HELP!! septic questions
My low-pressure system has an alarm that tells you when the tank is too full. This has happened when the circuit breaker trips and the pump stops pumping for awhile. It just needed to have the ground fault circuit breaker reset in the crawl space.
Do you know if you have a gravity system or low-pressure?
If you've been there 5 years and never had it pumped it might be time to do that.
In any case, it would be best to check all your options before replacing the whole shebang. My existing system was fine when it was installed but now would not pass today's tougher requirements. If I had to replace it, I'd be in trouble.
If you have checked all the things you can, I suggest you call a plumber to go from there.
[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited June 13, 2002).]
If it's not overly full, then I would go the plumber route. If it is too full, then chances are that pumping would help.
Here is a good URL for more info. This one also advises NOT to use those products. http://swopnet.com/geo_wastewater_2000/machmeier/Machmeier_Care_n_Feed.html
One more thing for safety: it says NOT to go down into your septic tank, as you can be asphyxiated.
I just realized I should have read your post more closely. My response didn't match the question. The author in the above-mentioned URL says "normal amounts" of soaps, bleaches, etc. won't harm your system. It's worth reading.
One comment about doing it yourself. I think that many areas require permits and inspections. You should check on that before proceeding.
[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited June 17, 2002).]
As for problems caused by anti-bacterial soaps: Sounds plausible, plausible enough to be an urban myth. But anyway, I quit using those soap a few years ago. Regular soap will kill bacteria harmful to humans. Even antibacterial soap won't do any good if people don't use it. There is some evidence (another myth, junk science???) that shows anti-bacterial soap promotes bacteria that are resistant to anti-biotics.