Why is there sewage water leaching from the ground?
Oils and greases flushed down your drains (even in small amounts) tend to accumulate within your septic tank. Eventually this is forced through to the effluent absorption part of your system which eventually gets clogged up and will result in leaching. This can be further worsened by the use of enzyme based additives.
Why are my pipes blocked and not draining properly?
Over time, your septic tank will accumulate large amounts of organic solids and grease. This accumulation will eventually lead to your wastewater backing up in the pipes. Efficient aerobic bacterial breakdown of these solids will prevent blocking.
Why are there foul odours in my garden and in my drains?
Accumulations of organic solids and grease within your septic tank create an ideal environment for anaerobic decomposition (without oxygen) to take place. The by-product of this process is Hydrogen Sulphide with smells like rotten eggs. Aerobic breakdown (oxygenated) on the other hand produces Carbon Dioxide as a by product which is completely odourless.
Odour emissions from your septic tank are a clear indication that it is unhealthy and requires assistance.
What is the difference between aerobic bacteria and anaerobic bacteria?
Aerobic bacteria uses oxygen to thrive while anaerobic bacteria cannot survive in an environment saturated with oxygen.
What effect does my septic tank have on the environment?
The effluent stream from a typical household contains a large amount of Nitrogen and Phosphorous which are concentrated nutrients. In a typical anaerobic septic tank, these compounds are not broken down efficiently and end up leaching out into the soil, ground water and rivers. This has been identified as a major contributor to the ill health of many of Australia’s waterways in terms of poor water quality, algal blooms and “fish kills”.