Now that you know Septic Systems Fail because of the 'Soil Around' the system,
and not actually because the system fails itself (pipes, tank, etc.). Let me inform you why the soil around your system is preventing it from functioning properly.
Because let's face it, if your hardware isn't broken.. why spend thousands of dollars to dig it up and 'try' to fix it..?!
Remember: The US EPA States 90% of septic drain field
problems occur from the soil around the system!
"So, How Does Soil Fail? It's Just Dirt Right?"
Allow me to introduce a fancy term industry folk, like us, use: Hard-Pan Soil
Askdefine.com defines hardpan as: A distinct layer of soil that is largely impervious to water.
Hardpan - Hardened Calcium Carbonate Deposits That Form When Minerals Leach From The Upper Layer of Soil and 'Chemically' Bond To One Another.
- Dr. Robert A Patterson spent over 10 years analyzing the soil in
and around septic systems and documenting a mountain of evidence to back up his research. If you're interested in reading more of the doctor's literature make sure to join our email newsletter to receive his reports in your email inbox.
But for now.. The short of it is:
The real problem is sodium (salt)
Hardpan occurs when sodium(salt) combines with the soil in the septic drain field.
Sodium (salt) which of course is widely used in our diets, laundry detergents and water softeners... makes up a large percent of the waste water running from your house, into your septic system and into the soil...
After time, sodium (salt) builds up in the soil around your drain
and leach field and creating a layer of concrete hard dirt around your drainage pipes.
The Result? Your Drainage Pipes Can No Longer Drain!
Waste water that was once able to flow out of the small weep holes in your drain field pipes, can no longer leave the system!
And that's where your troubles begin. When this chemical
(cationic) exchange happens from sodium bonding with tiny
clay/soil particles (e.g. hardpan creation) the direct result is
flooding and biological death.
As you have learned in Step 1 Of Our Tour: How Septic Systems Work, in order to function properly, your waste water must leave the drain field weep holes and then percolate
and filter through 36 inches of dry soil that has been colonized with aerobic bacteria (air dependent cleaning organisms) in order to become clean ground water again.
"When The Water Cannot Escape, Septic Systems Cannot Operate..!"
So before we go checkout how to easily breakup that hardpan soil in the next step of our tour: How Septic Drainer Works, let's quickly walk through the common stages of septic system failure:
Common Stages of Septic System Failure
- You install or have a septic system handling the waste from your home.
- Over the course of time, salt in the waste water begins to bond with the soil around your
drain field and creates a waterproof barrier (known as hardpan).
- Waste water then builds up around the drain
and leach field, unable to escape or drain through the soil below because 'hardpan' is blocking it.
- At this stage, waste water drainage has become greatly reduced causing drains in your home to slow down, back up or even worse: Stop working all together.
- As soon as your drainfield floods because waste water cannot escape through the hardpan soil, the aerobic bacteria (air dependent organisms in the dirt that clean the waste out of the water)
can no longer get air and die / drown.
- The above causes even less drainage, which forces
liquefied sewage to float the the surface. i.e. Wet spots on your lawn
and foul septic odors lingering on your property and emitting from household drains.
Read What Our Customers
Took The Time To Say...
We had a real problem here because of the high water level. In the spring time and when it rains, it raises up to about 5 or 6 feet underneath the surface and it completely plugged our dry well out here.
I think the system was built in 1972 so that would make it about 50 years old.
The year before I used it (Septic Drainer), I had the system pumped 3 times... at about $400 a wack it got pretty expensive.
And I was facing digging the whole system up for $5,000 - $6,000 and having the whole thing rebuilt and repaired, ground opened up, etc...
I had a friend who was pumping it and put me in touch with this product. He came here, used it... I think it took a little more than they thought because we were really really plugged.
But in the time once it cleared up. It was gone completely.
I had it pumped again last month. That was 4 years ago(Septic Drainer was added). I haven’t pumped that system in 4 years..!
Septic Drainer just completely opened up my ground and it just worked great for us.
Buy it. If you've got a problem: Use it..!
Home Owner, Granville NY
We came across Septic Drainer when the salesman actually came to our door and said "Do you have Septic Tanks or are you city sewers?"
We replied that we’re septic tanks, over 120 of them with leach pits.
He then said “Well I've got a product that will keep your leach pits running for you”…
...and I said “Ok... Yea I’ve heard that before.” So he said “Well here let’s try some.”
I said: Well jeez we have one that’s bad, and we went out and we tried it… and It Worked..!
I was pleasantly surprised! So we're changing the way we do things here.
Instead of a routine pump or having to dig them up and replace them… We add the product, the Septic Drainer, and then monitor it to see how the product is working.
We have been using it for 2 years now and we haven’t had any problems and everything’s really great. We're liking it!
With a rental community like we have, obviously our income is set by the rentals. So it's not like were going out and generating more income. What we have to watch is what we have to spend on maintenance.
But this has cut our maintenance back, so we get to keep more of our money that is generated. Septic Drainer, It Really Works..!
David Rogg, RDDC Development
So. Glens Falls, NY