Rid-X For Septic Systems: Any Good ?

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  1. Robert11

    Robert11 Guest

    Hello:

    That product for septic systems, Rid-X, is it any good ?

    or, just "good" advertising ?

    Any thoughts on would be appreciated.

    Bob
    Robert11, Feb 3, 2005
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    Matt Guest

    Re: Rid-X For Septic Systems: Any Good ?

    It's pretty good on cornflakes. Don't put it on Lucky Charms tho.
    Matt, Feb 3, 2005
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    Barkie McDog Guest

    Re: Rid-X For Septic Systems: Any Good ?

    Matt wrote:
    > It's pretty good on cornflakes. Don't put it on Lucky Charms tho.


    I hear it's great with crabs too. So I've read anyway.
    Barkie McDog, Feb 3, 2005
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  4. Robert11

    Matt Guest

    Re: Rid-X For Septic Systems: Any Good ?

    Yeah. I think if you eat enough of it, then it absorbs all your shit
    before it needs to exit your body, and therefore, your septic system
    never fills up.

    Or maybe you die if you eat it, and therefore, your septic system never
    fills up.

    I can't remember which it is.

    Maybe Jeff Wisnia will have a bowl and let us know.
    Matt, Feb 3, 2005
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    Bob S. Guest

    Re: Rid-X For Septic Systems: Any Good ?

    Robert11 wrote:
    > Hello:
    >
    > That product for septic systems, Rid-X, is it any good ?
    >
    > or, just "good" advertising ?
    >
    > Any thoughts on would be appreciated.
    >
    > Bob


    I guess you'd appreciate an honest opinion instead of a wise-ass remark
    about now.

    Yes, it's a good product as are many other brands. All are concentrated
    bacteria designed to breakdown organic material in your septic tank.

    What is more important, however, is what else is going down the septic
    system. If you flush comdoms, Kotex pads, plastic trash, etc., no
    amount of Rid-x is going to do you any good.

    If you can lift the flush-out lid on your tank, take a look inside. In
    a properly maintained tank there should be little to no material
    floating on the surface of the sewage. That means the tank has
    sufficient bacteria to handle the products going into it.

    I use Rid-x about every 4-6 weeks and am careful about what goes into
    the tank. After 10 years of use there was about 1" of sludge on the
    bottom of the tank. At that rate it may never need pumping out again.
    Bob S.
    Bob S., Feb 4, 2005
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    toller Guest

    Septic system manufacturers say additives do not help. They have no reason
    to lie, since they want you to be happy with your system; so I figure
    additives do not help.
    toller, Feb 4, 2005
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  7. Robert11

    Matt Guest

    Re: Rid-X For Septic Systems: Any Good ?

    I've never had a septic system. But I always figured Rid-x was full of
    shit for 2 reasons:

    1. Anyone who runs an ad campaign with people who make a living pumping
    shit giving advice that supposedly will reduce the number of times they
    have to come pump shit - is bullshit.

    2. Any ad that actually shows little cartoons in the process of
    breaking down shit - is a shitty ad.

    Hence, rid-x is full of shit.

    But, they have been able to bullshit a lot of people with their crap,
    as somehow they manage to run their shitty ads on national tv in prime
    time.

    Viva la rid-x!
    Matt, Feb 4, 2005
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    Matt Guest

    Re: Rid-X For Septic Systems: Any Good ?

    That brings up an interesting point. What is the politically correct
    method of disposing of condoms these days?

    Flushing? Trash? Composting? Recycling?

    Effi, please let us know.
    Matt, Feb 4, 2005
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  9. Robert11

    Bob S. Guest

    Re: Rid-X For Septic Systems: Any Good ?

    Eric Tonks wrote:

    > If you don't have sludge in the bottom of your tank you must be

    flushing it
    > out into your leaching field. That is what Rid-X is well known for,

    stirring
    > up the sludge into the liquid so that it can flow into the leaching

    field
    > and clog it up.


    No! Sludge is heavier than water and settles at the bottom of the tank.
    It cannot get into the leach field until it builds up to the level of
    the tank output line. Rid-x is concentrated bacteria. It has NO
    properties for stirring up sludge.

    > You should have sludge in the bottom of a tank that has not been

    pumped out.
    > That is all the non-organic materials that go down the drain. One

    major
    > non-organic item is minerals and grit which is from all the dirt that

    is
    > flushed down the drain every time you wash yourself. This is the

    stuff that
    > should be pumped out on a regular basis not stirred up and drained

    into your
    > leach piping.


    Agreed that sand and grit cannot be broken down by bacteria and remains
    at the bottom of the tank as a prime ingredient of sludge. However,
    using a 1000 gal. septic tank would require a LOT of dirt. Personally,
    I'm not that dirty.

    Contrary to the opinions of many others, who's opinions I do NOT agree
    with, here's why Rid-X, or any other similar product, is ocassionally a
    good idea to use:
    (1)It takes bacteria to break down organic material into soft liquids
    that flush out into the leach field. The "primary" source of bacteria
    is feces.
    (2)Chlorine kills bacteria. Chlorine enters the septic system from
    household clensers and clothes wash products.
    (3) The more people in a family, the more feces, but also the more
    table scraps, grease, and clothes wash (chlorine).
    (4) Over a period of time, the bacteria level drops until it cannot
    keep up with the organic input. And your sludge level starts rising
    dramatically.

    Do you NEED to add Rid-x or other type products? NO.
    Will you have to have your tank pumped more often if you don't? YES

    So do you pay the septic tank service company more oftem for a
    cleanout, or pay a merchant for a septic tank additive? Your call. But
    as I stated in an earlier post, I had my tank cleaned after 10 years
    use just because I didn't know how it was building up. I watched the
    whole process. It only had about 1-2 inches of sludge. The service man
    stated it was the "cleanest" tank he'd seen in a long, long time and
    for me to continue doing what I have been doing. And that is adding an
    additive occasionally.

    Others have their opinions, but I have seen the facts.

    Bob S.
    Bob S., Feb 4, 2005
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  10. Robert11

    Bob S. Guest

    Re: Rid-X For Septic Systems: Any Good ?

    Eric Tonks wrote:

    > If you don't have sludge in the bottom of your tank you must be

    flushing it
    > out into your leaching field. That is what Rid-X is well known for,

    stirring
    > up the sludge into the liquid so that it can flow into the leaching

    field
    > and clog it up.


    No! Sludge is heavier than water and settles at the bottom of the tank.
    It cannot get into the leach field until it builds up to the level of
    the tank output line. Rid-x is concentrated bacteria. It has NO
    properties for stirring up sludge.

    > You should have sludge in the bottom of a tank that has not been

    pumped out.
    > That is all the non-organic materials that go down the drain. One

    major
    > non-organic item is minerals and grit which is from all the dirt that

    is
    > flushed down the drain every time you wash yourself. This is the

    stuff that
    > should be pumped out on a regular basis not stirred up and drained

    into your
    > leach piping.


    Agreed that sand and grit cannot be broken down by bacteria and remains
    at the bottom of the tank as a prime ingredient of sludge. However,
    using a 1000 gal. septic tank would require a LOT of dirt. Personally,
    I'm not that dirty.

    Contrary to the opinions of many others, who's opinions I do NOT agree
    with, here's why Rid-X, or any other similar product, is ocassionally a
    good idea to use:
    (1)It takes bacteria to break down organic material into soft liquids
    that flush out into the leach field. The "primary" source of bacteria
    is feces.
    (2)Chlorine kills bacteria. Chlorine enters the septic system from
    household clensers and clothes wash products.
    (3) The more people in a family, the more feces, but also the more
    table scraps, grease, and clothes wash (chlorine).
    (4) Over a period of time, the bacteria level drops until it cannot
    keep up with the organic input. And your sludge level starts rising
    dramatically.

    Do you NEED to add Rid-x or other type products? NO.
    Will you have to have your tank pumped more often if you don't? YES

    So do you pay the septic tank service company more oftem for a
    cleanout, or pay a merchant for a septic tank additive? Your call. But
    as I stated in an earlier post, I had my tank cleaned after 10 years
    use just because I didn't know how it was building up. I watched the
    whole process. It only had about 1-2 inches of sludge. The service man
    stated it was the "cleanest" tank he'd seen in a long, long time and
    for me to continue doing what I have been doing. And that is adding an
    additive occasionally.

    Others have their opinions, but I have seen the facts.

    Bob S.
    Bob S., Feb 4, 2005
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