Has your septic system failed? If weeks after you had your septic tank pumped out, and water is still draining too slow, don't call the septic repair service! They will charge you $1,200 to do an air lift job that might not work. Even worse is they will want to dig up your yard for $5,000.
The problem with your septic system is that your leaching lines are plugged or the gravel around the leach field lines are gunked up not allowing water to flow into the soil. This problem is normally caused by salts, chlorine, bleach, and antibacterial soaps that have entered your system and killed the good bacteria that liquidfies the goo.
Is rain your enemy? If a rainy day causes your drain system to come to a halt, a gunked-up leach field is the problem.
Shock the hell out of your septic system!
|This is a do-it-yourself (DIY) trick you want to try first as it it cheap and it should work 90% of the time. The best septic treatment chemicals are normally sold through septic service companies. The weak stuff is what you will find at hardware stores and home centers. There are some professional grade septic treatment chemicals additives you can find online. The best brands are listed below. The results should be the same with any of them.|
You can see the reviews on Amazon with the below links:
Unique Natural Products
Microbe-Lift (Ecological Laboratories)
Green Pig (personal favorite)
Robic K-570. (don't confuse with the K-57 retail store stuff)
Bio-Active (works just like Green Pig)
BiOWiSH Septic Rescue
CLR Pro Septic Treatment and Drain Care. Heavy duty!
Shock Method Septic Treatment With Enzyme Bateria: This DIY trick has worked with all rental properties, and it should work for you. You want to create a bacteria frenzy just short of a nuclear reaction. Add a one year supply of septic treatment to your system all at once. I use the Unique, Microbe-Lift, or Green Pig brands because they are cheap and powerful. Pour 50% in the toilet and flush, and 50% down the big vent pipe above your bathroom (on the roof), followed with one gallon of very warm water. An half hour later, flush the toilet one more time just to make sure the goods get to your septic tank. Now take a 24 hour vacation without adding any more water to your system. An 48 hour vacation is even better! The bacteria microbes will grow in your tank at a rate of 20 times or more per hour. The longer you wait the more powerful. For the first week after treatment, cut all of your water useage by at least 50%. This trick is inexpensive and has worked every time for me. If after one month the system is still sluggish, repeat the process. With 12 houses having septic systems, I have never had to have one repaired. Just pumping out the tank every 6 years has worked fine.
Last Resort - Restore Dead System With Hydrogen Peroxide
I purchased (or stole) an old farm house at auction, knowing the leach field was bad. The Hydrogen Peroxide trick got it working again, saving me a lot of backhoe work.
If it takes longer than 5 minutes for 1 toilet flush to go down, you need to start from scratch. This method will kill all bacteria in your septic tank, but should get your leach lines flowing again. This method is used by many municipal sewer departments, but on a larger scale.
Use 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide. Make sure to wear gloves and goggles. Pour two gallons in your toilet, wait 15 minutes then pour two gallons of warm water in your toilet. Wait 2 hours, then pour two more gallons of warm water in the toilet. Do not run any more water down the drain for 24 hours.
Now repeat the process with the hydrogen peroxide and warm water. Wait another 24 hours, then you can start using your sewer like normal. It should get a little better each day as the hydrogen peroxide is being pused through the leach lines. This method will cost you about $130-$160 for 4 gallons of hydrogen peroxide, but is much cheaper than replacing the the leach field. It is worth the try.
In about 4 weeks, restart the bacteria with Green Pig or any other good brand.
Trapped Gasses Problem
Trapped sewer gas can mimic a septic system problem. The trapped gas in the septic tank makes the toilet contents have trouble going down the drain. This is caused by a plugged vent pipe; the bigger pipe sticking out of your roof above the bathroom. Another symptom is a sour sewer smell in your house that you can't really tell where it is coming from. Soap, grease, and undigested paper can cause the plug. The hard way to fix it is to climb on your roof with a sewer snake and fight to get the plug undone. The easy way is to pour 1/2 bottle of lye drain opener into the vent pipe followed with a half gallon of cold water. Do not get this on you as it burns like hell. Do not use lye if you have plastic PVC pipes. Another option is to use Drano Max, even though it is not friendly for your septic system. Two weeks later, add Green Pig, CLR, Unique, or other treatment to get your bacteria going again.