Monday, October 15, 2007

A Public Service Announcement

If you happen to live in a house on a septic system, don't use powdered soap. Why you ask? Well the pipe that goes from the house to the tank becomes clogged, no PACKED with soap and therefore renders the pipe useless and you can guess what happens then.

LUCKILY, it was at a house we own but don't live in.

UNLUCKILY, it has tenants in it, so we spent Saturday at the other house with the septic company. Jeff helped dig up the lid and all that good stuff.

UNLUCKILY, we are out the $412 to clean and pump the tank.

LUCKILY, we didn't have a blown septic.

Moral of the story - powdered soap is your enemy and a monthly dose of draino is your friend.

The end.

In bloggy news...I'm working on something new and food related. I will share more as it is developed. I'm hoping to release it to the public next week.


Anonymous said...

I am sorry you had a problem like this. I am not sure how detergent that is disccolved in the washing machine can clog a pipe. Tree roots are another story. I have a septic system and have not had a problem in 8 years.

Katy said...

Food related is always good.

My husband is a civil engineer and he has seen poop go wrong in more ways than I can count. . . I'm SO glad I don't have his job.

Nowheymama said...


Can't wait to see the new food-related surprise!

Laura said...

I hope you didn't find out about it with a call from the tenant at 3 AM.