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Jane Kilberg

I have no idea where people believe garbage disposals are OK with septic systems. Of course, folks selling those gadgets will do what they can to convince everyone that garbage grinders are OK for all systems. And then the repair folks - wow - they love garbage disposals and septic systems because it means more money in their pockets for repairs.

A septic system is a balanced system of oxygen and bacteria to break it down in a tank full of water. This becomes solid waste that settles to the bottom of the tank which is usually about 500 gallons - either one or two tanks depending on the household. The bacteria is very important to break down the wasters. The excess liquid from the water waste layer moves out the either a drain field (older method) or sprayed (aerated) in a field which is the newest method. On top there is a scum layer that builds up over time. How much and how fast depends on the household. Every so often, this scum is pumped out by Septic cleaning tanks on back of a large truck

Use of a garbage disposal can lead to having your septic system dug up, totally cleaned out and replaced. With bits of bones, oils, grease, fats, beans aka coffee beans, certain disinfectants, cleaning products, bleaches, non-biodegradable tissues, tampons, old medicines and the like - not only can clogs occur but the balance of the oxygen - bacteria system becomes unbalanced and ceases to work efficiently.

I've had a septic system for about 45 years and never have I had a septic breakdown. I've seen neighbors who had problems because they never learned how to properly use a septic system, not how to maintain it. I've personally gave them information to help them avoid not only frequent repairs but also fines by our County for septic tank overflows into the county ditches. After quite a few years, I think they have learned their lessons - the hard way!

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sheilaksb

I would not recommend storing anything but glass or plastic under a sink because of the danger of leaks and ,humidity. Even then, I would place a plastic dish pan under the drain to catch any leaks and then have a dish pan on each side to hold the glass or plastic items. If a leak does occur, a person has only to slide out the dish pans.


In the space above the doors, there should be cut-out slits to allow moisture and stale air to escape, and I did see this feature in some of the photos. If there is a concern about insects, tack or staple some window screen on the interior side of the wood with slits.


My late grandmother would save enough pieces of floor tile to cover the bottom of the sink cabinet and also any shelf in the space. She did not use tile edging to seal the seam between the cabinet bottom and side walls, but it would be a good idea to edge or caulk these spaces. The tile protected the wood from dust, leaks, and stains, and the tile surface was very easy to clean. i am in the process of finishing the interior of my new sink cabinet the same way.

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very good tips for kitchen

   

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