Archive for June, 2010

Septic Joke

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Story From Scotland

Bag Piper

Bag Piper

This is such a beautiful story of a bagpiper who was late for a funeral.

As a bagpiper, I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man who had no family or friends. The funeral was to beheld at a cemetery in the remote countryside and this man would be the first to be laid to rest there.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods area, I became lost and being a typical man, did not stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late. I saw the backhoe and the crew who were eating lunch but the hearse was nowhere in sight.

I apologized to the workers for my tardiness and stepped to the side of the open grave where I saw the vault lid already in place.

I assured the workers I would not hold them up for long but this was the proper thing to do. The workers gathered around, still eating their lunch. I played out my heart and soul.

As I played the workers began to weep. I played and I played like I’d never played before, from Going Home and The Lord is My Shepherd to Flowers of the Forest. I closed the lengthy session with Amazing Grace and walked to my car.

As I was opening the door and taking off my coat, I overheard one of the workers saying to another, Sweet Jeezuz, Mary ‘n Joseph, I have never seen nothin’ like that before and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.

Septic Tank Additives

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

I recently got a comment in my blog on septic tank additives.  I am unsure if this is a legitimate post or if it’s spam.  But everyone should read this below.

As of today 6/12/2010 I have found no literature, or university studies that can prove claims of septic tank additives working.  Plus the ones I find actually state that the additives actually hurt septic components.

I copied and pasted this from the National Environmental Services Center’s Website.

National Environmental Services Center’s Septic Tank Additive Study

Research conducted by Winnerberger, et al. suggests that some biological additives may increase the biological activity to the point where excess solids can be carried into the soil absorption system.  This occurs when anaerobic decomposition of sids causes the formation of methane gas.  Ase they rise, bubbles push solids up from the settles portion of the septic tank. Ultimately, this may lead to solids “carryover” to the soil absorption system where clogging can ensue.

Also copied from the same site:

Do I need to add any additives or anything to my septic tank?

Do I need to use additive in my septic system to keep it working?

A Homeowner does not need to add a stimulator or an enhancer to a septic tank that is designed, operated, and maintained properly 0  naturally occurring bacteria are already present within human fecal matter.  Contrary to popular belief, yeast, dead chickens, possums, or raw hamburger do not need to be added to the septic tank.

I can go on and on.  Going from one university to another, finding articles exactly as this one.  But I can not find any supported articles on your Miller-Plante, Inc. I alway have said, if it looks like saw dust, smells like saw dust or burns like saw dust, it’s probably a $170 bucket of saw dust.

Rid X Septic Tank Additive’s own response on pumping septic tanks

And even with the most trusted septic tank additive out there Rid-X Someone posted a question.

”If I use Rid-X will I have to have my septic tank pumped?”

Answer was, “Yes, the average recommended time between septic tank pumpings is 3-5 years, depending on the rate of sediment build-up, family size, and other factors.  Used regularly, Rid-X helps break down the solid waste in your septic tank.  This may slow the accumulation of solid waste in the tank, allowing more time between pumpings.

Needless to say, septic tanks are giant garbage cans that do need emptying from time to time.  But with the study done by the National Environmental Services Center, stating that these additives may actually clog up your drainfield or sand mound.  I think I would just let the tank collect the solids, and have them emptied every few years.  Instead of a 3,000-9,000 dollar component replacement.

Thanks for Reading,


25 Cent Cup of Coffee

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Hello Everyone,

This post is completely off topic.  But I am so happy to find one place left, possibly in this world, where one can buy a cup of coffee for 25 cents.  It’s in Battle Ground, Wa at the Chevron by Fred Meyers.  I buy all my fuel there, and always bring my own cup.  That is the one catch, you have to bring your own mug.  and that price includes the sales tax.

It’s just great that I can still get a cup of coffee for 25 cents.  I’ve been doing it for years, but hopefully you all will go visit their little coffee shop inside and get a cup.  Oh, yeah, there’s sugar and creamer in there too.

Thanks for reading,