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Old 08-04-2009, 10:44 PM   #21
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Yes. This is why I will never, never, ever buy a home with a septic system, no matter HOW gorgeous it is, or how cheap it is. A (city) girl has to draw a line somewhere and this is it.
Nothing to be afraid of. I've lived in homes on septic systems for all but ~ 20 years of my life.

I've had sewers and drains back up in the houses that were on municipal sewers - that is a mess and you call the pros. I've had almost zero problems with any of the septic systems, and when you do, you call the pros. Those problems were less of a mess, as they took place out in the septic field, away from the house. The routine pumping is the same, you call the pros. No muss, no fuss.

I don't know what municipal sewer rates run these days, but septic might be cheaper in the long run. And probably better for the environment (assuming a properly working system).

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You folks are modern day wimps. I grew up in houses with septic ranks & they were never pumped out. It seems nowadays they are just holding tanks.
+1 My weekend place has a septic system. We are only down there on weekends (summer) and less frequently in winter. No garbage disposal. Some knowledgeable people have advised me that at that level of use I don't have to worry about pumping the tank. It will take care of itself. Contrary opinions are welcome.
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Just think of a septic tank of a home as a very large black tank on an RV. And the emptying is done by a hired expert, not yourself.

Does it help you any?
Sounds like yet another excellent reason not to buy an RV.
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Nothing to be afraid of. I've lived in homes on septic systems for all but ~ 20 years of my life.

I've had sewers and drains back up in the houses that were on municipal sewers - that is a mess and you call the pros. I've had almost zero problems with any of the septic systems, and when you do, you call the pros. Those problems were less of a mess, as they took place out in the septic field, away from the house. The routine pumping is the same, you call the pros. No muss, no fuss.

I don't know what municipal sewer rates run these days, but septic might be cheaper in the long run. And probably better for the environment (assuming a properly working system).

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I have lived in houses on municipal sewer systems for 61 years, and have never had to call a plumber for anything but a leaky faucet. I am glad that someone likes septic systems but it is unlikely that I would change my mind about them. Just the "sludge" discussions on the first page of this thread were more than enough for me, thanks.
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Nothing to be afraid of. I've lived in homes on septic systems for all but ~ 20 years of my life.

...I've had almost zero problems with any of the septic systems, and when you do, you call the pros. Those problems were less of a mess, as they took place out in the septic field, away from the house. The routine pumping is the same, you call the pros. No muss, no fuss.

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Same here. My septic company is very efficient, i.e. they show up when they say they will, they charge a flat fee.
The young guy who does the "dirty w*rk" is a real character. He makes me laugh with some of his stories.
We move the Roman statue that I use to camouflage the top of the above-ground stack.
I set him up with the garden hose. When he is ready to open the stack and do the job, I disappear and leave him to his "craft".
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Old 08-05-2009, 08:54 AM   #25
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+1 My weekend place has a septic system. We are only down there on weekends (summer) and less frequently in winter. No garbage disposal. Some knowledgeable people have advised me that at that level of use I don't have to worry about pumping the tank. It will take care of itself. Contrary opinions are welcome.
donheff, your experience in no way confirms (the "+1") what Kahn wrote. Since you use it so little, the pumping frequency is extended greatly. That just is not comparable to a family home occupied 365 days a year.


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I am glad that someone likes septic systems but it is unlikely that I would change my mind about them. Just the "sludge" discussions on the first page of this thread were more than enough for me, thanks.
I'm not looking to change your mind, but I can't help but notice that the logic is faulty. Read the posts - the homeowner never needs to confront the "sludge" unless they choose the DIY route. You pay a reasonable amount to have the work done. End of story in 99.99% of the cases.

I don't like the idea of ripping into a major engine repair, there is dirty oil in the engine, some sludge in the oil pan, and I might skin my knuckles. Following your train of thought, I should not own a car.

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