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Dual Compartment Septic Tank

Some experts believe that a dual compartment septic tank does a better job of settling solids than a single compartment septic tank. A dual compartment septic tank has two compartments. The first is usually longer, about twice as large as the second compartment. One of the disadvantages is that a dual compartment septic tank needed to be pumped more frequently. Dual compartment septic tanks are required by law in some states, one of the reasons they are becoming more common.

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Drain Field Rejuvenation

Drain field failure is actually pretty easy to understand. When a system fails, the tank itself doesn't fail- the drainfield soil fails. In most cases the soil fails when it gets plugged up with solids and won't allow liquid to pass through it. Forexample, it can get plugged with solids from the tank if the tank hasn't been pumped, or with lint from a washing machine. Now for your drain field rejuvenation secrets: (more…)

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Drain Field Ground Water

Drain field ground water problems are pretty common in this country. This is particularly true of shallow ground water. The people that get really sick from it are the young (because their immune systems are not fully developed), the old (because their immune systems are getting weak) and people that are already sick from other things (because their immune systems are already weak).  Healthy adults will build immunities to many of these bugs. Often visitors will get the stomach flu because they do not have these immunities built up. It's the same thing in Mexico.  The first few months you are their you will get sick...but after a while you will build immunities and then you can tolerate it. (more…)

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Conventional Septic System

Advantages of a conventional septic system: Lower cost Simple design, no pumps to burn out or clog up Septic contractors familiar with design Disadvantages of a conventional septic system: Not all locations are suitable for conventional septic systems. These reasons include but are not limited to lack of space for a drainfield, high water table, proximity to wells and/or other bodies of water, inadequate percolation rates etc. (more…)

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Concrete Septic Tank

Concrete septic tanks are used in most septic systems. One of the main advantages they have over fiberglass and plastic septic tanks is that they are less prone to "floating" due to the fact they are much heavier. Concrete septic tanks do have one main drawback. Because they are much heavier than other types of septic tanks, they require heavy equipment to move. Both fiberglass and polyethylene septic tanks can easily be moved by a labor crew, whereas concrete septic tanks typically require a truck equipped with a crane and boom. As as result, fiberglass tanks are often used in areas inaccessible to concrete septic tank delivery trucks. (more…)

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Commercial Septic System

Commercial septic systems are similar to residential septic systems in some ways. For example, they are both used in areas not served by municipal sewer systems. However, there are some special considerations to be taken into account, such as: Higher volumes and/or faster flow Harsher cleaners and chemical in wastewater Other substances in the wastewater, such as greases (more…)

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Cesspool

What is a cesspool? A cesspool is an underground pit into which sewage is discharged. They used to be the standard type of household waste disposal system and still can be found in older homes. There are a number of problems associated with cesspools. First of all, cesspools do not do a good job of treating wastewater. For one, the waste goes too far down into the ground, which is bad for two reasons. First of all, waste is best treated by the top 26 inches of soil, which contains aerobic (oxygen-consuming) bacteria. Aerobic bacteria process waste material much quicker than anaerobic bacteria (which don't use oxygen and are found below this point). Secondly, because the waste goes deeper into the ground, it is much more likely to get into the groundwater before being treated by bacteria. In fact, if you have a well, it can pull the sewage right back into your house. There are still a fair number of homes around the country where you can flush a red dye down the toilet, and 20 minutes later it will be coming out of the kitchen faucet. (more…)

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Chamber Septic System

Chamber Septic System Information Page In a traditional system the trench is filled with gravel. The uneven shape of the gravel performs 2 functions:  The voids in between the gravel are filled with oxygen (most of the time) and these pockets of oxygen allow aerobic bacteria to exist.  The voids also provide temporary storage for the effluent in the trench until it can drain out of the trench into the surrounding soil. (more…)

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Biodegradable Detergent

The vast majority of detergents, particularly the brand name detergents, are not biodegrable. They contain chemicals such optical brighteners, dyes, artificial fragrances, and a number of other non-natural ingredients. You can read about this in more detail in our laundry detergent ingredients article. In general, if the ingredients contain words like "ionic and non-ionic surfactants" you can be sure it is not truly natural, eco-friendly detergent. (more…)

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Agitator Washer

In top-loading machines, the washer's agitator moves the clothes in water and detergent to get them clean. The agitator also helps remove detergent from the clothes during the rinse cycle. The agitator typically turns clockwise about 3/4 of a revolution, then reverses direction. This process moves the clothes down the tub, then up again. (more…)

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Aerobic Septic System

What are Aerobic Septic Systems?Aerobic septic systems are used in situations where standard septic systems are not a viable option. In many cases, aerobic systems and septic protectors are used to replace failing septic systems. Aerobic systems are similar to septic systems in that they both use natural processes to treat wastewater. But unlike septic (anaerobic) treatment, the aerobic treatment process requires oxygen. There are two types of bacteria, anaerobic and aerobic. Aerobic bacteria work much faster than anaerobic bacteria, which means they process septic tank waste more quickly. Aerobic treatment units use a mechanism to inject and circulate air inside the treatment tank, which accelerates or speeds up the treatment process. This mechanism requires electricity to operate. For this reason, aerobic systems cost more to operate and need more routine maintenance than most septic systems. However, when properly operated and maintained, aerobic systems can provide a high quality wastewater treatment alternative to septic systems. They can also be used in some cases by owners of wooded lots, who don't want to clear enough land to install a traditional septic tank and drainfield. (more…)

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Above Ground Septic Tank

Above Ground Septic Tank Information Above ground tanks are seldom used and should be avoided for 2 reasons:   The wastewater should exit the house via gravity to allow for proper separation and storage of the solids in the tank.  If you need to use a pump to deliver the wastewater to the tank the solids will be ground-up by the pump into smaller pieces and these smaller solids will not settle in the tank as readily as larger solids.  These finer solids will pass through the tank to the distribution portion of the system and cause plugging of the pipes and the treatment media. (more…)

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