Septic Systems

wanpakumono
on 1/3/21 2:31 pm

I recently moved into a house with a septic system. In our "orientation," we were told to not put oils down the drain. During our first inspection a couple of months later, the septic guy told me we were putting a lot of oil down the drain. This isn't the case: we throw all oils/fats away. My concern is that, due to the surgery, my waste is often oily and floats in the water. I know that oils float on top of the water in the tank. What can be done? Am I going to have to flush the system much more frequently? Do I have any options? My search on the internet has not been successful.

Jmm4321
on 1/3/21 6:38 pm

Do what I do and blame your wife, but don't tell her about it.
The problem is non digested fat coming out of you. Not many options, and it really won't be a big deal for your septic. The guy who pumps the tank will notice but that's it.

airbender
on 1/6/21 6:48 pm

yep...welcome to the DS. You will have to pump more often, and they will think you have been putting a restaurant amount of grease in there!!!

If you have a specific question for me, PM me or I will not see it, as I don't check responses on the forums and don't have anything forwarded to my email.

hollykim
on 1/7/21 9:02 am, edited 1/7/21 1:02 am - Nashville, TN
Revision on 03/18/15
On January 3, 2021 at 10:31 PM Pacific Time, wanpakumono wrote:

I recently moved into a house with a septic system. In our "orientation," we were told to not put oils down the drain. During our first inspection a couple of months later, the septic guy told me we were putting a lot of oil down the drain. This isn't the case: we throw all oils/fats away. My concern is that, due to the surgery, my waste is often oily and floats in the water. I know that oils float on top of the water in the tank. What can be done? Am I going to have to flush the system much more frequently? Do I have any options? My search on the internet has not been successful.

I realize this is a serious and honest topic but... :):):):)

 


          

 

White Dove
on 1/10/21 3:39 am

I did some googling and see that there is something for septic tanks called Oil Sponge. It does not seem to say how much you would need, but I suggest you contact them and see if this is a good solution for you.

https://oilsponge.com/2018/06/05/septic-tank-solutions/

Real life begins where your comfort zone ends

_Shane_
on 2/18/21 6:38 pm, edited 2/18/21 10:43 am
DS on 08/13/18

I find it incredibly hard to imagine the relatively minuscule amount of oils you're "depositing" into the toilet could impact a septic system. I mean, come on, give me a break.. If you just using the bathroom is causing a problem, DS or no DS, that is a wholly inadequate sewage solution and that would be the real problem, not your restroom use. You'd be putting far more grease just washing the the dishes or running a load through your dishwasher.

In any event, this isn't an issue until there's a problem with the septic system, so until then, if it were me, I wouldn't give it another thought. Not much you can really do about it anyway.

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