Septic System Owner's Manual

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More than 28 million households have septic systems, but few homeowners know how they operate or how to maintain them. This clearly written, illustrated guide addresses that need, emphasizing conventional septic systems powered by gravity flow, filtering through soil, and the natural soil organisms that purify sewage. The book discusses maintenance, what to do if things go wrong, and alternative systems such as mounds and sand filters. Additional chapters cover graywater systems, composting toilets, and a unique...
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Overview


More than 28 million households have septic systems, but few homeowners know how they operate or how to maintain them. This clearly written, illustrated guide addresses that need, emphasizing conventional septic systems powered by gravity flow, filtering through soil, and the natural soil organisms that purify sewage. The book discusses maintenance, what to do if things go wrong, and alternative systems such as mounds and sand filters. Additional chapters cover graywater systems, composting toilets, and a unique history of water-borne waste disposal. This expanded edition contains three new chapters.
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Editorial Reviews

Peter Hemp
If you have a septic system or-like me-are thinking about getting one, this volume deserves to be on your bookshelf. Fine Homebuilding
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780936070407
  • Publisher: Shelter Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 294,532
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents


What It's About     viii
The Tank     2
The Drainfield     12
The Soil     28
Down the Drain     36
Septic System Maintenance     46
Red Alert!     55
Graywater Systems     62
Composting Toilet Systems     72
Advanced Systems     84
Excessive Engineering and Regulatory Overkill     100
A Tale of Two Sewers     111
Small Town Septic System Upgrades     117
A Brief History of Wastewater Disposal     133
Appendix     156
Index     176
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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    Almost disturbingly enjoyable

    I don't have a septic system, I was just interested in an overview of community waste water management. I had so much fun reading The Septic System Owner's Manual, I longed to talk about it with somebody (ANYbody?) and ran into the main downside of this book: people look at you really weird if you try to work the topics into everyday conversation. Each topic is written in a manner that is thorough but easy to understand. Great overviews of how septic systems work, different designs, some fundamnental troubleshooting, ideas on how to help a community choose and expand their communal waste treatment, and an entertaining history of waste treatment over the centuries. There are also some interesting and challenging ideas of how to recycle grey water (from tub and laundry) that could be applied to help homes without septic systems manage their water use in a more sustainable way. If you're looking at understanding how your community is dealing with water use so you can go to city council meetings and make realistic, positive suggestions, depending on the size of your community, you may need other resources -- but I can't think of a better book to start with than this one. Loads of useful basics in a fun-to-read package.

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  • Posted December 7, 2009

    Unique Book.

    Easy to understand. Very practical. This is good information to know. I own a home with a septic system so I purchased this book. I would recommend this book to any homeowner, contractor, owner builder, etc.

    This book would be useful to read prior to developing property that requires a septic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2001

    A must have when beginning to understand Septic systems

    This is an excellent book for getting a basic understanding of how a septic system works and how to maintain it. The illustrations are wonderful and easy to understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2001

    Great book, great illustrations

    This is a great book with great illustrations that make understanding the basics of septic systems very straightforward. As an engineer, I strongly recommend this book as a reference for those who own a home that is on a septic system or those who are planning on buying a home that is on a septic system.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2000

    If you are wanting problem solving skip this book!

    The book gives a good background of how a septic system works, but not much troubleshooting. It would have been nice to see more on how to fix problems, who to contact, etc...

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