Septic tank on Beam truck
Delivery truck in position for unloading septic tank

What am I talking about?

City dwellers don’t have to worry about septic maintenance  stuff except in their portable RVs where they might have a sewage holding tank. I’m not talking about RVs here.

My house is on a septic system, meaning I have to look after the maintenance of my sewage.  In my world, stuff that goes down the drain doesn’t just disappear off my property automatically.

“To kick start your septic, throw an old steak in the tank” is what I heard a relative say when I was talking about my new septic tank being installed.  “What? Does it have to be a good cut or just a round steak?”

That’s crazy talk but it would work.  However, you don’t have to throw anything into your septic tank.  In fact I would recommend you stay away from the tank.  Keep the lid on the tank and don’t take it off.  Especially not to throw good food down the hole.  Don’t put good money in your septic tank either.  By that I mean those store bought chemicals that have weird names

Don’t take my word for it.  the Canadian Housing and Mortgage Commission has some great articles on home building/ownership.  Here’s the link to “Your Septic System” and a quote from the article:

Some manufacturers promote the use of septic tank “cleaners”, “starters” or “enhancers” to aid in the digestion of the waste. These products are typically of little value and are not recommended.

When we moved into the new house, complete with new, empty, clean septic system, we followed some very old traditions to get the septic system working. We held a house party with lots of food and drink.  The result was a lot of #&$! going into the tank when everybody used the bathroom.  From there anaerobic bacteria took over.

Mother nature can be really helpful.

here are some more pictures of my septic tank installation.  Click on the picture to go to the full size image.

Septic tank installation
Tank is being lowered into the big hole
trench with ladder during septic tank installation
trench with ladder during septic tank installation
Septic Tank with Collar on Top
Septic tank placed and collars installed