Posts Tagged 'septic system'

Jan
2
2012

When you have a septic system, you rely on it to process the wastewater from your house and return it to the water table. Most of the work is done by the septic tank that is located underground in your yard. Inside that septic tank, there are a number of naturally occurring bacteria that will […]

Dec
15
2011

A failing septic system can be a catastrophic financial event for a homeowner. This can be particularly frustrating if the homeowner has already spent hundreds of dollars on septic tank additives for the express purpose of avoiding this very problem.

Dec
5
2011

Wow! You’re leaving your small apartment for a home in the suburbs. You are a new member of the community of 1/4 of all American homeowners who privately treat their wastewater. In other words, you not only own a home, you also own a septic tank and a septic system.

Nov
27
2011

Around one quarter of all homes in the United States are not connected to a sanitary sewer system. These homeowners have to maintain their own on-site sewage processing system, which includes their septic tank.

Oct
24
2011

The key to understanding septic tank problems requires an understanding of the wastewater treatment process. Once the facts of the process are known, evaluating potential solutions becomes easier.

Oct
3
2011

Septic tank problems are rarely caused by a system component wearing out. In fact, the mechanical components of your septic system are, generally, very durable. The problems and failures are almost always caused by anaerobic bacteria sealing the drainfield.

Sep
22
2011

When people encounter septic tank problems, a couple of potential causes usually come to mind. After looking at the facts, however, these can usually be dismissed as the source of the problems.

Sep
14
2011

No one will debate the fact that septic tank problems are irritating, stressful, costly and time consuming. But the worst part about them is who to turn to for honest, impartial advice?

Sep
8
2011

Using bacterial additives will not fix septic tank problems. A look at recent caller’s story and some surprising facts show how little impact these additives have on a septic system’s performance.

Aug
16
2011

In April of 2011, there was a news story posted on the Johnson County Sun News website about aging septic tanks and septic systems in a suburb of Kansas City that are failing. The solution being recommended by the local regulators is to have the home owners link up to the municipal wastewater treatment system – an expensive option.

Aug
8
2011

One sure way to avoid septic tank problems is to make sure the septic tank is the right size for the system. In general, the tank is sized based on both expected and maximum usage and how to achieve an appropriate wastewater retention time.

Aug
5
2011

It is not surprising to discover that regulations governing septic systems exist almost everywhere in North America. What is surprising is to find out to what degree the level of regulation varies depending on location.

Aug
4
2011

In the previous blog, I discussed the building sewer, which is essentially the piping that carries waste from a building to a waste treatment system. Picking up where the building sewer terminates, we will discuss in more detail the next component: the septic tank.

Aug
3
2011

Typically, construction of a new septic tank system starts at the house by installing a building sewer, then installing a septic tank and, finally, installing whatever wastewater distribution component (i.e. drain field) is necessary for the local codes, site and soil conditions.

Aug
2
2011

If you have ever wondered why septic tank and drainfield replacement costs so much, look at the regulations most states and counties have enacted with regards to these activities. These regulations ensure that the costs will remain high for the foreseeable future.

Aug
1
2011

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.

Jul
30
2011

We talk a lot about aerobic bacteria on this website and how much better they are than anaerobic bacteria for resolving septic tank problems. The reason lies in the aerobic bacteria’s faster metabolism and respiration rates.

Jul
28
2011

If you ask 100 people that own a septic system if they believe their septic system is permanent, 99 of 100 will say “Well, yes, of course”. The reason for this answer is that most homeowners lack a basic knowledge and understanding about this very important and expensive asset.