| CAUSES OF SEPTIC SYSTEM FAILURES
If a house is not connected to a sewer plant, the house has a septic system.
All human waste from the toilets and other waste material from the house go into the septic tank.
In human wastes are huge numbers of microbes that are part of our body's system to digest food.
In the septic tank these microbes continue to live outside of our bodies.
They grow and multiply in the septic tank and eventually leave the tank and travel to the disposal field.
In the disposal field they continue to survive, grow and multiply.
Over time, they form a huge colony over all the soil surfaces.
In order to survive, they coat themselves with a thick slime called Biomat.
After years of using a septic system, the Biomat slime gets thicker.
Eventually, the Biomat slime becomes thick enough that liquid leaving the septic tank cannot get through the Biomat slime as fast as liquid is put into the septic tank.
The septic system backs up and fails.
The septic industry calls this "Biomat clogging" of the disposal field soil.
Failure is: liquid surfacing or soft spots in the soil over the disposal field; liquid or soft spots over the septic tank; slow draining plumbing fixtures; strange noises and gurgling in the plumbing lines; complete backup of the plumbing in the house; septic odors in or around the house.
Biomat slime is the cause of 95% of septic system failures.
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