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Septic systems and dehumidifying chemical packets...?

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Sorry but a total septic newbie question.Β  We have a house (built in 1995) with a septic system.

We also over the last few months have purchased and used those dehumidifying packets and boxes from Leroy Merlin which extract liquid out of the air with a chemical system leaving a slightly yellow colored water in the 'tank'. They come with new white chemical blocks to set on them to 'recharge' the dehumidifier.

Question: With a septic system, can we just pour the liquid down the drain into the septic system? I realize now that septic systems have a lot of natural enzymes and processes which help with the septic degradation process and I don't want to screw anything up? I ALSO realize now that maybe just relying on a electric dehumidifier may be the best option going forward.

Thanks for any advice/opinions.

Gene

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Do you know what type of septic system you have?Β  Does it leach out (as older ones did, including into the 90s) or is it fully contained and requiring emptying?

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Thanks. I'm not sure but the prior owners seemed to say they only had it emptied once or twice so I'm guessing it leeches out... again my ignorance is greater than even my wife imagined... πŸ™‚

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If it leaches out (or there's a good chance it does) then I would minimise any chemicals going into it (including bleach, etc).Β  You need the composting process to work naturally, not be stopped by chemical imbalance.Β  I would find somewhere else to pour your saline solution - somewhere it won't affect plants/animals.Β  This kind of thing is a little annoying - it's the same thing after painting, when cleaning brushes, disposing of thinners, etc...Β  But best to keep your septic system to the necessary waste, with toilet paper, and as little else as possible.Β  We use eco laundry products and washing up liquid, and are careful with any other cleaners.Β  You'll get used to it!

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Excellent. Thank you!!

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