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
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.
FILTROL 160 WAS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO REMOVE THESE DAMAGING MATERIALS
BEFORE THEY GO DOWN THE DRAIN AND PLUG YOUR SYSTEM
filter has been featured on
ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and FOX
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.
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
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
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effluent filters, soil fracturing, soil amenders, alternative systems,
septic heaters, etc.
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
||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.
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
Tuf-Tite 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. Check out their website
or call them at 1-800-382-7009
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
of the biggest advances in the septic industry is the use of gravelless
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
For more information call Infiltrator Systems
directly at 1-800-221-4436 or visit their web site at
to learn more about these innovative chamber systems.
|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
to see them.
FRACTURING TO REJUVENATE FAILED SYSTEMS: When drainfields become plugged
or compacted, they cant 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
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
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
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
(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
Non-biodegradable lint is a major source of drainfield failure, but it's
not just lint from your washing machine that kills your system...it's
the amount of water your washing machine produces. In most
homes washing machines are the leading source of hydraulic overloading.
A top loading washing machine can use up to 62 gallons of water per wash load.
On a heavy wash day you can easily put 400, 500, 600 gallons of water
down the drain in a few hours. This high volume of water not only
floods your system it can also agitate your tank and flush solids out into the drainfield.
Front loading washing machines use
up to 70% less water than a top loader and are easier on your cloths.
But in the 1960's and 70's the convenience of top loading washers
dramatically dropped the sales of front loaders. Subsequently most
manufacturers stopped making them. However by the 1990's the
federal government realized everyone (city sewer and septic) needed to
start conserving water and encouraged manufacturers to start making them
again. Now those manufacturers are trying to play catch-up.
Frigidaire was the only
U. S. manufacturer
that kept making them and are now rated as one of the best front loaders
on the market today (if you want to find out how good a product is,
don't ask the manufacturer that sells them, ask the people that repair them). If you are in the market for a new
washing machine this is the brand to check
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
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
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
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
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
They have a lot of other cool stuff that you can not find in stores and
lots more information on the status of
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.
"What kind of toilet paper should we use?" is an
often asked question. The main thing you want is a paper that will
breakdown readily in a septic tank. Unfortunately the paper that
does breakdown easily is very similar to using 80 grit sand paper (like
what you find in airports) and is not what you would want to call a
pleasure cruise to use.
The stuff that is comfortable to use
however will buildup in the tank. In fact if you open a tank the
whole top layer will be toilet paper and in some conditions that layer
will get so hard you can literally stand on it (but I wouldn't suggest
testing this) and the contractor has to use a machine called a crust
buster to break it up.
Problem solved: SepticSure is
for septic systems and RV's. Not only does it breakdown well, it
is dye and chlorine free...it's soft and smoooooth. Oh yes, just
what I have been looking for. Check this stuff out at
www.septicsure.com or call 1-800-548-2804. Buy it by the case.
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
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.
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