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Old 30th Dec 2018, 00:02
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I used to own a house in Seattle that was built in 1930; the house was connected to the municipal sewer system. When I mowed the back yard there was sometimes an odd booming sound but I didn't give it much thought. Got up one morning to find a big hole in the backyard; an ancient cedar septic tank had finally collapsed after 50 years. The was nothing in it, so filled it with rubble, topped it with earth and replanted the grass.
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Old 30th Dec 2018, 00:23
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Blaster Bates used to 'cure' problems with these installations!
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Old 30th Dec 2018, 08:08
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There is an "environmental waste" company in Scotland called Snowie. Emblazoned on the back of their trucks was the boast, "No1 in the No2 business".
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Old 30th Dec 2018, 08:14
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And one here that said "Satisfaction guaranteed, or your sewage back"
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Old 30th Dec 2018, 09:40
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Oh sorry. I thought that this thread was rhyming slang about a certain Nationality!!
Struth....I'm surprised that no-one else had made this observation before...
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Old 30th Dec 2018, 10:53
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In Guernsey a lot of properties have septic tanks, the lorry that empties them has written on the back "I suppose yours doesn't smell"
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Old 30th Dec 2018, 10:59
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Many moons ago while working in Benghazi our offices and accommodation were in a walled and gated villa with raised paths through the flower beds. Tortoises wandered around these flower beds and around the back was a large septic tank with a concrete lid and manhole cover.

Over a period of a few months I had noticed that the indigenous tortoise population seemed to be diminishing but put it down to some of our Maltese lads taking them home as pets.

Come the day that the septic tank was emptied I wandered around to see how it was going. As I was standing by the side of the truck there was an almighty bang and the suction pump ground to a halt. At this point I noticed a football sized hole in the roof of the septic tank, just as the pump truck operator unclipped the hose and the remains of a tortoise fell out of the pump casing...…. that cleared up where the tortoises were going...…..
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Old 30th Dec 2018, 22:38
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Old 30th Dec 2018, 23:41
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Originally Posted by ricardian View Post
Septic tanks should not need emptying unless you've gone mad with bleach in the toilet or allowed grey water to drain into it. Our septic tank has never been emptied and we've been here for 15 years; all our grey water goes to the same soakaway that is used by the septic tank.. A cess pit is a different matter, that needs regular emptying.
On this island all the properties at the harbour edge have sewer outlets that go straight into the harbour below low water mark. Scottish water keep promising to build a proper sewage system but they always run out of money. At least we all get charged for the supply of clean water but there is no charge for sewage or drainage.
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Old 31st Dec 2018, 20:19
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Thanks for the helpful suggestions and anecdotes all, now sorted.

As it's not my property, I hired a plumber who sorted it all out for 150. Took him around 40 min but he found that the sloping pipe into the septic tank had clogged with the impacted poo of many years where only sporadic use had been made of the plumbing, so no water flushing through, and the septic tank was full anyway. Consequence of that was the vertical soil pipe was clogged and backing into the downstairs toilet. He jetted through the crud and the overflow of grey water and toilet paper pulp in the gully.

The plumber who was going to turn up on Saturday cancelled due to fixing a gas leak, so finally sorted today, much to the relief of Mrs RS and good to close the old year with a free flushing bog!

Happy New Year!

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Old 31st Dec 2018, 21:15
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Glad you got it sorted. I must admit this thread has caused me to invest is some drain clearing gear for mine. Even through I don't currently have a problem. Better to have it sitting ready than having crap everywhere and waiting days to get someone to fix it or acquire the gear myself.
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Old 1st Jan 2019, 16:19
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Have a hosepipe and outside tap at the ready if rodding.Everything gets filthy and needs a disiplined decontamination regime! Been arm deep in the stuff before now
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Old 1st Jan 2019, 16:29
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Just got the quote referred to in Post#3. 6300 + VAT........Guess I'll just have to bite the bullet, so as to speak. Guy is known to be good and very reasonable on his pricing generally, so there we are.....
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Old 2nd Jan 2019, 15:00
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Originally Posted by UpaCreak View Post
In Guernsey a lot of properties have septic tanks, the lorry that empties them has written on the back "I suppose yours doesn't smell"
One round my area has the large sign 'Caution Stool Bus' on the back.

Whilst some private boats have Elsans, others have what are called 'sea toilets' in which all waste exhausts into an on-board holding tank. If you operate them on inland waterways it is illegal to discharge in the river (boats have a vent and pump to do this but some river authorities insist on these vents being sealed closed) so many (but not all) marinas have 'pump out' facilities where you can moor and have your holding tank sucked out, but you have to do it yourself and pay for the privilege.
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Old 2nd Jan 2019, 16:02
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UpaCreak In Guernsey a lot of properties have septic tanks, the lorry that empties them has written on the back "I suppose yours doesn't smell"
No septic tanks in Guernsey as most properties are in the water catchment area - all cesspits if not on main drain.
However I like the perfume cart with the sticker "Same Day - Different Sh!t"

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