What Can Cause Soil Failure?

Now that you know that septic systems fail because of the soil around the system, and not actually because the system itself fails (pipes, tank, etc.), let me inform you why the soil around your system is preventing it from functioning properly and what can cause soil failure.

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 U.S. EPA states 90% of septic drain field problems occur from the soil around the system!

What is Soil Hardpan?

It’s just dirt, right? Allow me to introduce a fancy term industry folk use: Hardpan Soil.

Askdefine.com defines hardpan as: “A distinct layer of soil that is largely impervious to water.”

Our definition of Hardpan Soil:

Hardpan – Hardened calcium carbonate deposits that form when minerals leach from the upper layers 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 for more on what can cause soil failure. Also check out the science behind our companion product, Bio-Septic Boost.

But for now, the long and the short of it is: The real problem is sodium (salt).


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