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Bypass Drain Improves Septic Tank Performance
Septic tanks can't do the job they're intended to do if water from your clothes washer, dishwasher and sink empty into the tank along with other household wastewater, says E.H. Heidenreich, Northville, S. Dak.
The ideal solution is to have two drain lines coming out of the house, bypassing the septic tank with the one that carries the wash and sink water. "My father-in-law taught me this trick 50 years ago and there are some tanks he in-stalled that have never had to be cleaned out. Bacteria just doesn't have a chance to work when you run all that water through the tank. My own septic tank is 35 years old and I have never touched it," says Heidenreich.
(Reprinted courtesy The Neighbor, Sioux Falls, S. Dak.)

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