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Will Septic Genie Help Plugged Leech Lines?

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Here’s a question we received today from Jason:
Question: I have to have my tank pumped out twice a year and I live alone so its not used much. I thought my leech lines were plugged so I had them cleaned out in december and the tank is full again. Will your product help my problem?
Here’s our response:
Your situation is repeated over and over every day.  This situation is defined as an extremely marginal septic system.  This means the biomat and other organic material has finally slowed down the absorption process to the point that your system will no longer allow liquid into the soils around the disposal field as fast as you put it in.

Your septic system will continue to degrade unless you do something to reverse the process of biomat slime buildup.  Or you can replace the disposal field.  Costly, extremely damaging to your property and the new field will fail again from exactly the same process.

The Septic Genie technology was developed to address just this problem.

Jetting the lines merely cleans out any accumulated solids laying within the disposal pipe.  At times, there can be a plugging effect from these solids.  But jetting the lines does not address the soil clogging issue.  In fact, some the solids in the lines will be washed into the leach lines.  As your tank has refilled, it is apparent that biomat is clogging the soil not solids blocking the outlet holes in the pipe.

This is the ideal time to install a Septic Genie.  There is still capacity in the disposal field so the effluent with the Genie bacteria entrained in it can reach the soil where it is needed to remediate the biomat.  The longer the problem lasts the more time it takes for the Genie bacteria to work at restoring your disposal field.

Septic systems depend on bacteria.  Unfortunately, we have used the wrong bacteria for nearly a century.  Septic systems are a closed system.  In a conventional anaerobic septic system the only bacteria that are “allowed” in are the ones from your intestines.  They normally do not survive outside of your body.

But in an anaerobic septic tank they manage a meager existence.  By adding countless more each day, we develop a large community in the septic tank.  When they leave the septic tank entrained within the effluent, they don’t perish. They again establish a meager existence in the soil pores and over time, they cause 95%+ of failures just like yours by doing what they evolved to do, consume energy, secrete slimes (biomat) and divide.

The Septic Genie provides a better species of bacteria (facultative), kills the vast majority of anaerobic intestinal bacteria we deposit in the septic tank each day, and leave the septic tank and travel through your leach lines to the disposal field and breakdown the biomat slimes.  Everyday, the Septic Genie continues to remediate the soils and keep the system functioning properly.

Leach Field Problems

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Here’s a good question today from Dan Goddard:
1. I don’t think that all my leech lines are working. The first leg that comes out of the tank has a couple of areas where water has surfaced and my yard is getting soggy. Can you help?
2. When washer drains we have pooling at or near the septic and bubbling in the toilet. No pooling when flushing toilet and no water backing up from other drains. Had tank pumped 1 year ago. Occasional odor near septic tank. What are your thoughts?


Your septic system is indeed demonstating several common symptoms of leach field problems.  Your leach lines are clogged with biomat.  They are not allowing all of the liquid effluent leaving your septic tank to pass through to the unsaturated soil.  What you see on the surface of the ground around your septic tank and leach lines is the amount of liquid the leach lines cannot absorb.

The soggy areas are merely liquid effluent that is now looking for a way out. The liquid cannot leave the trenches by the bottom and sides and must now leave the trench by absorption through the soil on top of the trenches.  This absorption process breaks down the soil structure and by being constantly wet and therefore makes the soil soggy.

The pooling you have from the washer is typical of a fast and heavy slug of liquid being forced into a septic tank that has leach field problems.

It takes time for the liquid to leave the tank because the leach lines can’t take the liquid load quickly.  The liquid tries to get out wherever it can in the quickest time. If the liquid cannot drain down through your leach lines it tries to come out on the surface; if there is resistance on the surface due to pooling from a previous breakout, the liquid will try and escape from the tank.
As the slug load is slowly absorbed by the leach line, the liquid disappears.  The bubbling in the toilet is the displaced air caught in the inlet sewer line to the septic tank from your house that has to get out some way.  As the liquid from the tank is backing up to some level into the inlet sewer line, it rises up to the easiest place to get out and that is normally the shower/tub drains or a toilet (these being the lowest drain points).

The pumping merely removed solids (assuming the pumper properly pumped your tank) and keeps the retention time for the solids separation at a correct duration. Pumping will not cure leach field problems.
The smell near the septic tank is most likely from effluent in the soil that is surfacing during the wash event.  This effluent carries some organic material solubolized in the liquid and many intestinal bacteria.

The soil becomes saturated over time, has no oxygen in the soil pores and makes a usable home for the intestinal bacteria entrained in the effluent.  There over time, these intestinal bacteria will create odors that we commonly refer to as septic odors.  There could also be enough soil disturbance over the time the liquid has surfaced over the septic tank to make small passage ways in the soil when not filled with effluent during washing events to allow septic gases to escape to the surface.

The Septic Genie is the answer if you don’t want to tear up your yard and pocket book.  This technology has cured many hundreds of septic failures just like this.