chemung wrote: ... Looking for opinions (info) from more experienced rural people.
I have a sand mound...rough local estimate of a sand mound replacement in my area is over 10 grand...so I'll ask the $10,000 dollar question...do you want opinions from septic system owners or do you think you should be asking the experts that clean, inspect, and install septic systems?
Reason...My opinion is... do not put anything into your septic system except what the septic system is designed to have put in it....such as gray water and sewage. No additives needed or required. Buy septic safe toilet paper only. Other than human waste septic safe toilet paper is the only other man made thing that should be flushed into your system (other than the soaps that are present in the gray water). Use powder laundry detergent only...liquid laundry detergent is not septic safe. I have my tanks pumped and inspected every 3 years because it is me and 3 women in the house. The last time it was pumped and inspected he said I could have gone longer but keep up what we are doing....charge was $260....a lot less than $10,000.
If you like to wash grease down your sink with dirty dishes you're on your way to that big septic system replacement bill.
Less people in the house is less strain on the system. Freddy is right in a way yet wrong in another. A septic system in PA is designed in size by the # of Bedrooms (1.5 people per bedroom) and the PERC. The smallest septic system in PA is based on 3 bedrooms. Acceptable PERC means 3 bedroom system. Can never be smaller but will be bigger if it is a slow PERC or more bedrooms. Where Freddy is somewhat right is that you could
be safe for 5 years being that it is for example, 3 bedroom home x 1.5 people = no more than 4 people living in the house and you are careful with your system. If you are living in an over crowded 3 bedroom home (or you expanded your home in order to house more kids)...I wouldn't wait 5 years to have it inspected.
One friend hasn't had his system pumped or inspected in 9 years...he uses an additive that says if you use our product you'll never have to pump your system....I don't have $10 grand laying around to fix my system if they are lying.
Rid-X is recommended by some but experts will tell you it is not necessary. My opinion is ask your local experts if you should be putting additives into your system....my local expert will actually go to people's houses just to educate them on their system....at no charge with no sales pitch. Took his lesson to my Sewage Enforcement Officer and asked his opinion...same answers. No yeast, No Rid-X, no additives, pump and inspect every 3 to 5 depending on how hard the system is used.
Summary....call 2 local experts...companies that pump and inspect...ask the same questions to both ...compare notes.
These are my opinions and I am not
an expert at septic systems.