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 fails, it's the drainfield that fails. And the drainfield
fails because the soil gets 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 have the necessary mass to settle in the tank, rather they
stay in suspension and are flushed out to the drainfield where they
actually plug-up the pores of the soil bed.
Cotton and wool will eventually breakdown (if you stop using the
system for a few years and let nature go to work) but most 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
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 have already written it
into their code* requirements. Why? Because
it works (and they are realizing it is far easier to prevent a system from
failing than to get someone to pay thousands of dollars to replace a
failed system)! With those costs running $5,000
to more than $20,000 the FILTROL 160 is cheap insurance to protect
your wallet and your property.
But lint is more than
just an (expensive) inconvenience to septic system owners;
every year cities pay millions of dollars to repair the damage lint does
to their treatment plants and sewer mains. However it is more than just
money; lint is getting through these treatment plants, flushed down
rivers (even people in Montana are flushing down the Missouri River to
the Gulf of Mexico) where the small aquatic animals are eating it; the
game fish eat them and we eat the game fish. That means it is getting
into our food supplies.
It's for these reasons
this filter is being written into the code* requirements.
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
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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But like their name says,
SEPTIC SAFE. A washing machine filter (along with common sense and
maintenance) is one of the smartest things you can do to protect your
system from failing, but there are other steps you can and should take;
like the types of detergents, soaps and cleaning agents you use,
additives, even the type of toilet paper. Until now finding these
products was a major headache. Not all stores carry what you should be
using and going from one website to another could turn into a half day
affair. SepticSafe has made it easy for you by stocking these items on
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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 $150, 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
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
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
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
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
find out where to get it.
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.
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