of our lives, we didn’t really think too much about the water and sewer at our house, unless the government’s fee for them went up.
Here, we don’t get a monthly reminder of our water or sewer, it’s all our responsibility out here.
The septic tank is not something we like to think about, but when you live in the country, it’s necessary in order to keep from having a disaster.
We’ve never had the septic tank pumped, but Dale and I talked about it this past weekend. Not pleasant conversation but necessary.
Professionals recommend an annual inspection, but when you’re just making ends meat most of the time, working in something that isn’t an emergency is hard.
I do what I can to keep the bad stuff out of the septic tank. I use environmentally friendly cleaners, no bleach, septic tank approved toilet paper and no stupid things such as paper towels or coffee grinds.
We put commercial additives down the pipes all along, but Dale recently had a conversation with a guy who inspects and pumps the tanks at his work and that pro told Dale that commercial additives do more harm than good.
According to him, they keep the good bacteria in, but they also eat at the concrete flooring of the septic itself.
Oops. A couple of months back, I quit with the additives and now add 2 packets of simple yeast, one for each toilet on the system, as the guy recommended.
No, where our sewage goes isn’t a happy thought here at Our Little House, but better to think about it now than when it is an emergency.
What do you add to your septic system? Have you heard that commercial products can be harmful for them?