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Does Rid-X work? (ultra vanity)

Posted on 09/15/2007 2:42:50 PM PDT by Mamzelle

Seeking ways to avoid stressing a delicate septic system.


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By way of excuse, I enjoy the off topics that emerge on FR when a Freeper seeks some oddball advice. I know there's a Freeper out there that knows a lot about septic tanks and the best way to manage them. I have a property that has a delicate septic system and I want to treat it in such a way as to avoid stressing it. I was considering getting RV type toilet paper, which dissolves much more easily, and using Rid-X regularly. I have been told that it doesn't help any--but it seems to sell well over many years, so some people must believe in it.

Advice would be appreciated.

1 posted on 09/15/2007 2:42:52 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

I’ve always wondered the same thing!


2 posted on 09/15/2007 2:46:40 PM PDT by acoulterfan
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To: Mamzelle
No need to buy RV toilet paper, just an extra expense for something you can buy off the shelf. If you have any questions about the paper breaking down, just put a few pieces in the jar with water and shake, if it breaks up you are set.
3 posted on 09/15/2007 2:49:21 PM PDT by engrpat
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To: Mamzelle
From the guy who cleaned out our septic tank NO it doesn't’t.

And I tend to believe him cus until he told us we used it religiously.

4 posted on 09/15/2007 2:49:55 PM PDT by RedMonqey ( The truth is never PC)
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To: Mamzelle

If you’re down to one sheet of tissue... try using only a half.


5 posted on 09/15/2007 2:50:13 PM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: Mamzelle

From the guy who cleaned out our septic tank NO it doesn’t.

And I tend to believe him cus until he told us we used it religiosly. It didn’t seem to make any difference


6 posted on 09/15/2007 2:50:51 PM PDT by RedMonqey ( The truth is never PC)
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To: Mamzelle

I don’t know about older septic systems, but my newer one (it’s more of a mini treatment plant, by Norweco) doesn’t need anything like that... just don’t dump tons of bleach or other junk into it.


7 posted on 09/15/2007 2:51:21 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Mamzelle

Well Mamzelle, you came to the right place.

Here’s what you do. Rid-X won’t hurt anything. It doesn’t help but feel free to throw your money away.

Yes, get special toilet paper. Don’t need RV stuff...we use Scotts...one thousand sheets per roll and says “safe for septic systems”. Used it at our old house with a septic system and here. Available at most stores.

Now...here’s the secret...”IF IT’S YELLOW LET IT MELLOW; IF IT’S BROWN, FLUSH IT DOWN”

Put a trash can next to the toilet and tell all females to depost their toilet paper there after use. Get a trash can with a lid to avoid smells.

I do laundry once a month. Buy everybody a whole bunch of underwear and socks and tell them when the laundry will be done...NO EXCEPTIONS.

Be cognizant of shower and dishwasher usage.

I love septic systems. Treated right, they are the way God meant it to be. All the squirrels, deer, birds and bugs on the planet poop and pee right into the ground. A septic drain field makes your grass and flowers grow.

Tell that to the enviro-wackos.


8 posted on 09/15/2007 2:56:10 PM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com)
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To: Mamzelle

as someone in rural Maine who has been on the recieving end of a bad septic system, I will give you my two cents..

If you add that to the tank, it may break down the sludge in the tank as advertised but the sludge will particulate into small pieces and clog up your pipes in the leech field. This obviously creates an even worse problem. My advice, pump the tank once every two years depending upon size of the tank and how many in the household.


9 posted on 09/15/2007 2:57:10 PM PDT by DeusExMachina05 (I will not go into Dhimmitude quietly.)
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To: Mamzelle
Crappy Vanity!

; )

10 posted on 09/15/2007 2:57:19 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Mamzelle
The septic tank pumping guys have told me the same thing that the other posters have said: Rid-x doesn't work.

However, a few years ago, I wanted to get rid of the flesh from a deer's head so that I would have a nice pretty skull for display. I put the head in a garbage can full of water and Rid-x. The flesh was completely gone (skin, hair, muscle, cartilage, everything) in just a couple of weeks. Rid-x did a much better job than maggots.

So, I think maybe Rid-x does work.

11 posted on 09/15/2007 3:01:51 PM PDT by j. earl carter
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To: BallyBill

Indeed!


12 posted on 09/15/2007 3:03:30 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: j. earl carter
re: However, a few years ago, I wanted to get rid of the flesh from a deer's head so that I would have a nice pretty skull for display. I put the head in a garbage can full of water and Rid-x. The flesh was completely gone (skin, hair, muscle, cartilage, everything) in just a couple of weeks. Rid-x did a much better job than maggots.)))

Huh! Interesting. Thanks.

13 posted on 09/15/2007 3:08:24 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Fishtalk

Ewwwww!


14 posted on 09/15/2007 3:12:04 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: j. earl carter
What I find telling is that the enzymes dissolved the hair--wonder if given enough time, the bone would go, too?
15 posted on 09/15/2007 3:12:22 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

One way to avoid stress on your system is to limit the amount of water that flows through it. The more liquids that it has to handle, the shorter the time that solids suspended in that liquid are in the tank(s) to break down. As such, low flow toilets and shower heads are recommended. Also, washing one load of laundry a day is much better for your system than having a “wash day.” Another thing to consider is a lint trap on the outflow of your clothes washer, as synthetic fibers in many fabrics do not break down in the tank at all and help clog drain fields over time.


16 posted on 09/15/2007 3:13:14 PM PDT by Sparticus (Libs, they're so open minded that their brains leaked out.)
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To: Mamzelle
"Seeking ways to avoid stressing a delicate septic system."

Have you considered a change in diet perhaps?

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

17 posted on 09/15/2007 3:14:29 PM PDT by expatguy (Support Conservative Blogging - "An American Expat in Southeast Asia")
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To: Mamzelle

Sorry, couldn't help myself :)

18 posted on 09/15/2007 3:16:06 PM PDT by upchuck (The President has an Agenda, and it's not promoting The Land of the Free and The Home of the Brave.)
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To: expatguy

LOL—I know the topic question would provide a great line for a ba-da-bing. But you-know-what happens. And FReepers really know their you-know-what...


19 posted on 09/15/2007 3:18:22 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

The biggest clogger of septics is the polyester fibers from your washing machine. They do not break down. Put a secondary filter on the washer line and check it every 2-3 months.


20 posted on 09/15/2007 3:19:36 PM PDT by mirkwood (Come to visit Maine now..The weather is perfect.)
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To: j. earl carter

I’m still sitting here fascinated by the way you got your deer head cleaned. Wonder if you could dissolve an entire body the same way? This would be a great episode for CSI —!! What an idea for a murder mystery story.


21 posted on 09/15/2007 3:21:26 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

I’ve been using Roebic for 20 years and haven’t experienced a problem with my septic system. I empty one quart of Roebic K-37 Septic Tank Treatment sometime in the fall before cold weather sets in. One (quart) bottle treats a 500 gallon septic tank. And my lawn experience great growth because of the increase in worm activity (I was told that the increase in clumps of dirt signified increased worms which means I had a good lawn).


22 posted on 09/15/2007 3:25:48 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Mamzelle

Yes, but it tastes terrible...


23 posted on 09/15/2007 3:26:30 PM PDT by tje
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To: Mamzelle

My Grandparents had a septic system that lasted over 40 years and it was still working fine when the tank finally rusted completely through, a few years ago. I dont remember it being pumped out in the past 25 years...

She claims it lasted that long because of two things.
They always use only white toilet paper and they flush a package of yeast down the toilet once a month...


24 posted on 09/15/2007 3:33:05 PM PDT by AzNASCARfan
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To: Mamzelle

BTW, friends of mine in their late 70s buy a block of yeast and crumple it into their toilets and take care of their septic sytem that way. They’ve use that procedure for years without any septic problems.


25 posted on 09/15/2007 3:34:01 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Mamzelle
Does Rid-X work?

Exlax works better.

26 posted on 09/15/2007 3:37:32 PM PDT by South40
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To: Mamzelle

Oh boy, I agreed to an offer for this septic stuff in a gel pouch. They sent me a bucket full of the pouches, and charged me 200.00 bucks! I’m sending it back.

I was expecting one pouch, which was supposedly free.

Try Scott brand toilet paper. Try not use bleach, or any other chemicals that are not septic safe. Yeah, it’s a bitch, but I’ve lived with septic overflows...


27 posted on 09/15/2007 3:40:44 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Midnight Hallway Hockey scores: Cats 3-Humans 0)
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To: Mamzelle
The advice to have the tank pumped on a regular basis is good advice.

I have an inlet after the tank and before the drain field that goes into the outlet pipe and that is accessible from the yard. You can put a cutsey model lighthouse or bird bath over the port to disguise it and keep the lawnmower from accidentlly running over it. Once a month I open the inlet and pour a cup or so of copper sulfate crystals into the port. That helps kill off anything green that is trying to grow into your drainfield pipes. Make sure you don't have any big trees growing close to your drainfield. If your field is not readily visible to prying eyes attached to babbling mouths, never, ever involve the health department or state department of environmentalist wacko quality in the event you need to do heavy maintenance on your drainfield or septic system. You'll be going to a roadside park while they're jerking you around thru the permit process. Poot, shovel, shut up! If you don't feel comfortable installing the inlet pipe as described, a good plumber in the area who is familiar with septics can do it for you. Nothing to it-$100 to $200 max. RidX is and expensive waste of time and money.

28 posted on 09/15/2007 3:44:21 PM PDT by RushLake (Democrats/MSM have never met a terrorist they didn't like.)
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To: BallyBill

Yes, it is, however, there seems to be a LOT of us who are experienced in the subject 8)


29 posted on 09/15/2007 3:51:17 PM PDT by momf (Gun control is not about guns; it's about control..(replace the word Gun with any change they want.))
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To: Sparticus

My brother-in-law ran their wash water to the fruit trees/garden Anyone see a problem? What about other gray water?


30 posted on 09/15/2007 3:52:05 PM PDT by wizr (A step in Faith will set you free.)
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To: Mamzelle
The advice to have the tank pumped on a regular basis is good advice.

I have an inlet after the tank and before the drain field that goes into the outlet pipe and that is accessible from the yard. You can put a cutsey model lighthouse or bird bath over the port to disguise it and keep the lawnmower from accidentlly running over it. Once a month I open the inlet and pour a cup or so of copper sulfate crystals into the port. That helps kill off anything green that is trying to grow into your drainfield pipes. Make sure you don't have any big trees growing close to your drainfield. If your field is not readily visible to prying eyes attached to babbling mouths, never, ever involve the health department or state department of environmentalist wacko quality in the event you need to do heavy maintenance on your drainfield or septic system. You'll be going to a roadside park while they're jerking you around thru the permit process. Poot, shovel, shut up! If you don't feel comfortable installing the inlet pipe as described, a good plumber in the area who is familiar with septics can do it for you. Nothing to it-$100 to $200 max. RidX is and expensive waste of time and money.

31 posted on 09/15/2007 3:53:04 PM PDT by RushLake (Democrats/MSM have never met a terrorist they didn't like.)
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To: Mamzelle

I love products you buy — and then flush down the toilet.


32 posted on 09/15/2007 3:54:24 PM PDT by JoeGar
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To: Mamzelle

As some others advised we use Scott brand 1,000 roll toilet paper. Septic safe.
We also have all the girls use a waste basket instead of flushing all that tissue down. (relatives hate it when the girls visit)

I seperate my clothes washer water (grey water) with a seperate drain line that goes directly out down the back hill.
So that is less soap and bleach to put into the tank.

As for treatment.
We use a product called MICROBE-LIFT.
It’s hard to find, but I believe they have a web site.
It stinks to heaven high because it contains live anaerobic bacteria.
Best Stuff Ever.

We had our tank pumped out once when we thought we had a problem. It turned out to be something else, but the guy who pumped the tank said it was the cleanest tank he’s ever pumped and told us to keep doing whatever it was we were doing.

Good Luck


33 posted on 09/15/2007 3:59:54 PM PDT by freds6girlies (many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. Mt. 19:30. R.I.P. G & J)
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To: Mamzelle

I used it when we had a septic system and was quite pleased with the results. It kept our tank cleared out and I felt it greatly extended the time it needed before being pumped out.


34 posted on 09/15/2007 4:03:05 PM PDT by SoftballMominVA (Never argue with an idiot. He will bring you down to his level and beat you with experience)
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To: wizr

It is better to not run grey water through septic system, unless you have no way to get rid of the grey water.
Need to keep in mind about all the less than great stuff that could come from detergent and clothes. Kitchen sink should go to septic due to greases.

Instead of RidX, dump in a shovel or 2 of fresh horse do into the john now and then. Its got the right enzymes.


35 posted on 09/15/2007 4:07:35 PM PDT by dusttoyou (FredHead from the git go)
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To: Mamzelle
Wonder if you could dissolve an entire body the same way?

I'll let you know in a couple more weeks ;( Blackbird.

36 posted on 09/15/2007 4:08:00 PM PDT by BlackbirdSST (I'm dug in, giving no more ground to the rino stampede. BB)
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To: Mamzelle
"Rid-X"

... Save your money...

37 posted on 09/15/2007 4:08:14 PM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: j. earl carter
The flesh was completely gone (skin, hair, muscle, cartilage, everything) in just a couple of weeks. Rid-x did a much better job than maggots.

I love freerepubic for the onformation I receive.

I hate getting it when I'm eating a pastrami sandwich! :-)

38 posted on 09/15/2007 4:10:24 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: KosmicKitty

Oh gosh

That should be freerepublic!

Bad kitty. bad!!


39 posted on 09/15/2007 4:12:22 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Mamzelle
If you put something in the toilet and you think it killed off all of the bugs in the tank or if it seems slugish just put a pound of bread yeast and a pound of sugar mixed together and it will do the same thing for less. If you are overloading the leach field you will plug the pipes and the whole thing will pretty much stop. Then you get to dig up and make a new leech field.
40 posted on 09/15/2007 4:16:58 PM PDT by mountainlyons (Hard core conservative)
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To: Mamzelle; jim_trent; Gondring
Solids should settle to the bottom and they must be pumped out periodically. They should not go out into the drain field. If the tank is sized right for the flow, the effluent should be rather clear. Else, the organics in hte effluent will plug up the space between the soil particles around the tiles. Eventually, they'll gunk up the soil around the tiles and the tank liquid will just exit the vent.

Grease and fats are a problem, so keep them out. They float and will plug up the soil around the drain pipe. So, plenty of dish washing liquid keeps them solublized, so the fats can be broken down. The dish liquid gets eaten by sulphate reducing bacteria.

Rid-x is just enzymes. The bugs in the septic tank do the work of breaking things down with their own enzymes. It could be that you could use one of those products, which are cultures of bacteria. Those aren't normally needed at all though. Only when their's almost no toilet flow are they warranted. In a good septic system, those bugs die and are what the solids on the bottom are composed of.

What exactly is the problem?

41 posted on 09/15/2007 4:24:10 PM PDT by spunkets ("Freedom is about authority", Rudy Giuliani, gun grabber)
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To: Mamzelle

I saw a case years ago Scotland Yard solved, body was sealed in a drum of acid. All the teeth were found, but everything else was dissolved.


42 posted on 09/15/2007 4:27:55 PM PDT by BerryDingle
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To: spunkets
None yet--it's a recreational pty and I suspect that the septic may be unconventional. There will be no clothes-washing or bathing, just the toilet and sink, so there won't be a lot of waterflow except for occasional gatherings. I intend to avoid grease and bleach already. The main thing would be the toilet paper, and I already have Scott.
43 posted on 09/15/2007 4:31:35 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

WHat does unconventional mean? Your county should have some records and a drain field map of what was installed there.


44 posted on 09/15/2007 4:37:58 PM PDT by spunkets ("Freedom is about authority", Rudy Giuliani, gun grabber)
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To: spunkets

I guess they should—


45 posted on 09/15/2007 4:41:30 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle
That’s what we need,... more threads like these...
46 posted on 09/15/2007 4:51:32 PM PDT by elfman2 ("As goes Fallujah, so goes central Iraq and so goes the entire country" -Col Coleman, USMC ,4/2004)
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To: Mamzelle
Yes, when it went in. Genenally the plumber that put it in files that info. It should have all the details. The folks that you bought the place from should have info on when it was last pumped.

Decay leads to humic acid, It's a solid that has to be removed. That's humus, the stuff that makes black dirt black. The bugs are supposed to do that. In std septic systems, they don't quite get it all done. There's some living bugs left in the pumped solids, because it's a continuous system..

47 posted on 09/15/2007 4:55:02 PM PDT by spunkets ("Freedom is about authority", Rudy Giuliani, gun grabber)
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To: Mamzelle

Do you have a water softener or anything like that connected to your septic? If you do, find a new place to dump that. I have seen several systems overwhelmed that way.


48 posted on 09/15/2007 5:09:40 PM PDT by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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OK


49 posted on 09/15/2007 5:13:37 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: JoeGar
I love products you buy — and then flush down the toilet.

Like beer?

50 posted on 09/15/2007 5:30:19 PM PDT by roamer_1 (Vote for FrudyMcRomson -Turn red states purple in 08!)
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