Hey Al...how'd the pumping go?
The fellow came late yesterday afternoon. He spent two hours here. Pumped the septic and dowsing tanks. I had many questions answered. Also opened the caps on the mound to let the water clear. He explained the entire system and advised how to care for it. A real learning experience. There was quite a bit of sludge in the main tank. The dowsing tank had a few inches of sludge in it. After pumping he flushed each tank and pumped again. I asked about the additives. He told me that the Government tested Rid-X and found that it does not dissolve in water. He recommended bakers yeast or nothing if I have it pumped regularly. As far as laundry detergents he said that today's detergents are low phosphate and would not hurt. But his recommendations all revolve around regular pumping. That's his business but he didn't tell me anything different about regular pumping than what I have already read on Gov. web sites. My wife and I decided a two year pumping schedule would be in order. The cost was $345.00 which included a shock treatment to get the bacteria going.
Oh, about the pipes that stick out of the top of the sand mound. He told me to open two, one on each side and leave the caps off a couple days. It should be done in twos until all have been completed. He said to do that twice a year once in the spring and again in the fall. It helps clean out the plumbing in the mound.
Again thanks to all for your comments.