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Question DetailsAsked on 8/29/2013

looking for effective product to reopen sluggish septic system - tank to leach field.

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Root-X can work good if it is plugged with rootlets. For paper and soap scum and grease accumulation, the normal cause of leach field pipe clogging, the only answers I have ever seen work is high pressure jetting followed by an enzyme grease cutting treatment followed by a bacteria injection to eat away the remaining biomat, which can restore a few years to an old field and does clean the distribution and perforated pipes well, but does not provide anything like a "like new" condition.

This involves pumping the septic tank dry, then commonly getting down into it to access teh distribution pipes. In newer systems, there is commonly a distribution box or manifold where jetting can be worked from.

The other so-called septic tank leaners or rejuvenators and home remedies generally do very little, or in some cases loosen the biomat but then do nothing to remove it, so your lines plug up even more.

You need an experienced septic system maintenance man, not just some sucker truck driver.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


Update - I did not mention it last time because it was not an "accepted" treatment, and can damage concrete and some plastic pipes. However, you could check into peroxide treatment - it essentially kills all the bacteria in the field that make it work (and rootlets), you then vacuum pump each line to suck back the killed bacteria and sludge to the truck, followed or concurrently with pressure and/or steam jetting to break up the sludge and grease and suck it out. In "jetting" I am including the various surge block and staged surge suction systems designed to pull the blokcages out of the holes in the pipes and immediately surrounding soil.

The system is then commonly "dosed" with a few hundred gallons of sewage from his next pumping load, to provide a starter batch of the bacteria necessary to make the sytem break down the sewage. Sort of like a starter batch of yeast in bread making.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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