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Old 08-02-2015, 02:23 PM   #31
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I have been looking into this at my parents house for when we visit. A friend of the family who runs a septic service warned us to not dump the tanks directly into the septic system. Most septic systems have a tank and a drainage field. The tank is supposed to receive the sewage from your house and allow the solids to settle and the liquids to separate. The liquids eventually get pushed out to the drainage field. If you dump large amounts of liquid into the tank you risk stirring up the sludge at the bottom of the tank and pushing it out to the drainage field. This could create blockage in the drainage field system which is expensive to repair and will result in a wet and smelly lawn...dump your tanks slowly!
I think the likelihood of this is greater if you have an older, single-chamber tank. Mine has two chambers separated by a baffle to prevent short-circuiting. It also has a strainer on the outlet pipe to catch solids before they can get into the drain field lines. And, we have our septic tank pumped as needed to keep the sludge level where it is supposed to be. A tank overfilled with sludge is going to be stirred up by a heavy inflow.

Normally I empty the holding tanks when departing the campground to lighten the load. When I get home there is only a small volume which gets dumped into the septic tank. Your point to dump the tanks slowly is still a good thing to remember.
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Old 01-11-2016, 05:17 PM   #32
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I used to dump into my septic tank vent. Now that I have sewer, I've extended one of the cleanouts by putting a tee into it. I'm about four feet from the driveway--can't beat it!
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Old 01-11-2016, 07:24 PM   #33
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I have full hookup at the house and wouldn't have it any other way.
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Old 01-11-2016, 08:32 PM   #34
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Maybe not just corn. Back in the days that I was involved with biological waste water treatment systems and environmental site cleanup I learned to look for a clue. If tomato plants are growing in farmer fields where only another crop is supposed to be, likely someone has been dumping untreated sewage. Humans don't digest tomato seeds. When the seeds land in a fertile field with waste water they germinate just fine. It happens more than people would like to know.

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Old 01-11-2016, 08:56 PM   #35
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I just want to clarify for some that may be reading this thread. Every state has different waste management practices. Here in Houston, manhole covers go over rain water run off. Black water and grey water go in a separate system. These are separate systems. Do not confuse the two if your city/state has the same separated systems.

I see how NY and other states handle true sewage and all I can do is shake my head (they are on one system). I understand it would cost billions to change but it is still pretty disgusting when it floods!!!!
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Old 01-11-2016, 10:05 PM   #36
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In my neighborhood, the storm drains are separate from sewer. The cul-de-sac manhole is for outgoing poo only from the four houses here.

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Old 01-12-2016, 09:56 AM   #37
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Murff- I love your avatar! I am glad I don't live near some of you that dump in your field.
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We spoke to our septic tank maintenance company about installing a trailer dump. The technician strongly advised against it.
As he explained to us, the chemicals that are used in a trailer black tank (as a short term waste holding tank) are designed to liquefy the waste and other solids. When introduced to your home's septic tank, that same chemical has the effect of killing the needed bacteria for a proper break down of solid waste material. He told us that could lead to premature field failure. I tend to believe him, as he has nothing to gain -- in fact, he would benefit if I ruined my field.
IMO, it is too much of a risk to take just for the convenience of dumping at home. We just make sure we dump the tanks prior to leaving the campground.
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Many homes have on their property a clean-out between their house and the sewer system running down the street, making it very easy to lift the small concrete lid and empty the tank.
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We spoke to our septic tank maintenance company about installing a trailer dump. The technician strongly advised against it.
As he explained to us, the chemicals that are used in a trailer black tank (as a short term waste holding tank) are designed to liquefy the waste and other solids. When introduced to your home's septic tank, that same chemical has the effect of killing the needed bacteria for a proper break down of solid waste material. He told us that could lead to premature field failure. I tend to believe him, as he has nothing to gain -- in fact, he would benefit if I ruined my field.
IMO, it is too much of a risk to take just for the convenience of dumping at home. We just make sure we dump the tanks prior to leaving the campground.
IMHO, dumping only the owner's trailer into the owner's septic tank there would be excellent control of what was dumped into the septic tank. Not everyone uses septic tank 'unfriendly' chemicals in their trailer tank(s); we don't.

A person that uses 'unfriendly' chemicals could always dump and flush them prior to returning home and not add the chemical(s). Then dumping the black tank at home would be virtually like flushing the toilet.

That's just MHO.
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