Septic System Owner's Manual

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Shelter Publications, 2000 - House & Home - 163 pages
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This is a thorough, non-technical handbook and guide to the basics of septic systems--the physical process that takes place in the septic system and the simple technology needed to make it work. Emphasis is on conventional septic systems powered by gravity flow, filtering through soil, and the natural soil organisms that purify sewage. The book covers, in addition to septic tanks and drainfields, septic system maintenance, what to do if things go wrong, and alternative systems such as mounds and sand filters. There are also chapters on greywater systems, composting toilets, and a unique history of water-borne waste disposal. Until now there has not been a comprehensive, nontechnical book for homeowners about the intricate workings of a septic system --what it is, how it works, and how to maintain and repair it. Peter Aschwanden, illustrator of the celebrated classic How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive, did the informative and witty drawings in the book. There are over 28 million septic systems in America, and this book shows homeowners how to keep them up (or should we say down?) and running.

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User Review  - ashleyk44 - LibraryThing

We just bought our first home, complete with septic system - which neither of us has ever lived with before! When we moved in, we realized we knew absolutely nothing (beyond what friends had told us ... Read full review

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User Review  - JoeCottonwood - LibraryThing

"Approximately one-fourth (26 million) of the estimated 124 million housing units in the USA are served by septic tanks or cesspools." And my house is one of them. This is the best book out there for ... Read full review


Waterborne waste from the house flows first to the septic tank Its job is to separate
Effluent liquid waste minus solids flows from the tank to the drainfield where it

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