Here’s a recent email from a potential customer. I thought that my answer might help others who are experiencing similar drain field problems.
Good evening I have a issue with my septic, and I do not know if it’s my drainfield or just the septic which may have roots but not sure I have had it drained and it never lasts a year or more between drains, after we drain it it’s ok but now when I flush my toilet it gurgles in the bath tub and I also have a bad diverter which makes my shower and tub faucet go on at the same time I can’t afford a new drain field and draining it so much cost money too and I was looking to see if any company’s do fix or replace drain fields if that’s what it is but finance it cause they are exspensive plus the drain field is always dry so could you give me some answers on what to do it’s getting very frustrating.
Here’s my reply:
Before you spend money on a solution, you have to know the problem. I see a couple of possibilities from your email. Roots can destroy a drain field. Most modern septic maintenance companies should have methods of determining if the drainage pipes are clogged with roots. The company I work with has a remote camera that can look inside of drainage pipes. If it is roots, there are various methods that can be used to remove them, from chemicals available to homeowners at Home Depot or similar, to mechanical means like Roto Rooter. If it is a broken or disconnected pipe, the inspection will reveal that also. You also mention a broken diverter valve on your bathtub. That shouldn’t effect the other plumbing, but if there are any leaking faucets or toilets, the additional constant stream of water entering the drain field can cause hydrostatic overload, again a ruined drain field.
So, what to do? I would further investigate the cause of the problem. If it turns out that roots or overload are not the problem, I would try a “Shock” treatment of Septic Perc or Septic Seep and Mega Bio. Our success rate at restoring failing fields is around 85%. It’s not a silver bullet that will cure all problems, but it is usually worth the gamble before spending thousands to replace the field. Although I have had many homeowners who chose to do their own application, I recommend hiring a professional septic maintenance technician to do it. Also, the tank should be empty before the application is made.
I hope this info will help.
This morning I received this e-mail:
What’s the difference between Septic Seep and Septic Perc? Are they from the same company?
Here’s my reply:
Thanks for your order and your inquiry about the differences between the two products. Drayner’s Septic Seep is the original product invented in 1953 at Chevron Ortho. It is a calcium polysulfide chemical formula containing a surfactant to allow penetration of the bio-mat and entry into the surrounding soil. It is also highly alkaline with a pH around 11.5 and it has the odor of sulfur, which smells like rotten eggs. I have been selling Septic Seep since 1999. Since then several companies have knocked off the product with inferior copies and even plagiarized information directly from my web site.
About a year ago the person responsible for manufacturing Septic Seep offered me, West Wind Marketing, a new product: Septic Perc. This product is a result of years of research, trials and field tests. It works equally as well as Septic Seep, but it lacks the high pH and the nasty odor. It is safer for the environment and for the user. Additionally, when used with our Mega Bio product, there is no required waiting period between the application of the two products as there is with Septic Seep.
I have thousands of Septic Seep customers from my years in business and I will continue to sell Septic Seep to accommodate those who are reluctant to make the switch. I strongly encourage my customers to try the new product for all the aforementioned reasons. Because SepticSeep.com is a branded web site I cannot offer both products on the same site. Please have a look at www.SepticPerc.com
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A lot of people make resolutions for the New Year. I don’t think that’s a good idea. It’s too easy to make promises to yourself that you know you won’t keep, so, I just don’t do it, which makes for a lot less frustration later in the year.
The word resolution sounds so serious, so, I’m not going to use it. Instead I’m going to try to form some new habits and stop some old ones in 2014. How, you might ask, does this have anything to do with drain field repair?
Here’s a list of things you should stop doing in 2014 to avoid septic system problems:
1. Stop using your garbage disposal. It only adds solids to your septic tank that will eventually have to be pumped.
2. Stop putting cooking oil down the drain.
3. Stop driving over the drain field.
4. Stop putting feminine hygiene products down the toilet.
5. Stop discharging the water softener into the drain field.
6. Stop putting off having the septic tank pumped, it needs pumping every 3-5 years.
I’m sure the list could be longer, but if you follow these six rules in 2014 and beyond, you will reduce the chance of ever having to deal with a failing septic system.
Holidays are a time to get together with family and friends. We had eight guests for dinner on Christmas. It’s funny how much time we spend thinking about food and preparing it and serving it and eating it and… Oh yeah, what happens to all that food when we’re done with it?
Do you have guests staying in your home? Extra showers, dish washing and laundry can really put a strain on septic system soil to absorb and process all that extra wastewater.
An overloaded septic system can cause all sorts of problems just when you expect it the least. Backed up plumbing can ruin a holiday celebration. What’s worse, when the guests finally leave, you’re left with the problem.
The solution is maintenance and a little forethought. Have your septic tank pumped every few years and don’t put food and grease down the drain. If you have a problem, call a professional service company. They can identify the cause and usually recommend a fix. If the problem is severe enough, they may recommend a complete drain field replacement. OUCH!
I know this may sound like a commercial but PLEASE… before you start digging up your back yard try my product Septic Perc. It could save you thousands of dollars. I have been selling septic system chemicals for 14 years and I have heard reports of what sounds like miraculous recoveries of “failed, gotta be replaced” drain fields. I’m jus’ saying.
I have been studying septic systems and their components for a number of years now. I have authored three websites that are informative sources of information about septic systems and how they work. Full disclosure: On two of those websites, I sell products designed to rejuvenate septic system soil.
The number of things that can go wrong in a septic system may surprise you. Fact is, most people don’t think about the septic system in their home until there is a problem. The best way to avoid problems is to follow a regular maintenance schedule to include having the tank pumped by a licensed septic service company every two to five years.
Another important rule: never put cooking grease or oil down the kitchen sink drain. F.O.G. (food, oil, grease) in a septic system drain field will lead to failure of the soil and of the entire system.
If you treat your drain field properly, it should last for 30 – 40 years.