Septic Tank Clean Out Day!

@CarolDM (18678)
United States
February 22, 2019 10:44am CST
Today is the day to have the septic tanked cleaned out. Woo-hoo! We have lived i this house for eleven years now. The original owners lived here less than one year. The tank has never been cleaned. It is recommended to do this every five years. I have learned some things you all may be interested in knowing. Pixabay photo. If you have a septic tank, it is recommenced NOT to use a garbage disposal. If you have one installed, only use it sparingly. It can clog the drain field. Roots of trees nearby can clog the drain line. Make sure there are no big trees planted near the tank. Of course there are many things we should not flush: sanitary napkins, q-tips, dental floss, diapers, cigarette butts, kleenex, household chemicals, bleach, and grease. Just found out ours was right at the top, could have been disastrous if we had waited. Can you imagine it overflowing in the middle of the night or any time! Now you know what not to do if you have a septic tank. Did you learn anything? Do you have a septic tank?
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@DianneN (108789)
• United States
22 Feb
We have ours cleaned every two years.
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
22 Feb
Good for you. Better safe than sorry.
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@DianneN (108789)
• United States
22 Feb
@CarolDM Definitely!
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
22 Feb
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@amadeo (87174)
• United States
22 Feb
we also have this done every five years.We do have a septic tank. We are very careful what we deposit.
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
22 Feb
Good for you my friend.
@amadeo (87174)
• United States
22 Feb
@CarolDM yes the septic works well.that is all I care
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
22 Feb
@amadeo Good deal.
@LowRiderX (3777)
• Serbia
22 Feb
I don't have a septic tank,I live in a building Well, somebody has to do it
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
22 Feb
Good for you, no maintenance.
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@LowRiderX (3777)
• Serbia
22 Feb
@CarolDM True
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@allknowing (78628)
• India
23 Feb
We have had issues with the clogged tank all because of a tree that had sent its root there. We had to cut down that tree.
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
23 Feb
Yes I have heard of others doing the same. No trees around ours.
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@cindiowens (5176)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
22 Feb
We are on a city system but my mom and dad had tree roots growing through and clogging their septic tank.
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
22 Feb
We are right at the county line. Too bad about your parents.
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@Juliaacv (38814)
• Canada
22 Feb
We lived in our last home for about 21 years. It had a septic tank. We moved into that home when it was about 15 years old and the tank had not ever been cleaned out. The previous owners were a family of 6, so they must have added quite a bit to that tank. I used to put a package of yeast down the toilet every month, and I think that helped it from filling up. Of course about 6 or 7 years before we sold our home, we had to hook up to the septic sewer system that they put in. We had to have our tank decommissioned and back filled.
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
22 Feb
Yes we had a solution recommend by our plumber to use once a month.
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@Courtlynn (60360)
• United States
22 Feb
I don't know when ours was last cleaned, but they (we live in an apartment complex) normally have them done in the summer, when its so hot and gross, which makes the smell 10x worse.
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
22 Feb
Good you don't have to worry about having it done.
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@Courtlynn (60360)
• United States
22 Feb
@CarolDM I would honestly probably forget to do it if it was up to us to do it.
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
22 Feb
@Courtlynn We keep reminders on our calendars for such things to be done.
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@wolfgirl569 (21482)
• Marion, Ohio
22 Feb
We have one and should get it emptied out soon also.
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
22 Feb
You certainly don't want any surprises.
@wolfgirl569 (21482)
• Marion, Ohio
22 Feb
@CarolDM No, especially since it is in my front yard.
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
22 Feb
@wolfgirl569 Same here!
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@moonandstars (13019)
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
23 Feb
My neighbours at the countryside have it and I always recognised the tank which cleaned them that stuff so, I closed my windows on time, thankfully
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
23 Feb
I stayed inside but the guy used a huge hose, there was no smell.
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• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
24 Feb
@CarolDM That's great!
@pjmurphy (1320)
• United States
23 Feb
We have a septic tank and I think it is time to have this done.
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
23 Feb
I am so glad we got it done.
@Corbin5 (134152)
• United States
22 Feb
We have never had a septic tank. Sure makes sense to have it cleaned regularly.
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
22 Feb
We live right at the county line.
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• United States
22 Feb
I don't have a septic tank but I still don't flush any of that stuff anyway. You certainly are lucky your tank didn't overflow
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
22 Feb
Yes we were lucky.
@UncleJoe (12882)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
22 Feb
What a crappy job!
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
22 Feb
Ha! You said it.
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@Hate2Iron (11314)
• Canada
22 Feb
Our last house in Manitoba had one and we were told to have it cleaned out each year. We didn't know any better so that's what we did!! No septic tank with the new house though!!
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
22 Feb
Each year? We are told every five years.
@JohnRoberts (76292)
• Los Angeles, California
22 Feb
That job certainly stinks.
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
22 Feb
Yes sir it does.
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@myklj999 (24490)
• Olney, Illinois
22 Feb
Had the ol' honey-truck drop by for a visit eh?
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@CarolDM (18678)
• United States
22 Feb
You know it! That would be a fun job.
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@JudyEv (156038)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Feb
Ours did overflow, the day we got back from overseas! So that was a lesson to us.
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• United States
23 Feb
Great piece of information. I do have a septic tank. Will look into doing that soon. Thanks for sharing.
@sofssu (22812)
23 Feb
We do not have septic tanks here.. its all connected to the sewage lines of the city.
@shaggin (43187)
• United States
23 Feb
Oh yikes I had no idea they should be emptied every 5 years! My boyfriend has been at his trailer he rents for about 3 years now. I wonder when it was emptied last. I am so glad I have town sewer.