Originally Posted by NJTramcar
There were 8 toilets to a septic tank so it was 8 cans total. It seemed to work, I was there for 8 years and never did it get pumped out and we were there 365 days a year with guests at least 300 days of the year.
Tramcar, I was just poking fun. I wouldn't be surprised if beer would aid if septic tank function.
My wife and I have been here 10 years, new construction. I was surprised after 3 years the tank clogged and had to have it pumped. I found out that the town mandated a filter on the outlet of the tank. The filter was clogged and caused the back up. Anything from the 2nd floor caused the toilet on the first floor to gurgle. Imagine me being here for 3 years and having your septic pumped for the first time and thinking something is wrong. Having been in dwellings that have had septic systems and had never had to be pumped that surprised me on a new house. Lo and behold the filter. The filter was clogged. Had the tank pumped and cleaned the filter. The filter is nothing more than a screen to keep particulate matter from getting into the leech field. Solution: I put screens on the kitchen sinks which I clean periodically. They catch all the food matter. So far no pump in 7 years. But will have it pumped before the yard gets regraded. My parents had a tank and if I remember right only had it pumped 2 or 3 times in 40 years. Having been on a septic system all my life I've always been careful of what went down the drain. That's key.
If a lot of grease, fats and oils go down the drain, it's probably good idea to have the tank cleaned. Don't want the oils to get out to the field and clog it up or reduce absorption.