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    Darn it has a septic tank

    As some of you know, I have been looking for a new house. Still looking I thought I found the perfect place when I ran across this little shack. But sadly it has a septic tank. Guess I will have to pass on this one too.

    http://www.howardhanna.com/property/...sName=Westpenn
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    Not man enough to handle a septic tank?
    We bought our house with one... we knew there was a problem with the greywater tank when we bought it, and used that to get some money back at closing. I am still trying to do the ballpark septic v. sewer bill math, but it seems like it should be pretty close.
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    poop on ya neehbeers lawn

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    also that garbage disposal sends a lot of extra material to the tank causing increased cleaning frequency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    poop on ya neehbeers lawn
    Pardon me. Do you have any Gray poop lawn?
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    Quote Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
    Pardon me. Do you have any Gray poop lawn?
    That was a crappy joke.

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    I want to know what someone does with 8 full bathrooms and only 6 bedrooms.
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    i have more bathrooms then i have rooms i just shut off the plumbing to the other bathrooms .so i dont have to worry about leaks

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    Quote Originally Posted by overthehillmedi View Post
    also that garbage disposal sends a lot of extra material to the tank causing increased cleaning frequency.
    We don't-- and can't-- have a garbage disposal in the house. The septic permit says so. The simpler plumbing makes me very happy.
    The greywater system does have a 1/32nd inch filter on it to keep food and laundry lint out of the drainage. Which reminds me, I should have a look at that sometime.

    Quote Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
    I want to know what someone does with 8 full bathrooms and only 6 bedrooms.
    ... I used to live in a 2bd 2.5ba condo... but 6/8 is just silly.
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    Have an auxiliary tank installed and you're golden. My cousins have a place where local sewage is not an option, and whenever they had guests the septic would start to reek up the house... Got a second tank that takes care of half of their bathrooms and it's fine.

    Ya gotta think a septic is more "green" too, right? Can't say I've done the research or thought about it all that much, but that'd be my first instinct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overthehillmedi View Post
    also that garbage disposal sends a lot of extra material to the tank causing increased cleaning frequency.
    remove it.
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    Yet more proof that I'm.. well, pretty much right about everything.

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    There's nothing wrong with a septic tank. Don't use a disposal and don't flush idiotic/non-degrading items down the toilet and you'll be fine. I lived in a house with one for 25 years. It was pumped once in all that time.

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    Our house has a split system:
    - 1100gal brand new gravity feed for the kitchen/laundry
    - dual 1000gal pump-fed for the bathrooms, built 2011

    No trouble yet and it waters and feeds most of the yard for free.
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    I grew up in a house with one and I think it got replaced when it was about 20 years or so old. Maybe 25. Tree roots had damaged the tile field or some such. Couldn't have a garbage disposal, but that's not such a big deal. Veggie waste went to the compost pile and meat waste went to the dogs. Having own well made water much cheaper (sucked though when we lost power in storms and the air in our air compressor ran out - pushing air down there pushed water up, once that was gone we had to get lake water to flush toilets and that was a pain in winters).
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    Our house has a split system:
    - 1100gal brand new gravity feed for the kitchen/laundry
    - dual 1000gal pump-fed for the bathrooms, built 2011

    No trouble yet and it waters and feeds most of the yard for free.
    That sounds like a lot of capacity, how much tinkling would it take to fill up those tanks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    That sounds like a lot of capacity, how much tinkling would it take to fill up those tanks?
    I could do the math, but that wouldn't include things like my long showers or the non-High Efficiency washer.
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    wow, 66k just in taxes. Must be nice. 66K would pay my house off.
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    IMO, a septic tank is a plus. We have Septic with leach field... had the septic emptied in 2007 (we bought the place in 88, but have no idea when it was last emptied prior to '07). We have a separate system for grey water, and have well water. Why pay a monthly bill for something free? Yeah, so to be on the safe side, the well gets bleached 2x per year.

    (and, jsharr... annual real estate & property taxes = $346.68)
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    You forgot to mention the free heating.

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    Why is a septic tank an issue? I've lived in houses with and without. Only issue is if they fail. If I was considering a new house purchase and had any qualms about the system, I'd pay to have a septic system guy take a look at the plans (should be filed with the municipality), check it out physically, and given a thumbs-up by someone who knows what they're doing, go ahead with it.

    Currently, we pay for sewer and we pay more for sewer than we ever had to for regular septic system maintenance.
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    We've had a disposal on our septic system for fifty years now and never had an issue.
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    So which of you septic users throws enzymes or whatever into the septic system to aid digestion? I have heard it is useful and I have heard not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    So which of you septic users throws enzymes or whatever into the septic system to aid digestion? I have heard it is useful and I have heard not.
    I've heard of people putting dead chickens in outhouses before, have you tried flushing one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    So which of you septic users throws enzymes or whatever into the septic system to aid digestion? I have heard it is useful and I have heard not.
    Haven't been on a septic tank system in 20+ years....but from what I remember, the biggest issue was avoiding bleach and other chemicals that would kill off the little beasties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    So which of you septic users throws enzymes or whatever into the septic system to aid digestion? I have heard it is useful and I have heard not.
    Never used it.

    But we never:
    - had or used a garbage disposal in conjunction with a septic system
    - flushed things you shouldn't flush (condoms, sanitary napkins, etc.)
    - poured industrial-strength cleansers or other toxic waste down the drain.

    In 17 years of experience with two septic systems, we had to have one of them pumped, once...
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