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I use a product called "SEPTICARE" monthly. www.septicare.com
It keeps the tank working properly and free of blockages. I also use only liquid soap in the laundry and kitchen.The liquid soaps do not 'clump' in the tank and form soap 'boulders' that can plug the drain field lines.
The Septic company can raise your existing cover to the surface of the lawn if you like, the cost dependent on how far under the finished grade is.
What we always suggested to our clients who did this was to purchase or build a wishing well to sit on top of the cover to hide it from view. or at least provide us with the location for future
Still do not want that? Then using a measuring tape measure from two points on the house to the cover. This will triangulate the top of the cover so you always remember where its located even in the winter if you experience snow in your area. In our last home we had a septic system and also did the distribution box for the field as we always had this checked when ever we pumped the tank.
Costs in the NJ area run now because of fuel costs, @$500. Used to be about $350-$400 depending on how full of solids the tank was.
By using Septicare monthly, I only need to have my tank serviced every three to five years. (which is recommended).
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This is copied from the EPA web site.
Because of the presence of significant numbers and types of bacteria, enzymes, yeasts, and other fungi and microorganisms in typical residential and commercial wastewaters, the use of septic system additives containing these or any other ingredients is not recommended. The benefits of consumer products sold as septic system cleaners, degraders, decomposers, deodorizers, organic digesters, or enhancers are not significant or have not been demonstrated conclusively, depending on the product. Some of these products can actually interfere with treatment processes, affect biological decomposition of wastes, contribute to system clogging, and contaminate ground water. The septic tank/soil absorption field system is the most commonly used onsite wastewater treatment system in the United States. It is relatively low in cost, has no moving parts, and requires little maintenance.
Believe what you want. But I have been around enough of these systems in my many years to understand what I have seen these types of products do.
If the homeowner properly maintains their system and does not flush grease or other UN-biodegradable materials down the toilet, then there is no reason to use any additional product, yeast or magic fairy dust down with the waste.
These products are simply a magic cure for those who do not properly maintain their systems as they should. Much like gasoline additives that are supposed to boost your mileage instead of tuning the car up as it is supposed to be.
Its been documented by health departments, city and state departments, and the EPA. It is not recommended and is a waste of money that can only ruin a septic field by introducing more digested solids then they are designed to deal with.
I will say I do not deny that your product will not digest more solids in the main tank. There are a lot of other products that also do what your product claims, but that is where they are supposed to be held. Not broken down so they move with the effluent out into the field where a natural matting takes place thus ruining the perk.
Still another site http://www.agwt.org/info/septicsystems.htm States that the use of these additives can ruin the field by introducing additional sludge and scum to be flushed into the field thus plugging the holes in the drainage pipes.
If you use a garbage disposal although not recommended, pump more often.
That is it!.
People just do not understand that for a three or four hundred dollars every three years they
In fact with the invention of the low water toilet and the High Efficiency washer less water is going down the system allowing it to work even better.
Never add things that do not digest, like condoms, Tampax, chicken bones,,,,every septic pump guy has a lot of stories to tell if you want to listen. Just stay upwind of him!
And use single ply toilet paper labeled as being safe for septic systems.