Start with 3 gallons of product. Use 1 gallon of the product via the toilet, sink or drain closest to the septic tank outlet. Next, apply 1 gallon of product into the drain field soil directly. After 1 week add another 1 gallon. Flush freely with water to distribute it throughout the septic system drain field.
For Drain Field and Leach Field Maintenance:
Use 1 gallon every 6 months via the toilet or nearest drain closest to the septic tank.
Restoring Failed Drain Fields or Leach Systems:
Start with 5 gallons of product. Apply a minimum of 3-4 gallons of product directly to the drain field soil. Apply the final 1-2 gallons via the distribution box/cleanout or septic tank opening. For waterlogged systems, try to drain off as much excess water as possible before treatment. Use a hose and add 40-80 gallons of water to the distribution box with the product to ensure it makes it through the drain fields' entire system. If you can not access the distribution or "D-Box", it may be necessary to add additional products via the toilet or sink.
The directions may need to be repeated for seriously slow or completely “locked” soil, especially clay-type soils.
Septic tanks can be hazardous as noxious gasses can form in the septic tank. Opening the tank may release these gasses, and precautions should be taken to ensure you do not breathe these gasses. If in doubt have a professional service your tank with our products.
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WHY SHOULD I MAINTAIN MY SEPTIC TANK/SYSTEM?
A key reason to maintain your septic system is to save money!
Failing septic systems are expensive to repair or replace, and poor maintenance is often the culprit. Having your septic system inspected (at least every three years) is a bargain when you consider the cost of replacing the entire system.
Your system will need pumping every three to five years, depending on how many people live in the house and the size of the system. An unusable septic system or one in disrepair will lower your property’s value and could pose a legal liability.
Other good reasons for the safe treatment of sewage include preventing the spread of infection and disease and protecting water resources. Typical pollutants in household wastewater are nitrogen phosphorus, and disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Nitrogen and phosphorus are aquatic plant nutrients that can cause unsightly algae blooms.
What are people saying about Septi-Flow Shock™?
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“Septic-Flow has saved me a ton of money, after having three different septic companies come out after I told them the problem I was having they all assumed I needed my leach field replaced. I for one didn't have that much money for a leach field as they all wanted $20,000 to replace the leach field and secondly, they just went off what I said without actually looking into the problem, which if they did actually look into the problem and confirmed I needed a new leach field then yes I probably would have gone a different route but I am glad I stuck to my gut feeling and purchased Septic-Flow because a couple of days after using this product the problems I was having went away and they haven't returned. If you are having problems with your septic/ leach field then I would advise you to try this alternative first before spending ten to twenty thousand dollars for a new leach field, this has truly helped me a lot !!”
—J. Looney, Verified Customer
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“Brand new house with a brand new septic system and drain field in 2006. In 2013 drain field failed and was replaced. In 2016 I was told the drain field was in failure again and needed to be replaced. Toilets and tubs were backing up. I had it pumped and put 4-gallon shock treatment into cleanout NOT directly into the drain field as suggested as I had no access to it nor did I have a distribution box.
I then put 1 gallon in each week for 4 weeks for a total of 8 gallons in a month.
No backups and the flow is perfect so far. The green grass only on top of the drain field has been dying too so that shows the water is going down and not up. Good signs so far, hoping for the best.”
—B. Johnson, Verified Customer
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“My system was slowing down and the tub was draining slow. This helped a great deal. Winter always slows the septic system but this sped it up in about a week”
—R Toth - Verified Customer
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“Great product, solved my problem within 24 hours of using. After spending about $300 on various products at Home Depot and after watching YouTube videos on septic bio-mat problems I realized I needed to try this product. I'm so glad I did. Now I know, there will be no need to spend thousands to replace my drainage field as this product does indeed do what it claims to do. I will be buying again for maintenance.”
—J Michael - Verified Customer
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"I have a 20-year-old mound system that was leaking and pooling underground. I tried this product and within 10 to 15 days it stopped the problem. I used 2 treatments and plan to give another one for good measure next month."
- Speedwrench - Verified Customer
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"This stuff really works! We were facing a complete emergency drain field replacement in February. I researched and found Septic-Flow. The sodium damage and blockage of the drain field made sense, so we gave this a try. We put 2-1/2 bottles directly into the yard based on a YouTube video we watched. The remaining bottle and a half went into the toilets. We have seen the grass return to Green and the drain field is working again. I waited to post this to be sure it worked. It has been 6 months and we are still flushing fine! I also, to aid the system, changed to all-natural cleaning and laundry products. Apparently, fabric softener is one of the worst offenders to septic systems!"
"UPDATE: 9 months and still working! I added another bottle through the toilet about 2 months ago. I plan to do a bottle every 2-3 months to keep it going! Still haven’t had to spend $4,000 on a new drain field! Thank you, Septic-Flow!!!"
- Lisa G - Verified Customer
Basic Septic Tank and System Information
Septic systems treat and disperse relatively small volumes of wastewater from individual and small numbers of homes and commercial buildings. Septic system regulation is usually a state and local responsibility. The EPA provides information to homeowners and assistance to state and local governments to improve the management of septic tanks to prevent failures that could harm human health and water quality.
If properly designed, constructed, and maintained, your septic system can provide long-term, effective treatment of household wastewater. If your septic system isn’t maintained, you might need to replace it, costing you thousands of dollars. A malfunctioning septic tank can contaminate groundwater that might be a source of drinking water. And if you sell your home, your septic system must be in good working order.
If your septic tank failed, or you know someone who did, you are not alone. As a homeowner, you are responsible for maintaining your septic system. Proper septic system maintenance will help keep your system from failing and will help maintain your investment in your home. Failing septic systems can contaminate the groundwater that you and your neighbors drink and can pollute nearby rivers, lakes, and coastal waters.
Ten Steps to Keep Your Septic Tank and System Working Properly:
Locate your septic tank and drain field. Keep a drawing of these locations in your records.
Have your septic system inspected at least every three years.
Don't dispose of household hazardous waste in sinks or toilets.
Keep other household items, such as dental floss, feminine hygiene products, condoms, diapers, and cat litter out of your system.
Use water efficiently.
Plant only grass over and near your septic system. Roots from nearby trees or shrubs might clog and damage the system. Also, do not apply manure or fertilizers over the drain field.
Keep vehicles and livestock off your septic system. The weight can damage the pipes and tank, and your system may not drain properly under compacted soil.
Keep gutters and basement sump pumps from draining into or near your septic system.
Check with your local health department before using additives. Commercial septic tank additives do not eliminate the need for periodic pumping and can be harmful to your system.
Make sure your drain field actually drains away from your home and that there is no standing water on the drain field area.
HOW DO I MAINTAIN MY SEPTIC TANK/SYSTEM?
Use bacteria and enzymes to help with septic system maintenance. Also, use a septic system product that can help soap-laden clogged soil and clay flow freely again. Soaps and detergents from household use eventually clog the surrounding soil and clay thereby stopping septic field flow. Even pumping the tank will not free these clogged drain field lines.
Plant only grass over and near your septic system. Roots from nearby trees or shrubs might clog and damage the drain field.
Don’t drive or park vehicles on any part of your septic tank system. Doing so can compact the soil in your drain field or damage the pipes, the tank, or other septic system components.
Keep roof drains, basement sump pump drains, and other rainwater and surface water drainage systems away from the drain field. Flooding the drain field with excessive water slows down or stops treatment processes and can cause plumbing fixtures to back up.
What is Septi-Flow Shock™?
Septic-Flow is not a new science. It is a tried and true method to get your septic field flowing again.
In simple terms, it is a chemical product first used in the 1950s to help soften or loosen the soil surrounding your septic system to get it flowing again.
It is a septic tank maintenance aid that helps reverse "deadpan" or "hard soil" that has formed after years of sodium building up in the soil from the use of washing machine and laundry detergents as well as body and hand soaps. With thousands of gallons a year pouring into your septic field, this slowly accumulates sodium build-up over time, causing the soil to harden and not accept any more water or bio-nutrients from your septic system into the soil. Once the soil locks up, there is little left to do but dig up the entire drain-field system and install a costly new one.
Now you have a simple and inexpensive solution to digging up your entire septic system caused by locked-up soil.
A modern upgrade on a classic solution.
Septi-Flow Shock™ was researched and developed in 2004 based on previous technology and patents from the 1950s; originally invented by Ortho Chemical Company. Ortho stopped making the septic treatment products in the 1970s to focus on a more lucrative agricultural chemicals business and Nature's Innovation, Inc. has picked up and improved the chemical and manufacturing process to produce our septic treatment products.
If you have any questions about drain/leach field problems and how our products can work for you, you can contact us by using the form below or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We try to answer emails within 24 hours during weekdays. On weekends, we may respond sooner than the following Monday by 12:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, USA.
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