Septic Tank Full of Toilet Paper

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  1. Feb 10, 2019 #1

    mandordgz

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    The septic tank is full but it seems that must of it is toilet paper. Is this how it supposed to be? When does the toilet paper supposed to dissolve?

    So there is no way to clean it out than to call someone with the right equipment to clean it out?


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    This may be normal. The septic tank will always look "full", but what you see is the top "scum" layer. There's a "sludge" layer on the bottom, and if everything is otherwise working properly, more-or-less clear liquid in the middle. It's this liquid that drains into the leach field.

    Both layers of solids will grow over time, and, if the tank is not pumped and cleaned regularly, solids will start to pass into the leach field. This is what the experts call "big trouble". Also, there are structures in the tank that prevent early release of solids; these structures can fail, leading to the same big trouble -- the leach field clogs up and will no longer accept waste.

    So, my first question to you would be: How long since the tank was pumped and inspected?

    Lots of websites describing all this in detail; e.g., https://www.epa.gov/septic/how-your-septic-system-works
     
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    @frodo: I don't think I've ever seen a bale of toilet paper that didn't say "septic safe" on it. But, certainly that marine TP is probably the best you can do -- I never knew it existed; thanks.
     
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    I am not really sure when was the last time it pumped and inspected as I bought the double wide in 2016. I've not done anything to the septic tank as of yet. So I will probably need to clean it out right?
     
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    Should have been inspected, at least, and usually pumped, at the time of sale. Absent any records, I'd do that now -- at least then you'd know where you stand. And many health departments recommend or require inspection every 3 years, pumping as required.
     
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    thnaks
     
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    I've been using ScottĀ® 1000 toilet paper for years. I look at my septic tank occasionally and never saw a trace of toilet paper, ever.
    In fact, you can hardly get that stuff wet without it completely falling apart in front of you.

    When I saw that Rapid-Dissolving stuff I was inclined to write to Scott and ask them why. And is it actually faster dissolving than their ScottĀ® 1000 toilet paper?
    https://www.scottbrand.com/-/media/...carousels/scott-1000-rev-legal-060118-(1).mp4
     

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