How to Improve Septic System Performance

More than 40 million people in the United States currently use on-site wastewater disposal or decentralized sewerage collection and treatment that rely on septic tanks for primary treatment.

There is a good reason why, in this age of advanced technology, the septic tank is still in use. It works. More than 45% of ultimate treatment can be accomplished in the septic tank. Advanced onsite and effluent sewer technologies have established their environmental importance by bringing highly reliable, affordable and permanent wastewater treatment to users worldwide.

In short, passive—energy-free—septic tanks provide the most cost efficient form of primary treatment available for non-industrial sewage.

Increasing awareness of chemical toxicity has caused many locales to pass regulations against the use of harsh chemicals in drains, traps and septic systems.

The septic tank is an enclosed receptacle designed to collect wastewater, segregate settleable and floatable solids (sludge and scum), accumulate, consolidate and store solids, digest organic matter and discharge treated effluent. The most common usage is in rural residential applications. Besides its role in standard subsurface soil absorption systems, the pre-treatment provided by the septic tank is equally important in ensuring the success of other secondary treatment alternatives such as constructed wetlands, ponds, intermittent and recirculating sand filters, peat filters, mound systems, synthetic filters or membrane systems, up-flow filters, pressure distribution systems, and nitrogen reduction systems.

In addition, septic tank pre-treatment often precedes packaged aerobic treatment processes. Multiple tanks are often used in parallel or series configurations when greater treatment, storage or surge capacity is necessary. The septic tank is also a major component in pressure and variable grade effluent sewer collection alternatives (STEP and STEG systems). The reason is simple: the primary-treated effluent discharged from the septic tank is mild, consistent, easy to convey and easily treated by either aerobic or anaerobic secondary processes.

Increasing awareness of chemical toxicity has caused many locales to pass regulations against the use of harsh chemicals in drains, traps and septic systems. Grease, fat, cellulose, and related materials tend to solidify and build up in plumbing and septic systems. In addition, detergents and other household chemicals tend to reduce essential microbial breakdown activity in septic systems. Regularly augmenting the septic tank with a bacterial product can keep the performance at a high level and reduce the impact of potentially harmful chemicals and substances.

MICROCAT-ST is formulated to accelerate the breakdown of odor-causing compounds and other materials that accumulate in toilets and septic systems and to alleviate the ill effects of household chemicals.  When used regularly, MICROCAT‑ST can save plumbing and septic system and drain field maintenance dollars by minimizing system clean, pump out and by freeing poorly flowing drain fields. MICROCAT‑ST is an all-natural blend of neutralizers, deodorizers and activators for cleaning and deodorizing plumbing fixtures and systems.  MICROCAT-ST also contains safe, natural bacteria for keeping septic systems in a high state of activity and drain fields clear and free-flowing.

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