For many years, it silently grows underground undetected by the homeowner. Its ability to seal a drainfield and cause septic system problems is legendary. Of course, I am talking about the BIOMAT.
The fact of the matter is that the septic tank and other components of the septic system are very durable. There is a high probability that they can be considered as close to permanent as reasonably possible.
Incoming water into a septic system’s drainfield has to be absorbed back into the ground. This has to happen for this system to function as it is the only way the system creates capacity for more incoming sewage. If the drainfield’s ability to pass water to the ground is impaired, the problems occur.
Many septic experts will recommend frequent septic tank pumping as a solution for failed or failing septic systems. While this may offer temporary relief, it is in no way a long term solution.
“Our septic system is leaking out onto the road below.” Pumping the septic tank will only provide temporary relief until the tank fills again. Installing a new septic system is very costly and is only a temporary solution; the new system is prone for a repeat failure.
To best understand how a biomat affects your drainfield, it is helpful to use a liner for a swimming pool as an analogy. Liners for swimming pools are typically made of vinyl and form an impermeable barrier along the bottom and sides of the swimming pool; water is prevented from absorbing into the ground on [...]