Questions & Answers

Septic Sense is a ready-to-use enzyme fortified, multiple spore blend of bacteria designed specifically to act as a catalystic agent in the liquefaction, degradation and digestion of organic waste compounds found in both aerobic (oxygen) and anaerobic (non-oxygen) environments.

They produce NO POISONS or damaging side effects in the process and are 100% gram negative bacteria varieties, non-pathogenic, non-toxic and harmless to animals or man.

Q. I just moved into a house with a septic system. How does it work?

A. The septic tank functions as a conditioner of sewage so that the treated liquid will pass through the subsoil without clogging the leach field. Septic tanks perform this function in three ways: separation, microbial digestion and dispersion. First, the liquids and solids go into the tank. The septic tank interrupts the flow of wastewater so that the denser solids sink to the bottom and the lighter solids, such as grease and oils, rise to the top of the tank. The wastes in the tank are subject to attack by enzymes and bacteria. When the wastes are broken down and liquefied, the clarified liquids will flow out into the leach field where they are absorbed into the surrounding soil. The septic tank acts as a reservoir for sludge and scum. In a septic tank that is properly functioning, a compaction layer of sludge will accumulate in the tank.

Sludge and scum in a well-functioning system contain minerals and no fermentable organic matter. This accumulation should be removed from the tank before it reaches the level of the discharge outlet and flows into the leach field, eventually blocking the system. Unfortunately for the homeowner, this ideal system cannot exist. The heavier use of the system plus the use of today's soaps, detergents, and cleaning agents together create problems in the septic system. We developed Septic Sense to help the homeowner overcome these problems and make the septic system a worry-free operation.

Q. I've been told to put a cake of yeast into my septic system. Does this help?

A. Yes, but very little. It is a step in the right direction, but it doesn't go far enough. Yeast only breaks down starches, which represent only a small percent of the wastes found in a septic system. You need Septic Sense to completely breakdown all five of the major types of wastes found in a septic system - fats, greases, proteins, starches, pectin's (vegetable peelings) and cellulose (toilet paper).

Q. Why does the water back up in other drains whenever I wash my clothes?

A. If you are doing many loads of wash in one day, you're probably exceeding the capacity of your septic system. Limiting your washing to one load a day can solve this. If you are currently only washing one load a day, then your leach field is probably clogged. An initial treatment of 4 scoops, followed by daily treatments of 2 scoops for a week, then every other day for a week, and gradually reducing applications until maintenance rates are reached should unclog your leach field. If your distribution box is accessible, then flush 4 scoops of Septic Sense directly down the leach field lines. For severe problems, a shock treatment of 8 scoops of Septic Sense may be necessary.

Q. The ground over my drain field is so soggy, I'm unable to mow the grass. What would you recommend?

A. This is the sign of a glazed leach field. Make a solution of 4 scoops of Septic Sense to 2 gallons of water and, using a sprinkling can, spread it over the area of standing water (it won't work if there is no standing water.) Also follow the instructions given in the answer to the previous question (..water back-up..). Do this on a daily basis until the condition clears. Leach fields do not become clogged overnight. It usually takes many years of gradual build-up of undigested wastes to clog the soil. You will get your system back in operation with this initial Septic Sense treatment, however, continued maintenance applications are necessary to completely restore your leach field to its original condition.

Q. We never had our septic tank pumped out until last year. About 10 months later it needed pumping again, now it has been 5 or 6 months and I am having problems. The last time it was pumped, it was mostly water. What has happened?

A. Your leach field is clogged. You should immediately begin to conserve water - perhaps even taking your laundry to the Laundromat. Give your leach field a shock treatment of Septic Sense and continue daily applications until the system begins to work again. Continue maintenance applications of Septic Sense.

Q. On the baking soda box it says to add some to the septic system. Will this make it work better?

A. Most bacteria grow best in a non-acidic environment. By adding baking soda, you raise the pH to a neutral condition, which makes the bacteria grow faster and digest more of the wastes. This is why we have included a pH buffer in the Septic Sense formula. Of course, baking soda does not in itself add bacteria nor does it break down wastes, as does Septic Sense.

Q. What can I do about the horrible odors coming from the drains in my basement? / My septic tank is giving off a foul odor. How can I get rid of the smell?

A. Septic Sense will eliminate the odors and solve the problems causing them. A "shock" treatment of 4 scoops (using your Septic Sense scoop) followed by daily treatments of 2 scoops is needed until odors are eliminated. Daily treatments should continue for one week, even though odors have ceased, in order to solve the main problem causing the odors.

Q. Will Septic Sense get rid of roots in my leach field lines?

A.  No.  Septic Sense will not dissolve live roots.  However, it will break down the waste material that is entangled in the roots.  This will open some areas for liquids to pass  through.  Also, the roots like to feed on this waste material.  Lack of this food will discourage rapid root growth.

Q.  I keep forgetting to use Septic Sense on a regular basis.  How much should I use if I want to apply it just once a year?

A.  We do not recommend this.  The liquids in the septic tank turn over about 50 to 75 times a year.  Thus the bacteria and enzymes are constantly flushed out into the leach field or cesspool.  There they continue to leach down the wastes and keep the leach field open.  You never know when the bacteria that produce the enzymes in your septic tank are going to be destroyed.  Adding Septic Sense on a regular basis insures that there will always be an adequate supply of bacteria and enzymes.  Also, the environment in the septic tank will be the best for them.  A once a year treatment cannot do this.
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