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Old 11-12-2005, 04:56 PM   #1
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Septic fields and saltwate aquariums

I'm considering moving to house on a septic system. One of the concerns with septic is the AMOUNT of water that you force into the system. We all know that RO/DI systems run a lot of waste water when filtering, but I think I could rig up something to recycle that through the RO/DI to minimize the output.

But what about large dumps of SW into the system? I'm thinking of water changes on a large system...changes that might be 10-20 gallons per week. Does SW have any adverse affects on septic systems?
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Old 11-12-2005, 06:14 PM   #2
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I can not see that being a problem. When you get a bath you end up draining WELL over 20 gallons of water into the septic system and keep in mind that at some homes, there may be three people getting a bath at the same time. When engineers design septic systems I am sure they keep things like this in mind. If your concern is flooding your septic system, I would not be worried at all.

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Old 11-12-2005, 08:11 PM   #3
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Good point....but what about salt water? I suppose salt itself is fairly harmless, but I'm concerned that there might be some effect that I don't understand.
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Old 11-12-2005, 08:23 PM   #4
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I dont dump my SW down the drain because I do not want to take any chances with the SW killing off FW bacteria in the septic that are important to the breaking down of waste.
On the other hand bleach in the wash I'm sure does not help them either. So I just toss it on the side of the house away from any flowers..
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Old 11-12-2005, 09:00 PM   #5
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I just toss mine on the side of the house as well ... for some reason it really makes my grass grow???

I have read that the effects of SW on a septic are not as bad as you would think anyway, what really kills a septic is if A) you drain your wash machine into your system B) you don't use septic safe products worst thing being toilet paper C) every month MAKE SURE you use a product called RID-X and D) have your septic pumped at least once a year depending on size ... 500gallons every year and 1000 gallons every 1 1/2 years!
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Old 11-12-2005, 11:06 PM   #6
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I have had a few septic systems over the years. I have never had one emptied and have never used Ridx. Might look into that but never had any issues.

I also take my water and dump it on the side of the house. I don't have a sink in my basement so that is the only real option at this time. On my last house I did pour it in the sink.

I do worry about the pumps though. I currently have a septic system that has a pump. I would worry about the salt water sitting and corroding the pump. I would think that the normal water use of the house would dilute it but I do wonder about it. I have 2 kids so we do a lot of laundry!
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I have had a few septic systems over the years. I have never had one emptied and have never used Ridx. Might look into that but never had any issues.

You may want to check into it ellisz. Septic systems generally will not show a problem for a long time, but if and when they do the problems can be very expensive. If you own the house the measures I mentioned above will keep your tank(s) and drain field in good shape and prevent any future problems.

I have to replace my drainfield in the house that I just bought ... if I don't do it myself (YUK) I'm looking at like $2000, maybe more! Of course it all depends on the size of your house and what type of system you have, but they are very expensive to replace.


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Old 11-13-2005, 08:00 PM   #9
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My first house we built and I paid for the septic and install. Basically consisted of 2 concrete boxes and about 4-5 lateral lines on about an acre of ground. I lived there 5 years and never did a thing. House is now 8 yrs old and I know the owners and all is well.

The house I have now is similar but one tank pump to the other and then feeds the laterals.

Not doubting you but where did you get your info on Ridx and its uses? I have heard of it but never used it.

Thanks for the information.
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My best friend from Highschool is in the septic buisness and I have now owned 3 houses all on septic! RidX is a product used to rebuild depleted bacteria in your septic, bacteria that is beneficial for breaking down solid waste and turning it into a liquid for drainage into your drain field!!
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