About Septic Systems…

Wife: What is a septic system?

X: A septic system takes the waste from a house, where it runs and collects in a large tank; usually at least 500 gallons, depending on the number of people contributing to the system. A colony of bacteria is  introduced that eats the human waste and toilet paper. The tank drains slowly into what is called a leeching field, and the treated waste disappears harmlessly into the earth. One must be careful though of what puts into the system as it cannot handle some things.

Wife: Like what?

X: Like chlorine bleach and anti-bacterial soap as they can kill the helpful bacteria that eat up all the bad stuff. Also, things like cooking oil, and ladies’ sanitary supplies should not be flushed because the bacteria cannot consume such items.

Wife: So then we can’t use chlorine bleach in the washer?

X: We can here because the washing machine drains over into the side yard and not into the septic tank.

Wife: OK, that’s good. We have lots of anti-bacterial soap. Why can’t we just dump it out and replace it with the Softsoap refill jug?

X: Excellent idea! Take care of that won’t you while I go and pull weeds from the gardens.

Wife: Will do.


X: Did you refill the soap dispensers?

Wife: sure did.

X: What did you do with the anti-bacterial soap?

Wife: I poured them down the drain.

X: You WHAT?



2 thoughts on “About Septic Systems…

  1. The chlorine bleach breaks down into salt water pretty quickly. It might kill some of the bacteria, but it doesn’t remain potent. In fact, if you store chlorine bleach, it’ll break down into salt water within a year or so, right there in the bottle. The thing that really “craps out” a septic system is, believe it or not, the LINT from the washer. Most of the fabrics used these days are synthetic, and don’t break down. The lint from these fabrics makes its way into the leeching field. It doesn’t compost, so over time, it clogs the leeching field. That’s a no-shitter!

    As for the soap; that’s funny!

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