The Septic Tank Saga!

Some days LIFE just sucks! Don’t ya know! I rarely have REALLY, REALLY bad days, just sorta bad. Guess I'm lucky that way! HA! Here is my sad tale of the Septic Tank Saga.

The Septic Tank Saga

Septic Tank

I live out in the country and recently found out my septic tank is going to have to be replaced. The one I’ve been using is dying a horrible death – it is only 50+ years old! DUH! Who said it could die? Not me! Gosh, it is going to cost BIG BUCKS for a newer, more modern version.                                                                                                                            This is a photo of the top of the old 500 gallon concrete tank. The lid is about three feet across, and maybe three inches thick. The tank is about four feet deep.

The new one will have two square concrete tanks and have a much bigger capacity - 500 gallons each, I think. The contractor will have to take a backhoe and dig a HUGE hole in which to bury them. My backyard will be a mess for a while until the WEEDS grow back. HA! Yes, my yard has very little grass, just plenty of sand burrs and other prolific weeds. Guess I will have to try sowing the area with some grass seed. That usually does not work because grass likes DIRT and my little 'farmette' is all sand, no soil. I call the place 'Sandy Acres. HA!

                                                                                                                                                                                          Years ago Erma Bombeck wrote a book titled The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank. If you are over 50 you will probably remember her. Click on this link to view her book on Amazon –                                                                                                                                                  Erma was such a funny lady and I loved her. Maybe I could write a book on How To Grow WEEDS! Should be a bestseller, right?

Erma Bombeck's book

Back to my story…

Anyway, I am not looking forward to next week when the new septic system is installed. I will take pictures of the process and put them in a new post so you will see what a major undertaking this is. The contractor will also have to dig the field lines (laterals) where the ‘gray water’ goes out from the tanks into the yard to be evaporated by the sun. This is the area Erma Bombeck was referring to where the grass gets very green because of the moisture it gets from the field lines.  

The man originally credited with inventing septic tanks, in 1860, was John Mouras. He lived in France. If you want to read more about these tanks click on this link - Mr. Mouras was a genius. His concept of the septic tank was a very low maintenance, self-sufficient system.

The new 21st century version of septic tanks is the Aerobic Treatment System (ATS). They have two tanks, two electric pumps, and a sprinkler system to disperse the 'gray water' into the yard. One of the pumps runs 24/7. I am so glad I don’t have to put in that type. My nephew has one like that and has had so many challenges with it; plus the fact that his electricity bill is sky high! Click on this link to read more about the ATS -     

If it is possible, I plan on having the contractor save the big round lid on my old tank. Hopefully it will not break when it is removed. It may be too brittle and just crumble. I will have to disinfect it thoroughly, and then plan to place it in my yard as a base for a beautiful birdbath or fountain. Can you just see that? HA! I’ll post a picture of that, too, if the lid doesn’t disintegrate. Wish me luck with my septic tank saga!

Until next time,

Lady Lou,                                                                                                                             The Baby Boomer Babe

Lady Lou                                        

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