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Old 05-07-2009, 08:16 AM   #15
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I would also like to know about dumping the holding tanks into the septic system at our house.

Anyone "been there, done that?"

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Old 05-07-2009, 08:21 AM   #16
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Great thread. I've been wanting to do this as well but haven't found the 'clean-out' with the square topped cap anywhere. If the city sewer line is under the middle of the street, wouldn't the house sewer line head that direction but off to the side of the house? If I call the city sewer dept. will someone really come out to the house? If so, that would be great.

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Old 05-07-2009, 08:31 AM   #17
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:40 AM   #18
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I would also like to know about dumping the holding tanks into the septic system at our house.

Anyone "been there, done that?"

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Yes, our cleanout is about 5' from the house in line with the cover to the septic tank. I coated the threaded portion of the cap with silcone grease to make it easier to remove and replace.
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:42 AM   #19
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They will here,and mark where their lateral is supposed to be,then you must try and figure out how your plumber originally ran it out from your house.
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:13 AM   #20
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Yes, our cleanout is about 5' from the house in line with the cover to the septic tank. I coated the threaded portion of the cap with silcone grease to make it easier to remove and replace.
Good to know. Do you use any types of chemicals in your blackwater tank? I've read that some are harmful to septics.

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Old 05-07-2009, 09:20 AM   #21
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I would also like to know about dumping the holding tanks into the septic system at our house.

Anyone "been there, done that?"

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I added a clean out on the inlet side of the septic tank. It works fine. The tank easily takes the 30 gallons.
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:29 AM   #22
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I added a clean out on the inlet side of the septic tank. It works fine. The tank easily takes the 30 gallons.
I believe ours already has the cleanout but its far enough away that I would need to use one of the pumps.

I'm liking this idea more and more.......

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Old 05-07-2009, 09:31 AM   #23
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If it is you can get a pipe wrench to fit it and remove it. We have two four inch clean outs in out septic system and I only have them finger tight so I can remove them when I want to dump the black tanks.
Exactly what I'm talking about, thanks! Are those pipe wrenches available at box stores, or will I need to hit a plumbing specialty store? And good idea on the finger-tight and/or light grease to make it easier to use.

Also, for those who either don't have a clean-out, or can't find it, lately in my city, any time someone has a plumbing issue with their drain lines, the city sewer crews often come out and install a second clean-out closer to the street. And, the lines don't always run along your property. I know this because my neighbor had a drainage issue, and the city installed a giant clean-out right in the middle of my flower bed. The bed is right by the sidewalk, so the city does have right-of-way there, but it was an major eyesore. It is now surrounded by a "rock formation" which makes it less obtrusive, but I'm still hacked off about it.
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Thanks for all the replies so far. I have a septic system so would appreciate any replies on black water tank chemicals to avoid or those you'd recommend that will work with a septic system (what I have). I easily found the clean-out in my basement with the large square knob at shown in the photo.
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Black water into septic systems

While building our house we created a full hookup pad and while doing so I called the manufacturer of our septic system which is a little more high tech than the basic systems. The manufacturer confirmed that we don't want to dump chemicals containing formaldehyde (see Silverhobby post) into a septic of any type. We now use the non-formaldehyde chemicals that seem to do just fine. It was also recommended that we flush plenty of water behind our black water. We follow the black water dump with a full tank of wash water. Good luck with your plans.
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When we lived in Jacksonville we lived in a house built in 1927. This neighborhood originally had city sewer. The clean out in front of the house was added in more recent times.

Sometimes, the clean-out are under an inch or two of dirt and you have to poke around for it. If you find that your house does not have a clean-out, you should probably add one for reasons other than dumping your Airstream.

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RV Sewer Connection Legal??

Just becasue I know it's not legal to connect an RV dump hookup to the sewer line in my city, you may want to check your local laws before doing so.

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This is all great info. I'm going to call the city and get them out here. Maybe I don't want to mention that I want to occasionally dump my trailer's tanks. Might not be legal, really?

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