System Repair/Drainfield Rejuvenation

System Repair/Drainfield Rejuvenation
Drainfield restoration

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Drainfield restoration

Septic-Scrub drainfield flow restorer from Arcan Enterprises is a chemical treatment that oxidizes sulfides and releases oxygen into the drainfield. This is similar to letting the system rest, but works faster. The environmentally friendly treatment is added between the septic tank and the drainfield and can also be used for preventive maintenance. The use of the system does not need to be restricted during treatment. 888/352-7226;


Bioremediation restorative

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 multistrain bacillus spore-bearing bacteria and a bacteria-friendly, time-release oxygen source. The bacteria digest the solid material that normally clogs soil absorption areas.

The oxidizer accelerates the bacterial activity for an extended period of time, promoting fast biological activity of the organisms and degrading the sulfides in the biomat. The naturally occurring bacteria are USDA-approved and laboratory enhanced. The product is nonhazardous, nontoxic, contains no EPA 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;


Bacterial supplements

BIO JET-7 liquid bacterial supplements from Jet Inc. break down and digest grease, fats, soap, scum, and other colloidal elements and dissolve organic materials 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 is also useful for wastewater processes such as septic systems, lift stations, lagoons and ponds. BIO JET-7 Plus Dry Packs give the same performance in an easy-to-use quick-dissolving dry pack – users simply flush the packet. A year’s supply comes in a recyclable plastic container. 800/321-6960;


Biological oxidation

Lenzyme’s Septic Scrub Plus kit contains three bottles of Septic Scrub and one bottle of Drainfield Biological Activator. Septic Scrub Plus attacks the biomat buildup that causes blockage and breaks it down quickly by oxidation. The Drainfield Biological Activator is a special blended bacteria added to restore the soil’s biological activity, which is depleted during the oxidation process. Once restored, the bacteria attack the leftover organic matter that was trapped in the field. One kit can handle a normal residential drainfield, and restoration takes only a few days. 800/223-3083;


Aerobic metabolism

The VBT restoration system from O2 Aeration Technologies supports aerobic bacterial metabolism, eliminating odors and reducing BOD and TSS and contamination of groundwater. The system results in a 75 to 90 percent reduction in waste put into the drainfield. With reduced waste and increased oxygen, the soil bacteria consume the excess biomat and solids, restoring the drainfield. Approved in Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin, the restoration kits are also being used as part of watershed programs to reduce pollution from failed or failing septic systems. 830/743-4936;


Fast installation

The Aerobic Recovery Unit (ARU) from On-Site Treatment Systems is designed to fit any existing septic system and can be installed in an hour or less. 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;


Waste digestant

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;


Advanced treatment

Advanced Enviro-Septic (AES) treatment systems from Presby Environmental are passive/nonmechanical systems that remove up to 99 percent of contaminants. Units create a self-sustaining ecosystem that provides ideal conditions for long-term bacterial digestion. If a system malfunctions, it can be rejuvenated by exposing a small portion and allowing it to drain, providing abundant oxygen so aerobic conditions are re-established. AES systems are NSF Standard 40 Class I certified. 800/473-5298;


Filter package

The Bear-in-a-Basin filter package from Quanics and Bear Onsite incorporates a heavy-duty polyethylene single-piece construction basin with a high-quality effluent filter. The system can be installed on new systems if access to the primary tank is difficult or not desired. It is also good for use on repairs when installation of an effluent filter in the existing tank is not possible. The unit arrives prepackaged with all components necessary for installation including basin, filter, lid and rubber grommets. Additional interlocking 6-, 12- or 18-inch risers are available for deeper installation. 877/782-6427;


Soil restorative

Septic Drainer soil restorative from RCS II, Inc. is designed to improve the perkability of soil for better drainage and prevent drainfield replacement. When sodium binds with soil, creating a densely packed barrier, the calcium polysulfate in the product remediates the bound soil by driving the sodium out. It is formulated to work on all types of septic systems including conventional systems, dry well systems and cesspool systems. The product is a nonbacterial, nonenzyme liquid formula. 518/812-0000;


Enzyme additive

The RID-X Commercial Septic System Treatment biological additive 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-oz. bottle contains a 6-month supply for septic tanks up to 1,500 gallons. 855/776-7439;


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