Septic Tanks and Septic Fields

     A septic tank, the key component of a septic system, is a small scale sewage treatment system common in areas with no connection to main sewage pipes provided by private corporations or local governments. (Other components, typically mandated and/or restricted by local governments, optionally include pumps, alarms, sand filters, and clarified liquid effluent disposal means such as a septic drain field.  Septic systems are a type of On-Site Sewage Facility.

     In North America approximately 25% of the population relies on septic tanks; this can include suburbs and small towns as well as rural areas. Indianapolis, Indiana is an example of a large city where much of the city's neighborhoods are still on separate septic systems.  In Europe they are generally limited to rural areas only.

     The term "septic" refers to the anaerobic bacterial environment that develops in the tank and which decomposes or mineralizes the waste discharged into the tank. Adding a supplemental bacterial agent (enzymes) to the tank may accelerate the digestion of solids in the tank. Septic tanks can be coupled with other on-site wastewater treatment units such as biofilters or aerobic systems involving artificial forced aeration.

      Periodic preventive maintenance is required to remove the irreducible solids which settle and gradually fill the tank, reducing its efficiency. In most jurisdictions this maintenance is required by law, yet often not enforced. Those who ignore the requirement will eventually be faced with extremely costly repairs when solids escape the tank and destroy the clarified liquid effluent disposal means. A properly cared-for system, on the other hand, can last for decades and possibly a lifetime.

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     It is recommended to use an enzyme additive to keep the septic system working properly.  Enzyme additives helps prevent septic drain field failure, costly repairs and possible excavation of the septic field. Dissolves Grease, Fats, Paper, Starches and Protein.  Concentrated, 100% natural Bio-enzymatic active ingredients.


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      Roots of shrubbery and trees growing near sewer lines frequently penetrate pipes in search of moisture and nutrients. If not controlled, root hairs will grow in diameter and number causing tile breakage, gradual reduced flow, and sometimes complete stoppage. Root Clear is effective in keeping sewer lines free of harmful roots. It is safe for drain systems and does not harm outdoor shrubbery or trees.


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Potential septic tank problems:

  1. Excessive dumping of cooking oils and grease can fill up the upper portion of the septic tank and can cause the inlet drains to block. Oils and grease are often difficult to degrade and can cause odor problems and difficulties with the periodic emptying.
  2. Flushing non-biodegradable hygiene products such as sanitary towels and cotton balls will rapidly fill or clog a septic tank; these materials should not be disposed of in this way.  Use Drain Out Enzyme Septic System Treatment to help prevent this problem.
  3. The use of garbage disposals for waste food can cause a rapid overload of the system and early failure.
  4. Certain chemicals may damage the operation of a septic tank, especially pesticides, herbicides, materials with high concentrations of bleach or caustic soda (lye) or any other inorganic materials such as paints or solvents.
  5. Roots from trees and shrubbery growing above the tank or the drain field may clog and or rupture them.  Use Root Clear to prevent this problem.
  6. Playgrounds and storage buildings may cause damage to a tank and the drainage field. In addition, covering the drainage field with an impervious surface, such as a driveway or parking area, will seriously affect its efficiency and possibly damage the tank and absorption system.
  7. Excessive water entering the system will overload it and cause it to fail. Checking for plumbing leaks and practicing water conservation will help the system's long term operation.
  8. Even well maintained septic tanks release mucus-producing anaerobic gut bacteria to the drainage field. The mucus "slime" will slowly clog the soil pores surrounding the drain pipe and percolation can slow to the point where backups or surfacing effluent can occur. This slime is called Biomat and such a failure is referred to as "Biomat failure".
  9. If the system is damaged or malfunctions, contact your local health or environmental authority before attempting any repairs. Improper repair can result in costly mistakes and potential health hazards.
  10. Septic tanks by themselves are ineffective at removing nitrogen compounds that can cause algae blooms in receiving waters; this can be remedied by using a nitrogen-reducing technology.