What’s on the Market?

When putting together a septic system, or repairing one, you want to make sure that the components that you are using will last as long as possible and make your job easier. Below is a list of some well-known products and some that you may not have heard of or tried.

Components

Batson Headworks Box

The Batson Headworks Box is an economical and simplified method to replace headworks components in wastewater treatment and freshwater systems. Field tested for two years, the headworks box is less expensive, more durable and more reliable than other filtration units on the market according to David Batson, owner of Batson Enterprises.

The box requires low maintenance. Snifter valves on the filters enable you to determine flow. A dual valve filter system allows you to switch flow to the clean filter so you can replace the dirty one without having to pump the system or turn it off.

BrenLin Company

The BrenLin Company makes the Seal-R Ring, Seal-R Lids and plastic riser pipe to make your job easier and reduce installation labor.

Made from a lightweight polyurethane, Seal-R Ring “creates a water-tight seal between the tank top and riser maintenance pipe.” BrenLin says that their ring and pipe can be installed within minutes using a polyurethane foam sealant which forms a barrier to prevent leaks into the septic tank.

Seal-R Lid is a green plastic cover for the plastic dual-wall riser pipe. Using the included 4″ stainless steel lag screws, the lid installs quickly with the pre-formed holes. It also has a gasket to prevent groundwater entry and allows for quick access for servicing.

Polylok, Inc.

Polylok, Inc. manufactures a wide-variety of plastic-injection molded products for the onsite wastewater industry and boasts more than 200 products and 75 patents.
With covers, seals, filters, risers, grates, drains, catch basins, pumps, baffles, junction boxes, alarms, Step-systems and more, Polylok probably has the component you’re looking for.

RotoSolutions

RotoSolutions specializes in custom products for the wastewater industry for anything from short-run prototypes to high volume production. The company will work with you to design, engineer and manufacture your product.

They also make a durable and economical roto-molded septic tank lid in 18″ and 24″ sizes that come in green and black. Molded to fit corrugated pipe, the lids can be used with or without the sand-filled or foamed option.

SIM/TECH

SIM/TECH was founded by three installers and site consultants with extensive experience in the onsite industry. They continue to use the products they make in current installations and make updates to products based on real feedback from their experience. The company was originally born from the need for a specialized filter for a pressure system. After designing a successful filter, they continued to add new products.

Today, they offer a wide-variety of products including pressure filters, gravity filters, orifice shields, segmented risers, riser covers, float trees, alarms and tools, pipe/riser saws, security nets, bow tie pipe stands, sludge samplers, A-1 vault filters, no-vault pump filters, large pump screens, float check tools and sure-set guide corners.

SIM/TECH is a “rapidly expanding company dedicated to the design of environmentally-responsible, cost-effective solutions to residential and commercial systems.”

Tuf-Tite

According to the Tuf-Tite website, “Tuf-Tite manufactures a full line of patented drainage and septic products which are the industry leaders in each application. From our innovated distribution boxes, which have become the industry standard, to our patented effluent filter which can prolong the life of septic fields significantly, each of our products is engineered and manufactured to perform better and longer than anything else on the market.”

Tuf-Tite products include drainage products, risers, distribution boxes, effluent filters, adapter rings, tank seals, boots and mandrels, accessories and more.
Additives

Arcan Enterprises

Septic Scrub reacts with the buildup of sulfides in the drain field to help oxidize the sulfide to increase drainage by introducing it into the distribution box. The product will distribute into the drain field as water flows through the box. The product’s chemical reaction produces oxygen which aids in the replenishment of the soil’s aerobic bacteria and reduces soil compaction.

“A homeowner has three choices when their system slows down or is almost stopped,” says David Keeton, owner of Arcan Enterprises. “They can not use it for 6 to 12 months and the oxygen will slowly oxidize the sulfide, they can use a product which will do that same thing in minutes, or they can dig it up which can be very expensive.”

“The applications are much less expensive,” says Keeton. “There is no guarantee that it will fix the system, but our customers have a lot of success with our product and we’ve been around since 1997. It has stood the test of time.”

Cape Cod Biochemical Co.

Cape Cod Biochemical produces a series of additives to maintain septic systems, restore drain fields, unclog plumbing waste lines and break down grease.
CCLS Septic Tank and Cesspool Treatment can be used to maintain septic systems, digest waste, unclog plumbing waste lines, eliminate odors and reduce organic backup. The liquid bacteria/enzyme formula can be used in septic tanks, cesspools, drains, traps, plumbing lines, sluggish waste lines, soil absorption fields and at private and municipal waste treatment facilities.

Bio-Rem E-D granular grease trap and sewer and drain line treatment breaks down grease, digests waste, eliminates odors and unclogs drains. It can be used to treat the toughest grease traps in commercial and industrial kitchens, overloaded plumbing and waste lines, sluggish sewer and leach lines.

AfterShock can be used to restore drainage in clogged or sluggish drain fields, cesspools, recirculating sand filters and more by digesting the solid material.
DrainMaster Concentrated Drain Cleaner removes buildup to open up drains and grease traps using a liquid bacteria/enzyme solution.

Septic Drainer

Septic Drainer is a septic tank additive that has been successfully used on failed or slow draining drain fields.

“Remember when you pierce the hard surfaces of a failed drain field the water in the system drained away?” asks Mark Reynolds, with RCS Septic Drainer. “Well that layer is called hard pan and is caused from sodium mixing with the soil. About 50 years ago, they discovered that if you use calcium polysulfide, which is non-toxic and non-hazardous, then you can drive the sodium out of the soil.”

He goes on to say that most systems start out as aerobic bacteria based systems but then bind up so that air cannot flow. “The only bacteria that can survive in a no air environment is anaerobic bacteria which produces nitrates,” says Reynolds. “When you introduce air, it does allow aerobic bacteria to fluoresce and consume the nitrates. But, keep in mind the underlying issues are still present, so that means aerating the drainage part of a septic system does not solve the underlying issue that causes hard pan (soil and sodium combined).”

Read about a customer who was able to turn around failed systems using Septic Drainer in our May article, “Mr. Fix It.”

Story by Jennifer Taylor

Resources

For more information:

■ Arcan Enterprises: www.arcan.com
■ Batson Headworks Box: www.wastewater-treatment.us
■ BrenLin Company: www.seal-r.com
■ Cape Cod Biochemical Co: www.septiconline.com
■ Polylok: www.polylok.com
■ Roto Solutions: www.rotosolutions.com
■ Septic Drainer: www.septicdrainer.com
■ Sim Tech: www.gag-simtech.com
■ Tuf-Tite: www.tuf-tite.com

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