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Old 02-05-2011, 01:26 PM
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Default RID X vs. Brewer's Yeast

I have been told that using Brewer's Yeast worked better in a septic tank than RID X. Has anyone heard of using Brewer's Yeast, or had any experience using it?

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if you really want to get your septic system working like it should, a couple shovels full of good fresh horse manure dropped into the tank will get the right organisms in better than ridx
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:00 PM
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A properly designed septic tanks and drain field really doesn't need additives. From what I understand, some of the tank additives can actually cause more trouble than what they claim to help. If too much of the waste is "digested" it will overflow and eventually adversely affect the drain field.

IMHO, the key to a septic tank is to keep everything out of it, except for what it was designed to contain. That includes lots of beach, antibacterial stuff, presription meds, water from cleaning paint brushes, oil & grease, hand wipes & female sanitary products, etc & etc.

If you feel you must add something, do as one of my neighbors does. Mixes one package of instant yeast with warm water, per month. Pours down the kitchen sink. Sends it to the tank with more barely warm (too hot will kill the yeast).

Can't remember now, how long he's lived there. Been quite a few years and the tank hasn't been pumped. BTW, we've lived here since 1974 and have had ours pumped one time. Never used any kind of additive. Just try to keep out as much as we can of what shouldn't be in it.

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My best friend has a electrical and pumping business and they do lots of septic work. He has found out that with the advent of all the anti bacteria products now have led to septic system not operating right. Even the ones that use rid x can't keep the bacteria alive long enough to do any good. Now when he installs a new septic system he has a warning given to all the home owners about the use of anti bacteria products.

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Old 02-05-2011, 06:47 PM
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Thank you all for the information. I like a minimalist approach, so no harm, ie nothing in that shouldn't go in, and a package of yeast in warm water seems reasonable.

I had to have two tanks pumped out last year.... (One on my new place, the other on a place I have had for 13 yrs.) Hopefully with your suggestions, it will be a long time before it needs to be done again.

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Old 02-06-2011, 02:27 PM
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We use the active dry yeast once a month. Advice from a septic tank pumping service. My Dad went 22 years without needing a pump out. He finally had to get it pumped out because a city water line broke and flooded everything in sight, including his leach field.
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:44 AM
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I start the bacterial colony with a 1/2 bucket of cow flops. I have moved in where the system was supposed to be 'broken' and had it pumped then started it with the manure and a shower and have never had a reoccurrance, one place been running mostly with fenceline riders for over 50 years. One place with city people had to be pumped 5 years later.
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:33 AM
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Does it have to be brewers yeast? Will bakers yeast do the same thing?
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