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Old 01-11-2009, 02:44 AM   #1
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I am wondering what sanitizers and amounts may affect a septic tank. I have read where some say they are safe for septic tanks but many say nothing. This may already have been discussed but I could not find where.

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Old 01-11-2009, 02:54 AM   #2
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You'd think by the time it go to the septic thank it would be too deluded to hurt any thing

You put bleach in your washing machine right? That doesn't hurt anything

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Old 01-11-2009, 03:25 AM   #3
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Well most washing machines do not flow into the septic system. Septic takes work with all kinds of lil critters. If it does not say septic safe, I would either A: Dont run it down the drain, or B: Ask the manufacture.

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Old 01-11-2009, 03:34 AM   #4
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You might have issues if you dump large batches of sanitizer into the septic, I always dump my larger (5 gallons) batches of iodophor in my back yard away from the septic. sanitizers aside, PBW specifically says its septic safe and I haven't had any problems dumping it down the drain.

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Old 01-11-2009, 03:58 AM   #5
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I have also been dumping my larger batches in the back yard. I do dump the used yeasties down the drain though, wonder if that speeds up things down there?

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I have a septic tank too. PBW and Starsan from 5 Star Chemical are both septic safe.

I dump both and my yeasties down the drain.

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I have also been dumping my larger batches in the back yard. I do dump the used yeasties down the drain though, wonder if that speeds up things down there?
Is the septic tank the new, hot fermentation vessel?

Are we going to see a "Should I use a blow-off hose for my 1900 gallon septic tank?" thread?
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Old 01-11-2009, 05:03 AM   #8
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Well most washing machines do not flow into the septic system.
Where exactly would the water from my washing machine go if not into my septic system? Is there a cadre of gnomes who crawl into the washer at the end of the cycle and form a bucket brigade to dump the washwater in the backyard?

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I always dump my larger (5 gallons) batches of iodophor in my back yard
Me too.
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You'd think by the time it go to the septic thank it would be too deluded to hurt any thing
Yeah, if you're so deluded that you find yourself in a septic tank, you're probably harmless.


Small sporadic quantities of sanitizer are harmless to your septic system. Just make sure you put in your bacterial cultures, Septo-Bac or equivalent, on a regular basis and you'll be fine.
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Old 01-11-2009, 02:11 PM   #10
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some people myself included have a separate "gray water" system for washing machines dishwashers etc, basically anything that doesnt have feces in it can go into a separate system and water the plants instead of being processed by the septic system.

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