septic tank & coffee grounds

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  1. newman

    newman Guest

    Is it advisable to put coffee grounds in septic tanks?

    I have heard that coffee grounds do not decompose.

    Thanks.
    newman, Sep 30, 2007
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  2. newman

    C & E Guest

    "newman" <> wrote in message
    news:m8SLi.738$P06.543@trnddc05...
    > Is it advisable to put coffee grounds in septic tanks?
    >
    > I have heard that coffee grounds do not decompose.
    >
    > Thanks.


    T.P. and human waste. ** Nothing** else. Yes, you have to clean the toilet
    but forget about the blue or the white tablets in the water closet. That
    crud is hard on the bacteria.
    C & E, Oct 1, 2007
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  3. newman

    Harry K Guest

    On Sep 30, 11:44 am, "newman" <> wrote:
    > Is it advisable to put coffee grounds in septic tanks?
    >
    > I have heard that coffee grounds do not decompose.
    >
    > Thanks.


    Why put them there? Best place is to spread them in a garden, flower
    bed or compost heap. If not that, then in the trash.

    Harry K
    Harry K, Oct 1, 2007
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  4. newman

    Rick Blaine Guest

    "C & E" <> wrote:

    >T.P. and human waste. ** Nothing** else. Yes, you have to clean the toilet
    >but forget about the blue or the white tablets in the water closet. That
    >crud is hard on the bacteria.


    Which is exactly right in theory, but you have to make *some* allowances in
    practice if there are women between the ages of 12 and 60 or so in the house.

    Having just installed an $18K super computer controlled septic system that would
    seem to be able to handle a minor metropolis and having survived some rather
    graphic negotiations with the SO, dropping a few bucks every year or two to get
    the waste tank pumped out seems a fair trade...

    --
    "Tell me what I should do, Annie."
    "Stay. Here. Forever." - Life On Mars
    Rick Blaine, Oct 1, 2007
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  5. newman

    Rick Blaine Guest

    <h> wrote:

    >You aren't saying that they flush tampons, are you? Come on, all of us
    >females over the age of 10 know NOT to do that.


    Not the applicator, but yes, the used tampon... Not a high volume item of
    course.

    --
    "Tell me what I should do, Annie."
    "Stay. Here. Forever." - Life On Mars
    Rick Blaine, Oct 1, 2007
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  6. newman

    RicodJour Guest

    On Oct 1, 9:33 am, Rick Blaine <> wrote:
    > <h> wrote:
    > >You aren't saying that they flush tampons, are you? Come on, all of us
    > >females over the age of 10 know NOT to do that.

    >
    > Not the applicator, but yes, the used tampon... Not a high volume item of
    > course.


    ?! I can't tell you what a bad idea that is. Someone has to learn a
    new behavior pattern, that's all.

    As far as the coffee grounds, like another posted, toss the grounds in
    the garden - plants love the stuff.

    R
    RicodJour, Oct 1, 2007
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  7. newman

    mike Guest

    On Sep 30, 11:44 am, "newman" <> wrote:
    > Is it advisable to put coffee grounds in septic tanks?
    >
    > I have heard that coffee grounds do not decompose.
    >
    > Thanks.


    You can put all kinds of organic matter in a septic tank. People with
    septic tanks have garbage disposals after all. You just have to have
    it pumped out more often. It's not rocket science. Ignore the
    hysterics.

    Google septic tank pumping chart.
    mike, Oct 1, 2007
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  8. newman

    willshak Guest

    on 10/1/2007 9:25 AM h said the following:
    > "Steve Barker LT" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >
    >> what's that got to do with it? Please don't tell me they flush sanitary
    >> products. THAT is a #1 no no.
    >>
    >> s
    >>
    >> "Rick Blaine" <> wrote in message
    >> news:eek:...
    >>
    >>
    >>> Which is exactly right in theory, but you have to make *some* allowances
    >>> in
    >>> practice if there are women between the ages of 12 and 60 or so in the
    >>> house.
    >>>
    >>>

    > ??? You aren't saying that they flush tampons, are you? Come on, all of us
    > females over the age of 10 know NOT to do that.


    But the trouble comes when the manufacturer says they are flushable.
    http://www.playtexproductsinc.com/femcare/beyond.asp
    My house has a septic system and when there are barbecues or other
    gatherings, females are embarrassed to put them in the trash pail next
    to the toilet. I'm almost tempted to put a sign in the guest bathroom
    telling female guests to not flush them.

    --

    Bill
    In Hamptonburgh, NY
    To email, remove the double zeroes after @
    willshak, Oct 1, 2007
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  9. newman

    willshak Guest

    on 10/1/2007 11:35 AM mike said the following:
    > On Sep 30, 11:44 am, "newman" <> wrote:
    >
    >> Is it advisable to put coffee grounds in septic tanks?
    >>
    >> I have heard that coffee grounds do not decompose.
    >>
    >> Thanks.
    >>

    >
    > You can put all kinds of organic matter in a septic tank. People with
    > septic tanks have garbage disposals after all.


    I have a dry well separate from the septic system, The only things that
    go into the dry well are from the sinks and bath/showers (grey water). I
    have no disposal. I don't see a need for a disposal since we dump food
    waste in the compactor right next to the sink.
    The only food that gets into our dry well is whatever can squeeze
    through the drain strainer.

    > You just have to have
    > it pumped out more often. It's not rocket science. Ignore the
    > hysterics.
    >
    > Google septic tank pumping chart.
    >
    >



    --

    Bill
    In Hamptonburgh, NY
    To email, remove the double zeroes after @
    willshak, Oct 1, 2007
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  10. newman

    mike Guest

    On Oct 1, 11:39 am, "Steve Barker LT" <>
    wrote:
    > YA BUT, people with septic tanks SHOULD NOT use the garbage disposal.
    >
    > s
    >
    > "mike" <> wrote in message
    >
    > news:...
    >
    >
    >
    > >> You can put all kinds of organic matter in a septic tank. People with

    > > septic tanks have garbage disposals after all. You just have to have
    > > it pumped out more often. It's not rocket science. Ignore the
    > > hysterics.- Hide quoted text -

    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    Rediculous. Millions of people prove you wrong every day. Stick to
    the proper pumping schedule and there's no problem. The same applies
    to people without garbage disposals.
    mike, Oct 1, 2007
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  11. newman

    willshak Guest

    on 10/1/2007 4:49 PM SteveB said the following:
    > "Steve Barker LT" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >
    >> and millions of people have septic problems.
    >>
    >>
    >> case closed.
    >>

    >
    > What kind of problems? You send it down, no problem. You're supposed to
    > have it pumped? I've heard of people with 75 year old systems that have
    > NEVER been pumped. What kind of problems could anyone have with something
    > so simple as a septic system?
    >
    > Steve ( It's a joke, son. Ahhhh joke Ahhh said. - Foghorn Leghorn)
    >
    >
    >

    The less you put in a septic system, the longer the time between
    cleanings. Do you have a septic system? Do you know what pumping a
    septic system costs? Where I live, it is $400, and last time, I had the
    dry well pumped at the same time for a grand total of $800.

    --

    Bill
    In Hamptonburgh, NY
    To email, remove the double zeroes after @
    willshak, Oct 1, 2007
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  12. newman

    mike Guest

    On Oct 1, 12:32 pm, "Steve Barker LT" <>
    wrote:
    > and millions of people have septic problems.
    >
    > case closed.
    >
    > s"mike" <> wrote in message
    >
    > news:...
    >
    >
    >
    > > Ridiculous. Millions of people prove you wrong every day. Stick to
    > > the proper pumping schedule and there's no problem. The same applies
    > > to people without garbage disposals.- Hide quoted text -

    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    Learn from folks who deal with septic systems for a living (Control+F
    the page for garbage):

    http://www.inspect-ny.com/septic/tankpump.htm

    Feces & TP don't have exclusive, magical, septic-friendly properites.
    If you met someone with septic problems, they probably didn't pump out
    their tank on a proper schedule (or ever).
    mike, Oct 1, 2007
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  13. newman

    EXT Guest

    <h> wrote in message news:4700ffb0$0$20586$...
    >
    > "Rick Blaine" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> <h> wrote:
    >>
    >>>You aren't saying that they flush tampons, are you? Come on, all of us
    >>>females over the age of 10 know NOT to do that.

    >>
    >> Not the applicator, but yes, the used tampon... Not a high volume item of
    >> course.
    >>

    > How unbelievably gross. They actually flush the tampon? That works out to
    > about 6-10 a day for 5-6 days for each woman in the house and you think
    > that's not a high volume? Your plumbing backs up a lot, doesn't it? Glad I
    > don't live in your house. Shudder.


    Best way to stop this practice, is to tell the females in the house that the
    septic tank pump operator will see them floating on top the the liquid in
    the tank. Most women want them to disappear and not to have anyone to see
    them, which doesn't happen with septic tanks.
    EXT, Oct 2, 2007
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  14. "SteveB" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > As an aside, at our mountain cabin, we have two trash cans in the
    > bathroom.
    > We have a sign that asks guests to please put TP in the flip up lid trash
    > can. Then it says, "But, if it's REALLY brown, send it down."
    >
    > Steve


    Do you dry it out and re-use it?
    Edwin Pawlowski, Oct 2, 2007
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  15. newman

    aemeijers Guest

    "willshak" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > on 10/1/2007 9:25 AM h said the following:
    >> "Steve Barker LT" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >>
    >>> what's that got to do with it? Please don't tell me they flush sanitary
    >>> products. THAT is a #1 no no.
    >>>
    >>> s
    >>>
    >>> "Rick Blaine" <> wrote in message
    >>> news:eek:...
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>> Which is exactly right in theory, but you have to make *some*
    >>>> allowances in
    >>>> practice if there are women between the ages of 12 and 60 or so in the
    >>>> house.
    >>>>
    >>>>

    >> ??? You aren't saying that they flush tampons, are you? Come on, all of
    >> us females over the age of 10 know NOT to do that.

    >
    > But the trouble comes when the manufacturer says they are flushable.
    > http://www.playtexproductsinc.com/femcare/beyond.asp
    > My house has a septic system and when there are barbecues or other
    > gatherings, females are embarrassed to put them in the trash pail next to
    > the toilet. I'm almost tempted to put a sign in the guest bathroom telling
    > female guests to not flush them.
    >

    Well, on airplanes, they used to provide a little stack of waxed-paper bags
    to containerize things like sanitary products and used diapers- probably at
    the behest of the ground crew that gets to empty the trash chute in the
    cans. I imagine those bags are available somewhere to civilians.

    I worked one semester in college as a night shift janitor on campus. The
    ladies bathrooms were always the nastiest rooms on the list for the night.

    aem sends...
    aemeijers, Oct 2, 2007
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  16. newman

    Harry K Guest

    On Oct 1, 8:14 am, <h> wrote:
    > "SteveB" <> wrote in message
    >
    > news:...
    >
    > > <h> wrote

    >
    > >> ??? You aren't saying that they flush tampons, are you? Come on, all of
    > >> us females over the age of 10 know NOT to do that.

    >
    > > What planet do YOU live on? Here on earth, it is a common practice. Any
    > > sewage treatment plant in the US will verify this.

    >
    > > Of course, what you wrote was a joke, right?

    >
    > > Haha.

    >
    > > Steve

    >
    > No, it's not a joke. We're not talking sewage treatment, we're talking
    > SEPTIC TANK. NEVER flush a tampon down a septic system. What planet are YOU
    > living on? You can't really be that ignorant, can you?


    Apparently he has never heard of the tank cleaners cussing out the
    "white sewer rats" they have to deal with.

    Harry K
    Harry K, Oct 3, 2007
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  17. newman

    Harry K Guest

    On Oct 1, 9:04 pm, "aemeijers" <> wrote:
    > "willshak" <> wrote in message
    >
    > news:...
    >
    >
    >
    > > on 10/1/2007 9:25 AM h said the following:
    > >> "Steve Barker LT" <> wrote in message
    > >>news:...

    >
    > >>> what's that got to do with it? Please don't tell me they flush sanitary
    > >>> products. THAT is a #1 no no.

    >
    > >>> s

    >
    > >>> "Rick Blaine" <> wrote in message
    > >>>news:eek:...

    >
    > >>>> Which is exactly right in theory, but you have to make *some*
    > >>>> allowances in
    > >>>> practice if there are women between the ages of 12 and 60 or so in the
    > >>>> house.

    >
    > >> ??? You aren't saying that they flush tampons, are you? Come on, all of
    > >> us females over the age of 10 know NOT to do that.

    >
    > > But the trouble comes when the manufacturer says they are flushable.
    > >http://www.playtexproductsinc.com/femcare/beyond.asp
    > > My house has a septic system and when there are barbecues or other
    > > gatherings, females are embarrassed to put them in the trash pail next to
    > > the toilet. I'm almost tempted to put a sign in the guest bathroom telling
    > > female guests to not flush them.

    >
    > Well, on airplanes, they used to provide a little stack of waxed-paper bags
    > to containerize things like sanitary products and used diapers- probably at
    > the behest of the ground crew that gets to empty the trash chute in the
    > cans. I imagine those bags are available somewhere to civilians.
    >
    > I worked one semester in college as a night shift janitor on campus. The
    > ladies bathrooms were always the nastiest rooms on the list for the night.
    >
    > aem sends...- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    I worked as a "Corrections Officer" (read Jailer or Turnkey, there is
    no "Corrections" involved in that job). Female Work Release had a
    neat little 'Sanitary Napkins" box on the wall. It disappeared the
    first time I had to empty it.

    Harry K
    Harry K, Oct 3, 2007
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  18. newman

    Harry K Guest

    On Oct 1, 11:55 am, mike <> wrote:
    > On Oct 1, 11:39 am, "Steve Barker LT" <>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > YA BUT, people with septic tanks SHOULD NOT use the garbage disposal.

    >
    > > s

    >
    > > "mike" <> wrote in message

    >
    > >news:...

    >
    > > >> You can put all kinds of organic matter in a septic tank. People with
    > > > septic tanks have garbage disposals after all. You just have to have
    > > > it pumped out more often. It's not rocket science. Ignore the
    > > > hysterics.- Hide quoted text -

    >
    > > - Show quoted text -

    >
    > Rediculous. Millions of people prove you wrong every day. Stick to
    > the proper pumping schedule and there's no problem. The same applies
    > to people without garbage disposals.- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    And millions of people have traffic accidents. That millions of
    people do something does not make it right.

    Harry K
    Harry K, Oct 3, 2007
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  19. newman

    mike Guest

    On Oct 3, 11:20 am, Harry K <> wrote:
    > On Oct 1, 11:55 am, mike <> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > On Oct 1, 11:39 am, "Steve Barker LT" <>
    > > wrote:

    >
    > > > YA BUT, people with septic tanks SHOULD NOT use the garbage disposal.

    >
    > > > s

    >
    > > > "mike" <> wrote in message

    >
    > > >news:...

    >
    > > > >> You can put all kinds of organic matter in a septic tank. People with
    > > > > septic tanks have garbage disposals after all. You just have to have
    > > > > it pumped out more often. It's not rocket science. Ignore the
    > > > > hysterics.- Hide quoted text -

    >
    > > > - Show quoted text -

    >
    > > Rediculous. Millions of people prove you wrong every day. Stick to
    > > the proper pumping schedule and there's no problem. The same applies
    > > to people without garbage disposals.- Hide quoted text -

    >
    > > - Show quoted text -

    >
    > And millions of people have traffic accidents. That millions of
    > people do something does not make it right.
    >
    > Harry K- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    Sigh. You didn't read the link, did you? Millions of people
    successfully using a garbage disposal with a septic tank, long term,
    is not comparable to people who unsuccessfully drive their car.

    Millions of people successfully using a garbage disposal with a septic
    system, long term, indicates that it can be done quite easily. But
    you'd already know that if you had read the link on septic tank
    pumping schedules.
    mike, Oct 3, 2007
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