Septic Drain Field Clogged

Old 07-15-02, 09:24 AM
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Septic Drain Field Clogged

Our drain field and/or lines are clogged. This has caused the septic tank to overflow at the lid and some wet spots in our backyard. We had the tank pumped about 3 months ago because it was full and the commodes were sluggish. It seems that the problem with the overflowing tank really started then.

We were recently annexed into the city and we will be connected to the city sewage system sometime in the next 2 years. So, I'm trying to avoid the expense of digging up and replacing field lines if we can get a temporary fix.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Has anyone had any success with any of the products that claim to clean and restore field lines? One in particular that I'm looking at is from Amerisep for a product called Septic Free F1 Super Strength that has a 100%, unconditional full refund policy if not completely satisfied. It is a "super concentrated blend of bacteria and grease splitting enzymes" guaranted to "remove build up in drain lines and restore drain fields"

Old 07-15-02, 10:03 AM
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i'm not sure what to do today to help you, however, in the future maybe you can try this to keep them clean:

my aunt owned a trailer park with septic systems and she recommended that once a month to put baking soda into each commode and sink and wash it down, then 15 days later put a package of yeast in the sink and wash it down with really hot water. this put it (baking soda) at all 'points' of entry from my mobile home to the septic tank. the baking soda helps clean the lines, and later the yeast helps the 'processing of waste' within the septic tank so that it should be pure liquid when it reaches the field lines. she didn't recommend using both at the same time, but 15 days apart. i assume the two could mix and cause blockage instead of what it is intended to do.

we had a brand new septic system when i started this and never had a problem in the 5 years that i lived there, even after building the house and hooking into the same system. also never put coffee grounds, cigarettes butts (in the commode), women's sanitary products or any toilet paper that wasn't septic tank friendly.

keep watching for posts, i know that someone will recommend ways to help you with you current problem. sorry that i couldn't be of more help to your immediate problem .

Old 07-15-02, 10:07 AM
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Years of septic system studies by NC State University (sorry about that) have produced the conclusion that most all of these septic system bacteria additives are not worth using.
Normal usuage should introduce plenty of bacteria to make it function properly.
If this one has a money-back guarantee, you might give it a shot anyway.
It may be much stronger than the usual additives, and anything with enzymes in it is good for septic systems.
Please be aware, however, that clogged drainfield lines also can be caused by compaction (vehicles and equipment driven over it) or by clogging from years of buildup of non-biodegradeable solids that bacteria and enzymes won't touch...roots, feminine products, cig butts and other stuff that accidentially gets into the field lines.
NCSU also says that the only regular maintenance needed for septic systems is to have the tank pumped at least every five years.
Please let me know how that Amerisep works. It will help only if your problem is biodegradeable grease and crud buildup. If it doesn't clear it, you may have to replace a line or two anyway, or you're going to have major backup problems, especially when it rains.
I also understand that there are companies that use either air or water pressure to "clear" drainfield lines. I have no idea how well this works, either, since we don't have them around my part of the world.
If you have any trees or shrubbery growing over or near your drainfield lines, you also might try flushing 2-3 cups of copper sulphate crystals down the toilet (about $7 bucks for a 3-lb bag) to kill roots out.
Good luck!

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