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Old 08-12-03, 01:27 PM
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How is the piping attached to a Cajun 500 septic tank? How is it sealed?
 
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Old 08-12-03, 07:35 PM
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Septic system pipes are usually sealed to tanks with fast-setting concrete mix like Quick-crete.
 
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Old 08-13-03, 01:14 PM
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What is the best way to take out the sewer pipe going into the septic to remove the pipe from the sealer to replace the pipe?

And another question...... sometimes my sink in the bathroom drains slowly. I used a plunger and up came black goo. When I lived in the city I poured bleach in the sinks, but with a septic what can I use to keep the pipes clean?

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A septic tank normally needs to be pumped every three to five years. That is the solution to keeping things clean. Don't put anything into the pipes leading to the septic tank except the toilet wastes and water wastes for which it was designed.

If you don't know when the tank was last pumped, it may be that spending the $150 to have it pumped would be a good investment. You would know what shape it is in and know that the tank is cleaned at that point in time.

You can always flush your lines with hot water.

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Old 08-13-03, 07:53 PM
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You just need a sledge hammer to pop the concrete "seal" around most pipe connections to a septic tank. Should break right up.
HOWEVER, if it isn't leaking, you would be MUCH better off just cutting the pipe (straight and flush) and connecting a new drain line to it with a coupling.
As far as the black goo (just algae) in the bathroom sink drain, that's easy. Use a good enzyme-based drain cleaner like Drain Care to eat it out. Just follow the directions on the jug.
Run warm water into the drain. Pour in the DrainCare and let it sit overnight. Then run the hottest water that you can down the drain to clear it. I usually run the hot water only, and then just pour a kettle of boiling hot water down too to flush it down.
If the black algae build-up is thick, you may need to do it more than once.
Guarantee that DrainCare will eat it out. I just had to do it to our downstairs bathroom sink.
Good Luck!
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