Product Focus: Septic Systems and Maintenance

Product Focus: Septic Systems and Maintenance

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Anua PuraACE

The PuraACE from Anua is a drop-in-tank reactor pod for treating high-strength waste from restaurants, convenience stores or other facilities. The pods can be added to overloaded residential or commercial treatment systems. Treatment occurs by a submerged aerated filter process to reduce BOD, COD and ammonia. Passive alkalinity control regulates pH without adding chemicals. The pod housing isolates aeration to keep heavy solids from mixing. Open channel media prevents clogging while the airlift recirculation enhances retention time. Multiple pods can be utilized for larger flows and loads. 336-547-9338;

Eljen Geotextile Sand Filter

The GSF, or Geotextile Sand Filter, advanced wastewater treatment and dispersal system from Eljen is designed to provide treatment and dispersal in the same footprint, easy installations and minimal maintenance. It is used for commercial and residential applications. Utilizing a two-stage pretreatment process, the geotextile modules apply filtered septic tank effluent to the soil and increase the long-term acceptance rate. Open-air channels within the module support aerobic bacterial growth on the module’s geotextile fabric, surpassing the surface area required for traditional absorption systems. The system is tested and certified by NSF to NSF/ANSI Standard 40. 800-444-1359;

MicroSepTec EnviroServer ES

The MicroSepTec EnviroServer ES series utilizes five chambers to achieve primary settling, treatment and clarification in one tank. The units use a moving-bed biological reactor made for the residential market. The first compartment of the system is the primary clarifier for settling sludge and solids. The second section houses the first of two aeration chambers and contains biomedia providing surface area to promote a healthy population of microorganisms. The third compartment is used for further aeration to amplify the growth of nitrifying bacteria and the process of nitrification. The fourth chamber is the final clarifier where suspended solids settle out. Wastewater is then recirculated back to the primary clarifier in the first compartment, which contains enough carbon to promote denitrification removing high levels of nitrate. Clarified water then moves through an effluent filter before entering the fifth compartment, an effluent chamber for storage. 877-473-7842;

Norweco Singulair HK Green

The Singulair HK Green wastewater treatment system from Norweco is designed for areas that require significant and consistent reduction of total nitrogen. The hybrid system combines suspended and attached growth biological processes, and consists of pretreatment, anoxic, aeration and clarification chambers, followed by the Bio-Film Reactor. It uses an extended aeration process to treat wastewater and features technology to enhance or optimize denitrification. Wastewater in the system undergoes a 70-hour retention to ensure adequate exposure to all treatment processes. 800-667-9326;

Waterloo Biofilter Communal Package Plant

The Waterloo Biofilter Communal Package Plant is an efficient, low-maintenance absorbent trickle filter, according to the maker. The synthetic filter medium is designed to optimize physical properties for low energy, long-term operation and no aerobic sludge production. Self-contained modules for communal sizes are available as 5,283 and 10,567 gpd ISO shipping container units — ready to plug in on-site. These SC-20 and SC-40 units are sized for 12 and 25 three-bedroom houses respectively. They include remote monitoring, small space requirements, and are shipped to locations around the world. They are customizable, modular, and come pre-assembled to reduce installation time and complexity. Their nonbiodegradable permanent filter media is designed to last at least 20 years. 519-856-0757; 


Gorman-Rupp EchoStorm

The EchoStorm static venturi aeration device from Gorman-Rupp is designed to add dissolved oxygen into liquids as they are being pumped. It adds oxygen to wastewater, reduces the size of organic solids and de-gases organic solids. It is available in 2-, 3-, 4- and 6-inch sizes. Depending on the pump it is paired with, it can provide flows from 50 to 1,300 gpm with up to 857 pounds of dissolved oxygen per day. It is suitable for aeration in a variety of municipal, industrial and agricultural applications, including wet well influent, aerobic sludge digestion, lagoons, oxidation ditches, fat, oil and grease digestion, landfill leachate and mine water treatment, according to the maker. The device can be combined with Super T Series, Ultra V Series, Super U Series, 80 Series, 10 Series and 6500 Series pumps. 419-755-1011;


Liberty Pumps NightEye

The NightEye app and cloud-based system from Liberty Pumps allows internet connection of a pump via the home’s wireless router and provides alarm and other performance information to a mobile device. The system sends information via text, email and push notifications, to up to four different address/phone numbers. Connected products include the ALM-EYE series indoor pump alarm, 442 battery backup pump systems and the SumpJet water powered backup pump. The system is easy to use and set up through a portable device, according to the maker. Download the free app, register the device and connect to the equipment using BlinkUp technology. The app is compatible with iOS and Android devices. There are no subscription or service fees. 800-543-2550; 


Pressure Lift HydraBore

The HydraBore from Pressure Lift can blast down and physically remove built up tallow, soap residue and tank waste. Best used with a jetter, it will only add roughly 16 gallons of high-pressure water in a 10 minute period. Total time on a job, with a unit pumping approximately 2,000 gallons of waste, is less than 20 minutes at depths of 5 to 500 feet. Units are available in 3- and 4-inch sizes, with special orders of 6- and 8-inch units. The unit offers one-person operation, faster loading times, and it keeps pumps cooler, decreasing pump wear and tear, according to the maker. It also reduces back injuries from full hoses. It works with industrial-size pressure washers and jetters, resuspending materials while pumping. 866-504-6596; 


Ashland Pump effluent pumps

Heavy-duty effluent pumps from Ashland Pump are available in multiple horsepower sizes for various performance requirements and have efficient, permanent split-capacitor motors, according to the maker. The oil-filled pumps have an upper and lower ball bearing design and handle solids up to 3/4 inch. They are made of cast iron, with cast iron impellers and equipped with a piggyback switch (20-foot standard cord) or in manual configurations. They are offered in 3/10, 4/10, 1/2, 3/4, 1 and 1 1/2 hp models. 855-281-6830; 

Crane Pumps & Systems Barnes RAZOR

The 2 hp Barnes RAZOR grinder pump from Crane Pumps & Systems is suitable for light commercial and residential solids-handling applications. It is designed with axial cutting technology to reduce solids like flushable wipes, diapers and other nonbiodegradable items. Maintenance is convenient with only a single tool needed for disassembly. The plug-and-play cord also provides easy servicing without requiring removal of epoxy in the conduit. Its 1.25-inch discharge is suitable for preconfigured packaged systems and turnkey solutions. It is available in the Barnes EcoTRAN Pressure Sewer System for grinding in tough terrain. It provides a practical and environmentally safe alternative to traditional gravity systems, according to the maker. Numerous configuration options are available. 937-778-8947;

Franklin Electric Little Giant Pit+Plus

The Little Giant Pit+Plus package from Franklin Electric provides an all-in-one solution for light duty wastewater management. Each package includes a roto-molded polyethylene basin — the pit — combined with the user’s choice of Little Giant pump. The addition of the 1 hp grinder pump option joins the already available 4/10 and 1/2 hp sewage pump choices. The basin is available in two sizes: the 24x24 JR or 20x30 SR. The Little Giant 16G Series 1 hp grinder pump has a cutting mechanism modeled after the unique design used in larger Franklin Electric models. The heavy-duty 1 hp class F motor provides optimal power to prevent flushables and other debris from clogging and causing downtime. 844-250-4982;

Polylok PL-CPE4A

The Polylok PL-CPE4A is a submersible, 4/10 hp, 115-volt, single-phase effluent pump with a 2-inch NPT vertical discharge. It has a maximum head of 38 feet and a maximum flow of 56 gpm. The pump is designed with a 3,450-rpm oil-filled permanent split-capacitor motor and has an amp rating of 6.6 for 115 volts, a rugged cast iron housing and volute equipped with a cast iron vortex impeller capable of passing 3/4-inch-diameter solids. The stainless steel shaft is supported by two single-row, oil-lubricated ball bearings. The shaft seal is an inboard design with a secondary Exclusion V seal. It has a 20-foot UL/CSA-listed power cable suitable for submersible service and fitted with a three-prong plug. The unit is supplied with an integrated clip for the included piggyback mechanical float switch and used for automatic operation. 888-765-9565; 

Zoeller Pump 24x24

Preassembled 24x24 sewage and grinder package systems from Zoeller Pump include a 2-inch solids sewage ejector, a 24-by-24-inch poly-molded basin, a poly-structural foam cover with 2-inch vent and an internal 2-inch PVC discharge pipe. Various pumps are available in horsepower options from 4/10 to 1/2 hp. They are manufactured from cast iron or thermoplastic, depending on the model, and automatic or piggyback configuration is offered. Pumps also come equipped with thermal overload protection and utilize a non-clogging, plastic or bronze vortex impeller. The basin features molded torque stops for added pump support. At only 24 inches deep, systems be used in shallow-burial applications or troublesome areas. The basin can hold 41 gallons with 25-gallon capacity below a 4-inch inlet. 800-928-7867; 


Sim/Tech Filter No-Vault

The No-Vault pump filter from Sim/Tech Filter protects turbine pump intake screens. Filtration is achieved through a 6-inch-diameter PVC or 316L stainless steel screen with 1/16-inch-diameter perforations. The shorter model has 139 square inches of open area, while the tallest model has 325 square inches. Typically the intake of a turbine pump is less than 4 square inches of open area. With 35 to 80 times the open area of the intake screen, the filter reduces the frequency of screen and pump cleaning. The interior sealing sleeve allows it to adjust to different pipe heights. The smallest unit handles pumps up to 26 inches tall, while the largest unit handles pumps up to 50 inches tall. The unit is easily installed in new systems or retrofit onto existing systems. 888-999-3290; 


Milwaukee Tool M12 Stick Transfer Pump

Milwaukee Tool’s M12 Stick Transfer Pump transfers water without interruption, and the water transfer pump delivers superior filtration and eliminates the hassles of manual pumping. Featuring a 36-inch submersible aluminum barrel, the pump has the reach and inlet control to get to water in difficult-to-access areas such as trenches, storm drains and water meter boxes. Milwaukee’s new HydroPass filter technology maximizes water flow in heavy debris to pump up to 9 gpm. The 360-degree filter minimizes downtime caused by clogging. With a 15-foot maximum head height and an outlet compatible with a 3/4-inch garden hose, the water transfer pump delivers the power to push water out of pits, basins and over walls. 800-729-3878; 

T&T Tools Mighty Probe

The Mighty Probe from T&T Tools has a 3/8-inch hex rod (approximately 20% stiffer than a round rod) or a 7/16-inch hex rod (approximately twice as stiff as the standard round rod). Stiffer hex rods bend less to make the probe easier to push into the ground, especially when probing at deeper depths. Lengths are available from 36 to 78 inches in 6-inch increments. When the probe is combined with a slide adapter, an integrated mini slide-hammer probe is created, allowing technicians to pound through difficult spots. 800-521-6893;


Jet Inc. Model 197

The Model 197 control panel from Jet Inc. monitors the operation of the Jet Inc. treatment system aerator and additional components. It can monitor single- or dual-aeration systems with selectable high- and low-amperage monitor settings. The panels have dedicated alarm and control circuits with separate power circuits for aeration devices. In addition to the aerator control circuits, the panel contains three auxiliary 120-volt output circuits for external device control relays. They include three low-voltage auxiliary input circuits selectable for N/O or N/C alarm inputs. An integrated pump power control relay is automatically disabled in an auxiliary device alarm condition. A signal array includes a power indicator LED and four equipment alarm indicator LEDs. 800-321-6960;

Orenco Systems 4-in-1 Controller

The 4-in-1 Controller from Orenco Systems supports numerous electrical configurations and dosing schedules within a single panel. Both simplex and duplex models are available and can be configured in the field for timed or demand dosing. While the control circuit operates on 120-volt power, the pump circuit is dual-rated for 120- or 240-volt power, meaning installers and service providers can reduce their panel inventories for new installations and repairs. It includes a programmable logic unit with multiple timing intervals for changing flow conditions and has a built-in elapsed-time meter and counter. It also displays float position and has a float error indicator. Each panel includes a reference chart to assist with troubleshooting during installation and testing as well as wiring diagrams. It is completely touch-safe. 877-257-8712;

SJE Rhombus Model 112

The Model 112 control panel from SJE Rhombus features a user-friendly simplex controller. It controls one 120, 208 or 240 VAC single phase pump in water and sewage installations. The simplex controller has a touch-safe housing clearly labeled and elevated in the enclosure. It has LED status indicators for pump run, power on and float status; float push-to-test buttons; an HOA switch that allows you to easily switch between Hand, Off, and Auto; and form C auxiliary alarm contacts. There’s also an optional adjustable seal failure circuit and red LED indicator. It has built-in pump failure and float out-of-sequence detection. In addition, there are three user-selectable field-programmable options: alarm steady state or flashing; alarm auto reset or manual reset; and optional seal failure alarm beacon plus horn activation. It is also UL listed. 888-342-5753; 

SPI 50B019-120-240DD

The 50B019-120-240DD control panel from SPI is a duplex timed-dosing panel for residential or commercial applications. It can be used with 120- or 240-volt power, and it accommodates two dosing pumps controlled by a repeat-cycle timer. It has a durable, weather-resistant, NEMA 4X polycarbonate enclosure with SST latches; large, easy-to-access terminal block; circuit breakers for the pumps and control circuits; a rugged, externally mounted, UV-resistant alarm light; audible alarm and run-mute-test switch with UV-resistant sealing boot; definite purpose motor contactors; alternating relay; and pump hand-off-auto switches. Compressor hookups are available. Wiring schematic and detailed connection diagrams are provided, as well as mounting feet for the enclosure. It is UL listed. 419-282-5933; 


Aero-Stream Integral Safety Barrier

The Integral Safety Barrier from Aero-Stream provides added protection from an incidental security breach of the primary septic tank cover. It is included on all Aero-Stream risers and available in heights from 7 to 50 inches in 3-inch increments, with custom heights available up to 96 inches. Its modular design minimizes freight cost and allows 33 unique configurations with 10 SKUs. The tank can be pumped without removal, but the unit can be removed for servicing baffles. It fits 24-inch I.D. double-wall corrugated, ribbed and smooth-wall pipe. The adapter flange is 29 1/2 by 29 1/2 inches, with a 23 1/2-inch I.D. 877-254-7093;

BrenLin Seal-R

Seal-R septic tank lids from BrenLin create a strong seal between the septic tank and the riser, eliminating water infiltration between the tank and riser. They are made of durable materials, range from 12 to 42 inches and can be personalized with a service provider’s company information. The 42-inch lid meets growing demand for bigger risers to accommodate new technology. 888-606-1998; 

TUF-TITE tank risers

Tank risers from TUF-TITE have internal supports or ledges to reinforce internal plastic safety lids. The ledges will strengthen the company’s plastic internal safety lids or a variety of internal safety devices made by others, such as concrete, fiberglass or rope netting. The riser lids come with necessary mounting hardware, including safety screws. 800-382-7009; 


Cape Cod Biochemical AfterShock

Aftershock from Cape Cod Biochemical is a blend of laboratory-enhanced naturally occurring primarily aerobic organisms that are type-specific to the various substances that typically clog residential and commercial drainfields and leaching structures. It also contains a bacteria-friendly, time-released oxidizing agent to accelerate bacterial action of the organisms in the product to restore drain in most soil-absorption areas. Its consortium of bacteria and oxidizer can be applied at the same time. According to the maker, the oxygen-accelerated bacterial action will quickly digest the organic solid material that reduce the drainfield’s capacity to absorb water, effectively restoring drainage through a natural process. 800-343-8007;

Century Chemical Bio-Tab

Bio-Tab from Century Chemical is a tablet that sinks to the bottom of septic tanks where build-up problems begin. There, self-reproducing bacteria and enzymes gradually dissolve to create a growing area of activity, according to the maker, digesting and liquefying organic waste — treating the entire system, including the drainfield. It is able to establish itself by working from the inside out, and regular usage — combined with routine pumping — can aid and support the natural digestion of waste, helping septic systems to maintain good working condition, the manufacturer contends. 800-348-3505;

Ecological Laboratories PRO-PUMP/HC

PRO-PUMP/HC liquid live bacteria from Ecological Laboratories is a blend of microorganisms selected for broad-spectrum application in industrial and wastewater treatment. It contains more than 30 strains of bacteria designed to resolve problems that occur in septic systems. It is designed to provide rapid breakdown and removal of fats, oils and greases that build up in septic tanks and absorption fields. It is a consortium of vegetative non-spore-forming bacteria formulated to perform in low-oxygen facultative anaerobic environments. Regular treatment can help reduce surface solids, bottom solids and odor, the maker contends. 800-326-7867; 

J&J Portable Sanitation Products NuTank

NuTank septic system treatment from J&J Portable Sanitation Products is scientifically designed to replenish the enzymes in the septic tank. With highest concentrations of billions of specific bacteria, the manufacturer contends it will break down solids, scum and sludge for a healthier septic system. Using it monthly can help reduce the potential for backups and costly repairs such as drainfield damage, according to the maker. It is designed to boost the progression of the decomposition process, even battling harsh detergents and antibacterial products. Users toss one self-dissolving packet into a drain or toilet and wash or flush down. It is safe for all plumbing and environmentally friendly. It is packaged to be resold by septic pumpers in 12 packets per jar and 12 jars per case. The septic company’s contact information can be added to each jar. 800-345-3303; 


Lenzyme is an enzyme-bacteria product used as a septic biological maintainer, drain cleaner and sewage treating agent in the home and in industrial, commercial and municipal installations. It can be packaged in the brand name or private labeled. It may also be used in formulations specifically designed for a given condition or application. Various formulae have been developed for use in drains, septic tanks and cesspools, and for industrial and commercial application. It is approved by the USDA for use in sewage and/or drainlines of establishments operating under the federal meat, poultry and egg products inspection program and is only sold to licensed contractors. 800-223-3083, 

Oatey Hercules Septic-Flow

Oatey’s Hercules Septic-Flow is a concentrated liquid designed to improve the overall efficiency of all types of septic and wastewater systems. Containing billions of active organisms in each ounce, it has the capability to rapidly degrade waste, according to the maker. Used in a wide variety of conditions, the product will not be affected by temperature, pH variations, and the presence of household cleaners or disinfectants. It is designed to be used on a regular basis to eliminate backups, odors and corrosion. Available in 2-quart containers, it can be used in septic tanks, cesspools, dry wells, leach tanks and drainfields. Regular use allows for growth of sulfide-producing bacteria that slows the bacterial digestive process, according to the maker. 800-321-9532;

Surco Portable Sanitation Products Enz-O-Matic

The Enz-O-Matic biological organic waste degrader and odor eliminator from Surco Portable Sanitation Products includes a high concentration of non-pathogenic, live bacteria cultures designed to rapidly degrade organic wastes with a blend of surfactants and odor counteractant fragrance. It is nonpolluting, contains no acids or toxins, and is certified Salmonella-free. It contains over 200 billion live bacteria cultures per gallon. The bacteria count doubles every 20 to 30 minutes to provide continuous enzyme production. Enzymes digest and liquefy grease, blood, urine, vomit, feces, sewage and other organic substances, neutralizing odors on contact, according to the maker. It can be used for drainlines, septic tanks, grease traps and septic spills. 412-789-8683;

Walex Bio-Active Septic Tank Treatment

Bio-Active Septic Tank Treatment from Walex is a drop-in packet designed to keep septic systems functioning properly. A powerful formula is contained in a rapid-dissolving liner that disintegrates when dropped in the toilet. It includes solid-reducing enzymes and beneficial bacteria, which are often depleted in septic systems by the use of anti-bacterial household cleaning products. Monthly use can help prevent back-ups, overflows and bad odors, according to the maker. Technicians can leave customers with a yearly supply of septic treatment to keep the system healthy between routine pumping service. 800-338-3155;


Roth North America MultiTank

The MultiTank from Roth North America can be used for water cistern, pump, holding, rainwater or septic tank applications. This is possible due to its inner layer of FDA-approved virgin HDPE, two inside layers of polyethylene for improved stability, plus one outer layer of black and UV-stabilized polyethylene. Features include CSA, NSF and IAPMO certification, a COEX-4 multilayer co-extrusion process, a low-profile design for less digging and avoiding high water tables, lightweight construction, a multiport inlet/outlet convenient for field piping, the ability to enter and exit the tank on the ends or sides, two 24-inch manways to provide easy access for maintenance and service, a cylindrical shape that requires no water for backfill, a threaded riser system and watertight, seamless construction. 866-943-7256; 


Crust Busters agitator

The handheld power agitator from Crust Busters has an 80-inch shaft and two- or three-blade propeller designed to mix a 1,000-gallon septic tank in five minutes. Options include 2-, 4-, 6- and 9-foot extensions and a short three-blade shaft that adapts to the two-blade unit. 763-878-2296;


Pagoda Vent

Decorative Pagoda Vents come in 16-, 24- and 36-inch sizes. The original vents are bark (brown) or moss (green) color to blend into the landscape. The newest copper offering will add patina over time or can be maintained as a pristine copper landscape feature. All versions support the long life of system components by providing septic field microbes the oxygen they need to thrive, concrete tank gas release to mitigate microbial induced corrosion, and pressure relief for pumps. An optional odor filter cartridge uses concentrated media for years of odor control, according to the maker. 888-864-1468;

Simple Solutions Distributing WVI Inline

The WVI Inline activated carbon filter from Simple Solutions Distributing is installed in an attic or crawl space inline of the current vent to remove septic odor. The filter comes in 4- and 6-inch sizes, with the smaller able to be bushed down to 1.5-, 2- and 3-inch sizes. It comes with 2 pounds of Sulfursorb Plus activated carbon, which is poured into the 2-inch fill port. The unit accepts an optional screw-in saturation indicator that changes color to indicate when carbon needs to be changed. It is suitable for extreme, cold climates, as it is enclosed in an attic or crawl space. It can be installed in any climate where septic or sewer vent odor exists and the roof vent filter needs to be hidden. 973-846-7817; 


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