New septic system.

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by Ringwood, May 24, 2010.

  1. Ringwood

    Ringwood New Member

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    Hi All,

    I installed a septic system at my cabin in central Maine 3 years ago. It has a 1000 gal poly tank. It is to code with the blessing of the local code inspector. This is my first experience with a septic system, so I have a few questions.

    I have not used the septic system yet, but I will be getting the plumbing finished up this spring. It will get very light usage being a weekend camp for now. What is the best way to start this system up?
    Should I get some water in there so the initial solids have some liquid to dissolve in?
    Is a garbage disposal a good or bad idea?
    I am also looking for do's and don'ts about washing machine use with the septic system.

    Thanks for any advice,
    Sid
  2. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Connecticut
    Just use it!
    The system will take care of starting up itself...
  3. Doherty Plumbing

    Doherty Plumbing Journeyman & Gas Fitter

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    Use liquid laundry soap and don't use any hand soaps that are anti-bacterial.
  4. Lightwave

    Lightwave New Member

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    Vancouver, BC
    Bad idea. Septics don't like solids.
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