Advanced maintenance products can keep your customers’ septic systems performing at their best
Septic system maintenance can provide long-term, cost-saving benefits for your customers and add to your bottom line.
Often ailing systems can be brought back to life at a fraction of the cost of installing a new septic system or drainfield. And offering a variety of products aimed at keeping septic systems running at tip-top performance can be a revenue booster for your business all year long.
Here are a variety of products you can carry to promote effective onsite system maintenance:
Septic-Scrub drainfield flow restorer from Arcan Enterprises oxidizes sulfides and releases oxygen into the drainfield. The environmentally friendly treatment is added between the septic tank and the drainfield and can also be used for preventive maintenance. System use does not need to be restricted during treatment. 888/352-7226; www.arcan.com.
Cape Cod Biochemical Company
AfterShock soil absorption restorative from Cape Cod Biochemical Company restores drainage to clogged and sluggish drainfields and drainage structures while preventing backups and eliminating odors. The restorative contains multi-strain bacillus spore-bearing bacteria and a bacteria-friendly, time-release oxygen source. Bacteria digest solid materials that normally clog soil absorption areas, while the oxidizer accelerates bacterial activity and degrades sulfides in the biomat. The naturally occurring bacteria are USDA-approved and laboratory enhanced. The product is nonhazardous, nontoxic, contains no U.S. Environmental Protection Agency priority pollutants and is environmentally safe. Bacteria and oxidizer can be applied at the same time, eliminating the need to keep the system exposed for repeated site visits. 800/343-8007; www.septiconline.com.
Poly-Cleanse waste digestant from Polylok is a blend of bacteria and enzymes designed to attack organic waste, including grease, toilet paper and soap scum buildup. The environmentally friendly digestant is available in liquid or powder and can be used in septic systems, cesspools, ATUs, drainfields, drains, grease traps, lift stations, sludge ponds and sewers. 888/765-9565; www.polylok.com.
BIO JET-7 liquid bacterial supplements from Jet Inc. break down and digest grease, fats, soap, scum and other colloidal elements in anaerobic and aerobic wastewater treatment systems. The supplements are useful in difficult startups or when a system becomes unstable due to changes in flow, chemicals or increased organics. They can be used in larger commercial applications when the system fails to meet the requirements for discharge permits. The product also can be used in septic systems, lift stations, lagoons and ponds. BIO JET-7 Plus Dry Packs give the same performance in a quick-dissolving dry pack – users simply flush the packet. A year’s supply comes in a recyclable plastic container. 800/321-6960; www.jetincorp.com.
Pro-Pump/HC (high count) liquid live bacteria from Ecological Laboratories Inc. is designed for a range of onsite wastewater applications, including septic system treatment, absorption system recovery, aerobic system treatment, drain and grease traps, solids reduction and odor control. The additive is made to reduce BOD, COD, total suspended solids, treat phenolic wastes, biodegrade hydrogen sulfide and other various pollutants. 800/326-7867; www.propump.com.
The Septic Scrub Plus kit from Lenzyme contains three bottles of Septic Scrub and one bottle of Drainfield Biological Activator. Septic Scrub Plus attacks biomat buildup that causes blockage and breaks it down. The Drainfield Biological Activator is a bacterial blend that restores the soil’s biological activity in a matter of days and attacks leftover organic matter trapped in the field. One kit can handle a normal residential drainfield. 800/223-3083; www.lenzyme.com.
On Site Treatment Systems
The Aerobic Recovery Unit from On Site Treatment Systems is designed to fit existing septic systems and can be installed in about an hour. The unit works with all organic or synthetic distribution component designs: gravel and pipe fields, chambers, dry wells and seepage pits, mounds, sand filters, cesspools and lagoons. It uses a nitrification/denitrification process and reverses and maintains biomat permeability to restore full system function. The unit is UL-listed and includes common hand tools for installation. 877/254-7093; www.onsitetreatmentsystems.com.
Passive, non-mechanical Advanced Enviro-Septic treatment systems from Presby Environmental remove up to 99 percent of contaminants. Units create a self-sustaining ecosystem that provides for long-term bacterial digestion. If a system malfunctions, it can be rejuvenated by exposing a small portion and allowing it to drain, providing oxygen so aerobic conditions are re-established. The AES systems are NSF Standard 40 Class I certified. 800/473-5298; www.presbyenvironmental.com.
The Bear-in-a-Basin filter package from Quanics and Bear Onsite incorporates a heavy-duty polyethylene single-piece construction basin with high-quality effluent filter. The system can be installed on new systems if access to the primary tank is difficult or not desired. It can be used when installation of an effluent filter in the existing tank is not possible. The unit arrives prepackaged with all components necessary for installation. Additional interlocking 6-, 12- or 18-inch risers are available for deeper installation. 877/782-6427; www.quanics.net.
RCS II Inc.
Septic Drainer soil restorative from RCS II Inc. is designed to improve the perkability of soil for better drainage and prevent drainfield replacement. Calcium polysulfate loosens the sodium that binds with soil, creating a densely packed barrier. The nonbacterial, nonenzyme liquid formula is made to work on all types of septic systems. 518/812-0000; www.septicdrainer.com.
The Commercial Septic System Treatment biological additive from RID-X contains natural active bacteria and enzymes that digest household waste. It has no harmful chemicals and is safe for septic systems. Its dual-action formula contains advanced enzymes that break down household waste and natural bacteria that work to produce more enzymes to prevent septic system failures and backups. A 48-ounce bottle contains a six-month supply for septic tanks up to 1,500 gallons. 855/776-7439; www.rid-x.com/professionals.
Custom Biologicals Inc.
Septic Fizzytabs tank treatment from Custom Biologicals Inc. is an effervescent tablet designed to reduce buildup on pipes, prevent backup, replenish bacterial population and reduce odor. The tabs feature a concentrated blend of microorganisms that digest grease, fats, oils, proteins, starches, detergents and other organic wastes. The tabs require no mixing or measuring. 561/998-1699; www.custombio.com.
O2 Aeration Technologies
The VBT restoration system from O2 Aeration Technologies supports aerobic bacterial metabolism, eliminating odors and reducing BOD, TSS and possible groundwater contamination. It also reduces drainfield waste by 75 to 90 percent, enabling soil bacteria to consume excess biomat and solids. Approved in Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin, the restoration kits are used as part of watershed programs to reduce pollution from failed or failing septic systems. 830/743-4936; www.paulswoyerseptics.com.
BioForce septic tank additive from Chempace Corp. comes in 2-ounce, water soluble pouches, packaged in a re-sealable, one-year supply plastic container for once-a-month maintenance. The additive’s bacterial components counteract the negative effects of bleaches, cleaners and detergents, while breaking down grease and organic substances in drains and leach fields, leaving H2O and CO2 byproducts. BioForce is comprised of three industrial-strength formulas. Two formulas are used in wastewater treatment plants for grease and sludge reduction. The third formula is used in pulp and paper mills to break down paper waste. 800/423-5350; www.chempace.com.