I bought the property after the house burned down. I just finished removing all the fire debris from the house pit (former basement) this past weekend. I found the hole which I believe leads to the septic tank. The hole is on the floor against the wall and slopes away at about 30 degrees. It seems as though the sewage pipe must have run straight up to the first floor from this point providing drainage for the kitchen appliances and sink. Based on the location of the two tubs in the debris, I am guessing the bathrooms would have both been on the first floor and the sewage pipes ran across the basement ceiling to the vertical pipe to the septic. I don't expect to have the electricity turned on until the fall. This means I will not have water from the well until then. I am guessing this type of arrangement requires water flushing action to get the stuff to the tank and then out to the leach field. I am currently using the bucket and sawdust system that I learned about here. I would like to install a toilet as soon as I have water. The hole in the floor looks like cement, not pipe. The sewage pipe must have been plastic because I did not find any metal pipe remains. If I put in plastic, how do I connect it to the cement hole in the floor? How do I seal it? The county sanitation guy said that the system would not have been harmed by the fire and that sitting unused was a good thing. The house burned 1/2001. Is there something I should do before I start putting stuff down the septic again? Do I need to add something to the tank?