Laundry in the Small Town

datePosted on 10:42, November 14th, 2012 by Small Town Mommy

My laundry is plotting against me.  A few months ago, I had mentioned that Libby (13-year old) had taken over the laundry.  Yeah, that didn’t last.  The ball is back in my court (and the laundry is back in my hamper).

Since it’s now up to me, we have fallen far behind.  I walk by the laundry room and all the dirty laundry mocks me.  It calls my name and points out that I will never finish.  Folding is my kryptonite so I always have things waiting to be folded.

You might be wondering why I don’t just take a day and just do it all.  My laundry doesn’t work that way.  I have written about the septic system in the past.  We still have a septic system and I am still terrified of my scum level.

If you aren’t familiar with septic tank language, the inside separates into 3 levels (FYI, this is kind of disgusting so you might just want to skip to the next paragraph).  The bottom layer is solids (I warned you).  The middle layer is liquids (ewwww) and the top layer is scum (the scum always rises to the top?).  If you send too much water into the septic tank (read do too much laundry), you will cause the scum level to separate.  This results in needing a new septic tank (I don’t want to have to add a new septic tank to my list for Santa).

Don’t worry, I am not capable of doing 3 loads of laundry a day.  I just don’t have the motivation.  So I think my septic tank is safe.  Although now that I think about it, I wonder if it needs to be emptied.

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6 Responses to “Laundry in the Small Town”

  1. Elle on November 14th, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Not a fan of septic tanks. My parents have one and my mom is always stressing over it. She was so happy when we bought our house and we told her it had town sewerage. That’s like a dream for her. Sorry about your septic tank and laundry issues.

  2. ann on November 14th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Never had to worry about a septic tank and after your description I’m quite happy about that…lol

  3. meleahrebeccah on November 14th, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I don’t know anything about Septic Tanks, but if I lived closer to you, I would totally tackle your laundry for you!

  4. blueyes on November 16th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I remember when they had to dig up our backyard due to ours breaking. It was N A S T Y to say the least.

    I don’t envy you on that but if it’s THAT much, hows about a trip to the laundry mat and have it done all at once? Thinking out of the box here :)

  5. Lynda Petek on November 16th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Scrutinize your system once each year. Assess the sludge and scum levels inside your septic tank to make sure that the layers of solids are not within the “early warning” levels. The tank also should be examined to determine if the baffles or tees are in good shape.

  6. lin on November 18th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    You are gonna kill me for this suggestion, but here it is….

    I’d pack up all that laundry…AND the kids and head to the local laundromat. I’d use the big machines and load them up and get all the laundry caught up once and for all. And I’d make it a family event with maybe a nice lunch or dinner out afterwards. I think if you do it all at once, you could keep it up by doing one load a day.

    I know, the idea sucks, but imagine being all caught up!! And holding those darn kids hostage at the laundromat and the only way to get outta there faster is by everyone helping!

    (No, I’m not drunk as I type this.)