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Septic systems are science, not folklore.  Don't believe it when the village idiot tells you to throw yeast, brown sugar or dead chickens in the tank.  These tricks can actually hurt your system.

Think about this...in most cases when a septic system fails it's not the tank that is failing, it's because the drainfield/soil got plugged-up with solids and will no longer allow water to pass through it.  Pretty simple isn't it. One of the best ways to prevent solids from plugging the soil is by using filters (gee, that was a tough one).  Washing machines are a leading source of the solids that plug drainfields.

A typical family discharges enough lint every year to carpet a living room floor! Lint screens and nylon socks trap less than 5% of these contaminates. These minute particles, because they are so small and light, do not settle in the septic tank, rather they stay in suspension and are flushed out to the drainfield where they actually plug-up the pores of the soil bed.

To compound the problem much of our clothing and carpeting is now manufactured with synthetics, polyester, nylon etc... Septic systems do not breakdown plastics! Once these non-organic materials enter the drainfield, there is no way to remove them.

THE FILTROL 160 WAS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO REMOVE THESE DAMAGING MATERIALS BEFORE THEY GO DOWN THE DRAIN AND PLUG YOUR SYSTEM

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This filter has been featured on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and FOX news broadcasts around the country.  Entire communities, prisons, Laundromats are using this filter and many contractors are automatically including it with every system they install.  Some Government Agencies  would like to make filtered wash water a code requirement! Why? Because it works!  With the cost to replace a septic system running $5,000 to more than $20,000 the FILTROL 160 is cheap insurance to protect your wallet and your property.  

I have used the Septic Protector for over a year and the performance is OUTSTANDING! It collects an unbelievable amount of lint (before I purchased the Septic Protector, I had a backup). I believe the Septic Protector is one way to keep the system running well by keeping the bad in-organic washing machine stuff like nylons/polyester lint out of the septic system. Your product is great and I believe it will help keep my 40 year septic system in top shape. The only question I have is how will I know when to replace the nylon filter. It looks about the same as it was when new. You can post this Email on your web site. G.S.

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Filtrol 160 with one filter

$139.95

$12.95

$152.90

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Filtrol 160  with/extra filter* (suggested)

$152.90

$12.95

$165.85

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Replacement 160 micron filters (last 1-3 years) $12.95 $6.50 $19.45 CALL 1-888-873-6505 TO ORDER VIA TELEPHONE

bUT IT ISN'T JUST FOR PEOPLE ON SEPTIC SYSTEMS.  EVEN CITY PEOPLE ARE USING IT:

I HAVE TO TELL YOU HOW GREAT THE WASHING MACHINE FILTER WORKS.  BEFORE I INSTALLED THE FILTER I HAD EXPENSIVE PLUMBING PROBLEMS WITH LINT FROM MY WASHING MACHINE PLUGGING UP MY DRAINS AND SEWER LINE TO THE STREET. THE AVERAGE BILL WAS $150.00!  NOW SINCE I HAVE INSTALLED THE FILTROL NO MORE PLUMBING BILLS!!!!!!! YOU SHOULD CALL IT THE PLUMBING PROTECTOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  DAVID W.  in OHIO

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Like effluent filters, soil fracturing, soil amenders, alternative systems, septic heaters, etc.

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Most septic failures occur when the drainfield gets plugged with solids that were supposed to stay in the tank. Effluent filters, $50 to $100, are installed (by a contractor...not a do-it-yourself project) in the exit baffle of the tank and stop the LARGER solids from getting out to the drainfield. These filters are cleaned when you have your tank inspected...Cheap insurance and along with a washing machine filter, one of the best things you can do to protect your system from failure. Call 1-888-878-3752 or checkout their website at http://www.orenco.com

Many states are now getting smart and making easy access to the tank for inspection/pumping/service a requirement by having the tank cover at the surface. No more of that "lets bury the tank 6 feet deep so we can never get to it." And it only makes sense…having a tank so deep you need heavy equipment to get to it is like welding the hood of your car shut.

However there is a drawback to this, it makes getting in the tank too easy and over the last few years there have been several cases of children (with their natural curiosity) opening the tanks, falling in and drowning. Click here to see septic deaths

Polylok makes access covers that lock. Lets the contractor in but keeps the kids out. You can have one installed usually less than $300. Cheap insurance. They also make safety nets appropriately called kid catchers.  They carry a full line of effluent filters as well.  Check out their website http://www.polylok.com/ or call them at 1-888-765-9565   

Of course you don't want a cover sticking up in your yard, so get a decorative rock to cover it (see below).  I have 2 in my yard covering my inspection pipes and plan to get a few more.  

One of the biggest advances in the septic industry is the use of gravelless chamber systems.

  • The Infiltrator Chamber System is designed to replace  stone and pipe leachfields.  Each chamber provides more than twice the leaching capacity of traditional methods, so you get a safer, more reliable, and more efficient system.

  • Infiltrator chambers are designed for quick and easy installation.  Only the leachfield area of your yard is affected.  The rest remains undisturbed.  This differs from stone and pipe installations which require heavy equipment for hauling and dumping the stone.  A significant amount of cleanup is needed in stone and pipe situations and the potential for yard damage is greatly increased.

  • For more information call Infiltrator Systems directly at 1-800-221-4436 or visit their web site at http://www.infiltratorsystems.com   to learn more about these innovative chamber systems.  

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Many states are now requiring inspection pipes and covers be exposed. There are 2 reasons for this: The first is ease of access…when it comes time to pump, inspect or troubleshoot the system no one wants to spend time searching for and digging up these access ports. If they are exposed the contractor can do their job much easier and faster (and cheaper). The second reason is, there is a visual reminder for the homeowner that they have a septic system. When you completely bury that system the "out of sight, out of mind" phenomenon takes place…people forget they have a septic system and the abuse soon follows.

Having these ports exposed is great…except they are ugly, particularly if you have spent a lot of time and money making the rest of your yard look beautiful. There is a solution however, cover them with fake rocks. These rocks are light enough to move around, yet heavy enough they won’t blow away. You can get them in a variety of different shapes and colors. I have 2 in my yard for my septic system and plan on getting another to cover my wellhead.  Call 1-877-329-6757 or click here www.fakerock.com/ to see them.

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SOIL FRACTURING TO REJUVENATE FAILED SYSTEMS: When drainfields become plugged or compacted, they can’t drain and fill up with effluent drowning the aerobic bacteria. Many failed systems can be rejuvenated by fracturing the soil. This process utilizes a hollow tube inserted into the soil, then a 300 pound blast of air is injected into the soil creating thousands of tiny fissures. These fissures allow the drainfield to drain creating an oxygen atmosphere and allowing the aerobic bacterial colonies to re-populate. This process, known as Terralifting, can be performed in a matter of hours with no digging or damage to the yard. The cost will range from $1,000-$2,000. A lot cheaper than a replacement. Call 1-888-298-4272 to find out where the nearest machine/contractor is to you. You can also find them on the web at www.terraliftinternational.com

ALTERNATIVE SYSTEMS: In the old days people would have a separate system just for their sinks/showers/washing machines and there is a place for them....but you can not just start hosing down the petunias and tomatoes with it...grey water is still contaminated and needs to go through the treatment process.  The Wastewater Garden System is an excellent addition to an existing system for irrigation, as a primary treatment system in environmentally sensitive areas, or even for those on city utilities for those people that pay high water bills for their gardens.  These systems are being used all over the world. Call 978-369-9440 or www.ecological-engineering.com

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If you have read my writings you know I am not a big fan of additives. It’s not that they don’t work and there is not a place for them, it’s the fact that people use them and think they take the place of preventive maintenance and this is not true. At the very least the tank needs to be regularly inspected to find problems before they become failures (what happens if your exit baffle falls off…you won’t find out until the system is totally shot).

One product I now recommend (because I tested it on failing systems and it worked) is Septic Scrub. Septic Scrub is an environmentally safe product that can get some failing systems going again. And if you don’t mind doing a little digging to find the distribution box, you can do it yourself.  Call 1-888-352-7226 or check out http://www.arcan.com/


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  Sodium, (salt) in wastewater can cause clay particles to chemically bond developing a water proof barrier. If this is a problem (water softener) with your system, calcium-polysulfide or Septic Seep can correct the damaged soils.  Call 1-800-372-9637 or email  drayner@psnw.com

Most regulators and academics will say additives are bad for a system.  But that response comes from the aggressive methods some sales people use inferring the use of their product will eliminate the need for any care or maintenance of the system.  Wrong, you still need to use and maintain the system properly.  Then there are the concoctions some idiot makes up in their garage to eat the goo and gunk in a system.  Unfortunately those are often acids that will eat anything (including concrete) but ultimately end-up in your drinking water supplies.  Where these “products” have been used the rates of cancer and birth defects goes through the roof. 

So here is the truth/science of high quality additives.  Solids breakdown in a tank through bacterial action, but it is a slow process and is why most need to have the tank pumped every 1 to 3 years. But the rate of build can be affected by behavior in the house.  The use of harsh cleaning solutions kills bacteria in the house; flush them down the drain and they kill/slow down the bacteria in the tank.  Even the use of antibiotics can do damage.  Those antibiotics kill bacteria in your body but then you go to the bathroom and you are killing the good bacteria in your septic system. 

 

 
I tested the efficiency of bacterial additives in a study years ago.  Families on long-term antibiotics to treat lyme disease and on chemotherapy were also having major system problems.  The additive I tested to counteract the effects of these medications was Lenzyme.  This stuff worked because it is formulated for septic systems, not in someone’s garage or for an industrial application.  These results were echoed by septic contractors that have been using it for more than 30 years, particularly those that service aerobic systems.  Now I even use it.  I still have my system inspected every year just to make sure but haven’t needed the tank pumped in four years and at 30 years old my system still works like new.  Call 800-223-3083 or http://lenzyme.com/index.html to find out where to get it.

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Odors are a big problem for some homes.  Vents on the roof allow the pressure to equalize as waste water flows down through the drain pipes, without a vent system your sinks/tubs/toilets would gurgle, glug, and drain slow.  Often these problems are caused by wind currents.  As the wind blows over the house, the air currents that are supposed to carry the gasses up and away can carry the sewer gasses down into the living areas. 

The SWEETAIR filtration device is an activated carbon filter that can prevent this problem by removing the offensive odors as they come out of the vent.  They cost about $50 and most homeowners can easily attach the filter themselves in minutes.   They can last 20+ years and as an added bonus, they prevent birds, squirrels and leaves from clogging your vent stack (I once found a HUGE gray squirrel in my toilet that had crawled into the vent/plumbing system from the roof.  Luckily I looked before...well, you know.   I now have a vent filter to prevent future intruders...true story).  Call Sweet Septic at 1-800-622-8768 or visit their webpage at www.sweetair.com.  

      

Over the last few years we have had record numbers of septic systems freezing up.  When we have a winter with low temps and little or no snow cover, the cold will find the weaknesses in your system.  Some people have resorted to putting electric heating elements into the tank.  Two problems with this are; it's not the tank that freezes (first), it usually starts in the drainfield and works its way back to the tank.  Second, the tank can explode from the methane gas and that could ruin your whole day. 

However here is a heater that is designed specifically for septic systems.  You place it on top of your inspection pipe and with a thermostatic control, kicks on when needed and blows hot air through the entire system.  Anyone that has lived through a frozen system knows it is expensive and a major hassle. 

Where this is really going to come in to play is with seasonal cabins.  Use this heater and you can keep the cabin open all year.  Check out www.septicheater.com or call 1 (888) 417-3784.        

Here is something you may find handy. I have a habit of "losing" my favorite pants and shirts when my wife is ready to wash them.  Consequently I don't get to wear them when I want to.  A while back I got one of these mini-washing machines for less than $60.  A little water, a little soap, crank the handle for a few minutes and they are ready for the dryer.  It is great because you don't need to run the washing machine for a small load.  It would work great for a cabin where water or electrical power is an issue. It would be great for an RV or single people that don't have a lot of clothes to wash.  Call 1-888-813-9559 or visit laundry-alternative.com  They have a lot of other cool stuff that you can not find in stores and lots more information on the status of septic systems.

My daughter asked if she could use it because my grandson is a drooler and she is constantly washing his outfits...now she won't give it back.

 

   
Tip: If you are going to be throwing any summer parties (Fourth of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day, graduation party, etc.) rent a porta-potty. They will only cost you $50-$100 and not only will you be protecting your septic system, you will keep inebriated idiots out of your house and in the yard where they belong!  For entertaining over the winter Holidays, have the tank pumped just before a big get together (and an effluent filter installed in the tank) and/or try to get as much of the water use (cleaning) out of the way a few days before the people show up.  

Tip: Do you have a water softener?  These devices can put several hundred gallons of water down the drain every week that is not contaminated and does not need to go through the treatment process.  Up-grade your softener with a newer efficient model that uses less water and regenerates on demand (when you use x number of gallons of water) instead of a timer system that regenerates whether you use water or not.  You can also install a mini-septic system for your softener.   Click here for do-it-yourself design plans

By the way, if someone tells you that these products are not necessary consider the source and motive.  Although most septic contractors care about their customers, I have had some say they don't want these products sold because they want those system to fail guaranteeing future work (look on the articles page for more on this problem).   

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