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Old 08-27-2012, 06:07 PM   #15
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But, respectfully, active and healthy home septic systems don't need any additive at all. The home septic system only requires time and a lack of oxygen. Don't waste time and money on anything.
tinkerreknit did you mean lots of oxegen instaed of lack? mine has an aerat,or motor to force air into the septic tank.
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:12 PM   #16
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We use "RV Digest It" exclusively in our holding tanks and do dump to our home septic tank often.

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Bacteria can be of a number of different types, Anaerobic, which don't need or sometimes even thrive in oxygen, and Aerobic, which require oxygen. Since things slosh around in a black tank, I'd imagine most of the bacteria are Aerobic. Most septic tanks are Anaerobic since they aren't vented. Some bacteria can be both types, and we have both types in our digestive systems. Adding bacteria to a holding tank accelerates the action, reduces odor, and replenishes the ones that get flushed out when the tank is emptied and rinsed. Formaldehyde is a poison, deadly to bacteria and other living things, used to preserve specimens in the lab. Why would you add it to a black tank? It might cut down the odor, but also stops the bacterial digestion of the waste that could lead to a stopped up system. I'm off to have supper.
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Not only is Formaldehyde antibacterial, in June 2011, the US National Toxicology Program described formaldehyde as "known to be a human carcinogen. Why would we want to give cancer to those hard working little bacteria? We've already made them eat S---.
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tinkerreknit did you mean lots of oxegen instaed of lack? mine has an aerat,or motor to force air into the septic tank.
Mike, I was referring to the common residential anaerobic septic system where there is a lack of oxygen.
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Some newer systems are aerobic to promote the more aggressive bacteria that thrive in that environment. As long as the septic tank is over 500 gallons dumping an RV tank that is formaldahyde free should not be a problem for a healthy system. 40 gallons is what many top load washing machines use in one wash cycle. I would wait at least half a day before dumping the entire gray tank though. Just open the gray flush a moment to clear out the sewer hose of any black tank residue. If it has been raining hard I would wait at least until a day has passed since the rain stops also. You may want to consider holding off any long showers in the home or laundry etc that also drains into that system. Note that some of the more modern system may have a separate leach for laundry or showers.
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I must wayin on the lack of oxygen in a normal septic system,all normal systems have oxygen. See those pipes coming out you roof on your S/B house, they connect to your septic. That P-Trap under your sink keeps sewer gases from entering your house( it's not just to catch rings dropped down the drain). Newer systems that are mound or sand trap will often have a vent sticking out of the ground and are a 2 tank system. 1st tank catches solids and efuent goes into the second tank and is pumped to the mound or sandtrap. I was a plumber for 35 years John.
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After reading all of this I only have 1 question.

Were did thay get PVC pipe during the depression?
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My big question is, why would anyone want a home dump station unless they were living permanently in the MH at their residence. I'm sure not saying it is wrong, I just don't see the logic. Again, "it's me, not you".
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Oh yeah, after reading this thread, I kept getting flash backs of CHRISTMAS VACATION. Cousin Eddie, outside in his robe, emptying the back tank into a storm sewer at the curb, yelling out "Merry Christmas the sh***er was full"!
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I put in a 1" pipe to the cleanout and I use Sewage Solution to dump into my home septic system.
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I live by the GEO Method of odor control and cannot imagine that would pose any problems for the home septic system.
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After reading all of this I only have 1 question.

Were did thay get PVC pipe during the depression?
They used tar paper to roll their own sewer pipes back then.
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They used tar paper to roll their own sewer pipes back then.


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