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  • #16
    Re: cement septic tank/ water softener compatability

    Originally posted by Blash1 View Post
    Believe what you will.
    My observations are that the tank lid and wall were severely decomposed. The residual material that remained intact was encrusted with a white crystaline salty looking residue.
    The concrete baffle was eaten right through.
    Our soil is clay and tends to be fairly alkaline which should be non-detrimental to concrete. Fact is there wasnt any evidence of attack on the outside of the tank. It was all on the inside.
    The sewage pumpers that turned out were quick to ask if a softener was involved when they saw the damage.
    I vote for salt influenced concrete degradation.
    Thanks. I will pay closer attention and try to see if there is any higher degree of decomposition when a softener is involved.

    But experience to this point is inconclusive for me.

    J.C.

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    • #17
      Re: cement septic tank/ water softener compatability

      I would like to vote we delay making any decisions on this subject and wait SIX MORE YEARS and discuss it again.
      Anyone can tear a man down, few can build one up.

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      • #18
        Re: cement septic tank/ water softener compatability

        Salt "eating" concrete is a misconception.

        In cold areas they say to use calcium, not salt on concrete because of the freeze thaw cycles. A concrete walk way with salt or calcium will still freeze if the temps are low enough, but it will freeze and thaw (that is what causes the destruction) a lot more often with salt.

        H2S mixing with a certain bacteria (name eludes me right now) produces sulfuric acid and that is what reduces the life of a septic tank.
        The bacteria can only live in a low PH environment. You should check the PH in the tank. It should be above 4 in order to combat the bacteria.
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        • #19
          Re: cement septic tank/ water softener compatability

          Thiobacillus is the name of the bacteria.

          And I stand corrected on the PH level. It's the surface of the cement that should be tested and it should be above 9. Ideal is between 11-12.
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          • #20
            Re: cement septic tank/ water softener compatability

            What I understand is the salt makes the tank unsettled. In other words it won't have three distinct layers as the salt will cause the sludge to buoy into the clearzone. When this happens the sludge will carry out into the drainfield causing premature failure.

            Tank degredation is usually caused by the system not venting properly keeping the acidic atmosphere in the tank.
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