We had our septic tank pumped today. It had been
four years since it was installed. City gals, we didn't know how
long we should wait. Yesterday, Lea came in and said, "I want
to move the woodpile over the septic tank. So I've uncovered it.
Call a pumper." Sure enough. When I went out, she had been digging.
She unearthed one of the access covers. But was it the right one?
I called Catherine Siematkowski, of Witherbee
and Whalen, Inc., to verify and then called Williamson
Septic Service. He would come the very next day. And he did.
Although we had heard we shouldn't use a product like Rid-X (see
above) Gary Williamson said because our tank doesn't get year-round
use, bacteria don't get to do their work as efficiently. Gary said
we should be using a bacteria additive to kick start the processing.
If you have questions about your septic system, an excellent resource
is David Lockwood. He has researched the regulations, laws and
systems associated with protecting the lake and ground water.