Posts Tagged 'septic system'

Jul
25
2011

Septic System Help Blog

Septic Tanks and Grease Traps

Grease traps have long been used in restaurants and food processing plants to prevent fats, oils and grease (FOG) from entering the septic tank and, eventually, the drainfield or sewer system. Are they a candidate for residential septic systems?

Jul
20
2011

A septic system owner must take action and monitor their use of the system to ensure the septic tank performs its intended functions. One of the more subtle ways to do this is to eliminate the use of anti-bacterial soaps!

Jul
17
2011

If you are reading this blog, chances are you are dealing with a failing or failed septic system and are seeking solutions to your serious and expensive problem. Signs of failure range from gurgling pipes to sewage on the surface of the ground.

Jul
13
2011

There are many septic system best practices that homeowners should understand and implement to ensure their system performs at peak levels for as long as possible. In this blog, we look at two best practices that fall into this category: minimize the amount of organic material that is washed down the kitchen drain and avoid using garbage disposals.

Jul
8
2011

Another measurement used to judge how effective septic systems are treating wastewater is the Total Fecal Coliform Count measurement.

Jun
21
2011

Septic System Help Blog

Hold Time in a Septic Tank

One of the most important functions of a septic tank is to hold wastewater for a period of time so that solids within the incoming wastewater can settle at the bottom of the tank in the sludge layer. This settling process, along with the consumption of organic waste by the bacterial environment within the septic tank, are crucial processes to maintaining drainfield permeability.

Jun
15
2011

People will tolerate septic system problems for a long time. Why do they do it, especially with a low cost and proven alternative readily available?

Jun
13
2011

Septic System Help Blog

Septic System Problem Paranoia

Most people who have septic system problems are very reluctant to discuss the issue with anyone other than their pumper or a contractor. Why is this so?

Jun
12
2011

Septic System Help Blog

Septic System Health, Part 1

We have dealt with a couple of recurring septic system operational issues over the years. Both of these issues, unfortunately, are signs that a septic system is not healthy and on the path to failure.

Jun
7
2011

Over time, the organic solids settling on the bottom of the septic tank build up. By design, when this layer, called the sludge layer, reaches thirty percent of the maximum height of the tank’s wastewater capacity, the tank should be pumped.

Jun
3
2011

Septic System Help Blog

Is My Septic System Problem Unique?

We receive hundreds of inquiries each day. The #1 statement we hear is: I reviewed your entire web site and I think my problem is unique. Nothing could be further from the truth!

Jun
2
2011

Septic System Help Blog

How to Measure Septic Tank Sludge Depth

How do you know when to pump your septic tank? People in the septic system industry measure scum and sludge layer thicknesses with a product called a sludge judge, which cost about $75.

May
31
2011

Septic System Help Blog

Septic Tank Pumping

How frequently should your septic tank be pumped? If you pump your tank too often you are wasting your money AND stressing your system. Pumping not frequently enough will lead to premature failure of your drainfield.

May
26
2011

Septic System Help Blog

Septic System

According to the American Housing Survey for the United States (2007) and the US Census Bureau, there are over 26 million residential septic systems in use in the United States. For many years, the only option a homeowner had to fix a failed system was to replace the entire system, a costly option!

May
25
2011

Septic System Help Blog

Septic Tank: The BOD5 Measurement

In EPA/625/R-00/008, the EPA defines several standard measurements for septic tank performance. One of these measurements is BOD5, or biological oxygen demand.

May
24
2011

Septic System Help Blog

Septic Tank: The TSS Measurement

So, how does a homeowner know how effectively the septic tank is actually performing these functions? Are there standards set by the industry or government?

May
17
2011

Septic System Help Blog

The Pain of Septic System Problems

Without a doubt, septic tank problems are the last issue anyone wants to deal with at any time of the year. Septic system replacement is over prescribed by septic pumpers and contractors.

Jan
28
2011

Aerobic Bacteria It is well documented that aerobic bacteria is 80 to 90 percent more efficient at breaking down organic waste products than anaerobic bacteria. The reason why can be found in an analysis of the differences in the respiration processes. Both respiration processes have to have electron transfers between elements and molecules to complete […]