Monthly Archives: September 2011

Sand Mound Septic Systems

Sand mound septic systems are a fairly new concept to the septic industry and an alternative to conventional septic tank and drain field systems. The sand mound septic design was developed to facilitate homes located in low lying areas where the water table is high and the soil is not suitable for a traditional septic tank and drain field. The sand mound septic systems are more complicated in design than a conventional septic system. With the sand mound system, the…

Septic Tank Problems When it Rains

Septic tank problems when it rains are fairly common complaints with homeowners that have septic tanks and drain fields. Septic tank problems can occur when it rains for a few different reasons. The obvious reason is the abundance of water flowing over the drain field flooding the system. The back fill soil will eventually settle upon the completion of the drain field installation creating the formation of dips and valleys. The dips and valleys collect runoff rain water that flow…

Septic Tank Additives

Septic tank additives and how to determine the best septic tank products on the market? With over 1000 septic tank additives on the market, the question becomes “who is the best”? When you go to your local hardware store and ask the guy behind the counter “who has the best septic tank additives”? The salesmen will usually escort you to the septic tank additive wall of fame. The wall usually stocked full of every septic tank product you can think…

Drain Field Problems

Symptoms of drain field problems can range from slight damp spots over the drain field to sewage backing up in the house costing thousands in repairs. Septic tank odors and sewage smells are all indicative of drain field problems. Drain field problems are more common then ever with the widespread use of antibacterial. Antibacterial additives use in the United States has increased several hundred folds over the last 15 years. Antibacterial additives as well as harsh chemicals kill off natural…

Are Methane Gas Odors Really Toxic?

Are methane gas odors really toxic to humans and pets? Septic tanks, cesspits, drywells all produce natural methane gasses that will can cause asphyxiation. Exposure to methane gas can cause serious health problems. In you believe have been exposed to methane gas, get out of the area as fast as you can and contact a professional as soon as possible. The system should be inspected and the source of methane gas should be secured. Methane gas will develop in area…

Septic Tank Bacteria

Septic tank bacteria treatment is something everyone with a septic tank drain field, cesspit or cesspool should seriously consider. Over the years there has been much controversy concerning the use of septic tank treatments and their impact on septic systems. Until recently septic system operated relatively independent of any other system requiring no electrical or mechanical power. Conventional septic systems are very basic in their operation. Coil form bacteria are the primary motor in the digestion process of solids produced…

What are the Effects of Bleach on a Septic Tank?

What Are the Effects of Bleach on a Septic Tank? This post will address many questions concerning the effects of bleach and the potential harmful effects that bleach can have on a septic tank and drain field. We will briefly discuses the effects of beneficial bacterial septic tank treatments and additives. Consumers are becoming more and more aware of the impact household chemicals are having on our home and the environment. Bleach, harsh cleaning chemicals, pesticides and antibacterial products contaminate…

Aerobic Septic System Problems

Aerobic septic system problems occur more frequently then in anaerobic septic systems. In this blog we will discuss the workings of an aerobic septic system. We will compare aerobic and anaerobic systems and the differences between the two systems. Aerobic is defined as living in the presence of oxygen or requiring oxygen in order to live. Anaerobic is defined as occurring in the absence of oxygen or not requiring oxygen to live. Anaerobic septic systems have been successfully used around…

Acid Treatment for Drain Fields and Cesspits

Acid treatment for drain fields and cesspits has been the center of controversy for many years. This post will give the reader some insight into the pros and cons of using chemical additives in a drain fields, cesspits and cesspools. Chemical additives such as caustic soda, hydrogen peroxide, sulfuric acid have all been used as chemical additives in the treatment of bio mat buildup in septic systems. These products have all been credited with restoring the leaching properties of failed…

How does your Septic Tank Function?

Have you ever asked yourself how your septic tank functions? Whether you realize it or not, your septic system provides an essential vital function in your life and the life of everyone around you. If you are not connected to the municipal city sewers, than you most likely have a septic system with either a septic tank and drain field or cesspit. The waste water you use in your home makes its way out to your septic tank. Waste water…