Hello Mary Barker,
If the pickle is blue, you need to change it. I’ll ask John Burgess,
the chemist resource to confirm, but I think the blue color is copper
sulfate in your pickle. That chemical can be a benefit your septic
system, as I’ll explain below.
So far as putting neutralized pickel into your septic system, it
should be OK if completely neutralized. Baking soda is cheap, you
probably have it in your kitchen cabinet, and it neutralizes the
acidic pickle. Add it slowly, let the bubbling diminish, and add
more soda until there is no more bubbling. The pickle is then
The environment of a septic tank is pretty corrosive and a quart or
so of neutralized Sparex would have no effect. If you have any trees
or shrubs growing near the underground absorption field (also called
drainfield or lateral field) copper sulfate (called “bluestone”) in
granular form is commonly added to the tank in early spring at the
rate of one to two pounds for each 500 gal. of tank capacity. It
discourages tree roots growing into and and plugging the small
openings in the underground distribution pipes. The very small
amount coming from your pickle would be nothing in comparison.
I think the gray color or stain on your silver sounds like fire
scale. If the flux did not completely cover the silver, then oxygen
would have had a chance to do it’s thing… voila’ fire scale.
Others are far more able than I to explain the process… my
speciality is sewage ;).
Good luck with it and find the thread bout Prip’s flux in the
archives. That stuff has made me a believer!
Judy in Kansas where my tomato plants are in the ground and seeds are
Judy M. Willingham, R.S.
221 Call Hall Kansas State Univerisity
Manhattan KS 66506
(785) 532-1213 FAX (785) 532-5681
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