Product Focus: Septic Systems Maintenance

Product Focus: Septic Systems Maintenance

Advanced Treatment Units

Delta Treatment Systems ECOPOD-NR

The ECOPOD-NR for advanced wastewater treatment from Delta Treatment Systems is designed to meet the growing demand for total nitrogen reduction in wastewater. The system meets the need in Florida for treatment systems to achieve greater than 65% total nitrogen reduction. NSF/ANSI 40 and 245 certification testing demonstrated the ability of the ECOPOD-NR to reduce influent total nitrogen by more than 68%. The 500 gpd ECOPOD E50-NR model includes an aerator to provide air for the treatment process and create an airlift to recirculate treated wastewater from the treatment chamber back to the pretreatment chamber. According to the maker, this enhances the unit’s denitrification capabilities. 800-221-4436;

Infiltrator Water Technologies AeroFin

AeroFin from Infiltrator Water Technologies offers passive onsite wastewater treatment for residential applications with limited space. As a combined treatment and dispersal system, it treats and disperses effluent in the same footprint, utilizing media and specified sand. The manufacturer reports the system is proven to remove up to 99% of wastewater contaminants without using any electricity, replacement media or additional maintenance and can treat domestic wastewater to Class I NSF/ANSI 40 standards. Each unit is 8 feet long and has an outside dimension of 12.75 inches. Conduits and manifolds are manufactured using recycled polyethylene and feature snap-lock couplings and PVC piping for easy system assembly. With a compact design, delivery can be made using a standard pickup truck. 800-221-4436;

MicroSepTec EnviroServer ES

The MicroSepTec EnviroServer ES (Extended Storage) is designed for residential and commercial applications. It utilizes pre-engineered, prefabricated MBBR technology. In residential settings, it combines various processes to remove contaminants to ensure safe disposal or reuse of water. The system is designed to be compact, easy to install and low-maintenance, making it suitable for homes and small communities. It also offers efficient wastewater treatment solutions for businesses, commercial buildings and larger establishments, with its extended storage capacity allowing processing of higher volumes of wastewater. 877-473-7842;

Norweco Singulair Green

Norweco’s Singulair Green with optional 520-gallon integrated pump tank offers an easy-to-install, all-in-one system for situations that require a downstream pump tank, according to the maker. The system with optional pump chamber returns clean, highly treated effluent to the environment. 800-667-9326;

Aeration Systems

Wholesale Septic Supply Tempest Diffuser

The Tempest Diffuser from Wholesale Septic Supply is placed inside the ATU to introduce oxygen to promote aerobic bacterial growth. It provides airflow of 5.65 cfm, and measures a compact 8 by 14 inches. It comes with a 1/2-inch NPT connection and includes a swivel joint for flexibility in tight spaces. 936-681-8198;

Alarm System/Components

Anua i/

The i/ system from Anua provides performance monitoring of electromechanical components while keeping everyone connected to information through a web interface. It can remotely monitor blowers, aerators, pumps, float switches or motors. It tracks water use, catches motor issues before failure, uses any mobile device or computer, and monitors any powered onsite system. 336-547-9338;

Effluent/Sewage/Sump/Aeration/Grinder Pumps

Ashland Pump Effluent Pumps

Heavy-duty effluent pumps from Ashland Pump are available in multiple horsepower sizes for various performance requirements, and feature efficient permanent split capacitor motors. The oil-filled pumps have an upper and lower ball bearing design and handle solids up to ¾ inch. They are heavy-duty 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, ½, ¾, 1 and 1 1/2 hp models. 855-281-6830;

Liberty Pumps ProVore

The ProVore grinder from Liberty Pumps is designed for use in applications where addition of a bathroom or other fixtures below sewer lines requires pumping. It has the same V-Slice cutter technology used in the Omnivore Series. Powered by a 1 hp motor, this smaller grinder is designed to operate on a standard 115- or 230-volt circuit, requiring only a 20-amp breaker. No special wiring is needed. The pump comes with a 2-inch vertical-style discharge and a standard leg pattern matching the LE Series. This allows for easy retrofit into existing systems. Compact factory-assembled systems are available in simplex and duplex versions: the ProVore 380 and ProVore 680. 800-543-2550;

Little Giant 16G Series

The Little Giant 16G Series is a heavy-duty 1 hp grinder pump designed for high head sewage or effluent removal in challenging residential and light commercial wastewater and clog-prone applications. The cutting mechanism produces more than 745,000 cuts per minute and is based on the design used in larger Franklin Electric models. The 1 hp class F motor is designed to prevent flushables and other debris from clogging and causing downtime, while the discharge is customizable to a contractor’s needs. Installers can choose the 1 1/4-inch discharge or the 2-inch adapter preassembled to the pump, making it a drop-in replacement for effluent or sewage pumps struggling with clogs and binding, regardless of discharge size, according to the maker. 800-701-7894;

Saniflo Sanicubic 2 VX

The Sanicubic 2 VX lift station from Saniflo provides above-floor drainage for multiple plumbing fixtures in a commercial structure, eliminating the need for pit installations. It is a solution for projects where conventional, below-floor drainage is not practical. Equipped with two 1.5 hp motors, the lift station is capable of discharging effluent through either 2- or 4-inch rigid pipe and offers a shutoff head of 43 feet. Its internal air pressure switch automatically cycles the unit on and off. The unit also comes equipped with a wired control panel, as well as an external audible and visual LED indicator alarm. Featuring easily removable circular panels on top, the IP68 enclosure provides access to every major internal component. 800-363-5874;


Polylok PL-250

The PL-250 effluent filter from Polylok is designed to handle up to 3,000 gpd with 250 linear feet 1/16-inch linear filtration. It is easy to install and designed for functionality and longevity, according to the maker. The cartridge cannot be installed incorrectly, with no direct bypass, and will fit any standard 6-inch tee. Its W design prevents solids from settling. 877-765-9565;

Sim/Tech Filter pleated filter units

Pleated filter units from Sim/Tech Filter provide gravity effluent filtration in septic tanks and turbine pump filtration in pump tanks. The filtration size is 3/32-inch in two dimensions. Flow channels in the pleated material increase longevity. All filter types start at over 2,000 square inches of filtration area. The 45% open area (over 900 square inches) is equivalent to 800 linear feet of 3/32-inch slots. Various configurations and larger units are available. 888-999-3290;

Hand and Power Tools/Safety Equipment

Milwaukee Tool M12 Stick Transfer Pump

Milwaukee Tool’s M12 Stick Transfer Pump transfers water without interruption, delivers superior filtration and eliminates manual pumping, according to the maker. Featuring a 36-inch submersible aluminum barrel, the pump has 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 pushes water out of pits, basins and over walls. 800-729-3878;

Satellite Industries Consumables Division Helix 3070

The Helix 3070 glove from the Satellite Industries Consumables Division is constructed with an 18-gauge flexible mix of HPPE and fiberglass for strength, comfort and safety. The natural foam latex coating provides 360-degree fluid resistance through the knit cuff while maintaining dexterity. The wrinkled rubber palm coating enhances grip and abrasion resistance, making it suitable for demanding tasks, wet or dry. Hands are well protected with its ANSI/ISEA cut score of A2 and a puncture/abrasion score of 4. It is available in an insulated version as well. It is designed to last weeks of heavy-duty work, and comes in sizes ranging from small to XXL. 800-883-1123;

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 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, used to pound through difficult spots. 800-521-6893;

Pressure Washers and Sprayers/Jetters

Cam Spray MCB3040

The MCB3040 skid-mounted, hot-water pressure washer from Cam Spray is designed to move easily from truck to van to trailer. It produces 4 gpm at 3,000 psi from a Honda GX390 industrial gas engine and triplex plunger pump with ceramic plungers and stainless steel valves. It is equipped with low-pressure chemical injection and is protected by an unloader valve and secondary pressure pop off. The burner system includes a rust-free fuel tank, Schedule 80 coil with stainless steel wrap, and is controlled by an adjustable thermostat and temperature limit switch for a maximum temperature of 195 degrees F. The frame is constructed using industrial-coated 2-inch tubing and comes with a wand/hose rack. A heavy-duty trigger gun with a dual wand and side handle valve allows switching from high pressure cleaning to detergent application and comes with quick change 0-, 15-, 25- and 40-degree nozzles. 800-648-5011;

Cat Pumps Model 7CP6165CSG1

The Cat Pumps Model 7CP6165CSG1 is designed to handle demanding sewer jetting applications with a rating of 8 gpm at 3,500 psi. and a compact footprint. It converts to a jetting pump by adding a pulsator assembly, which eliminates the danger of deadheading the pump, prolonging the life of the seals and reducing unplanned downtime. A convenient handle allows for a quick changeover from cleaning to jetting modes. It uses an industrial-duty gearbox that attaches directly to 1- or 1 1/8-inch 3,265 rpm gas engines. The gearbox allows for a smaller footprint and features hardened steel helical gears designed for smooth, quiet operation. The sealed housing provides independent gear lubrication. 763-780-5440;

Hydra-Flex Aqua-Rocket

The Aqua-Rocket from Hydra-Flex is a heavy-duty nozzle built to wash away the toughest commercial and industrial cleaning challenges. It is constructed with a stainless steel housing and tungsten carbide wear surfaces to withstand harsh environments and provide a long life span. With the tungsten carbide tip, it can start and stop both vertically and horizontally. It includes a high-temperature, drop-resistant rubber cover and blasts a concentrated 0-degree water stream that ranges between 750 and 5,600 psi. Its 22-degree cone-shaped, rotating spray pattern creates an impingement force strong enough to take on difficult challenges including graffiti, heavy equipment and car washes. It was designed to be repairable — not replaceable — and repair kits extend the nozzle’s life. 952-808-3640;

Jetters Northwest Brute Portable CART Jetters

Brute Portable CART Jetters from Jetters Northwest provide trailer-sized power on four wheels for easy portability. Available at either 9 gpm/4,000 psi (CART-4009) or 12 gpm/3,000 psi (CART-3012), the jetters can utilize many root-cutting nozzles. The compact jetters can also be converted to a mountable skid, and can be connected to a larger water tank. Fuel-injected engines provide choke-free electric-starting and work with the optional wireless remote-control which controls jetting on/off and engine on/throttle/off. They also feature handy panel-mounted controls, 300 feet of jetting hose (400 feet optional) on a 12-volt power reel (optional hand-crank reel), adjustable pulsation control, and four jetting nozzles. Propane-fueled engines and more options/upgrades are available. 877-901-1936;

Pump Control Panels

Orenco Systems 4-in-1 Controller

The 4-in-1 Controller from Orenco Systems supports numerous electrical configurations and dosing schedules in 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. It includes a programmable logic unit with multiple timing intervals for changing flow conditions and an 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 touch-safe. 877-257-8712;

SJE Rhombus Installer Friendly Series

Installer Friendly Series single-phase panels from SJE Rhombus offer an easy-to-use color LCD on the inner door for programming and system monitoring. While in the field, use the menu navigation to select pump hand/off/auto mode, convert between demand or timed dose operation, adjust pump activation levels and switch between traditional floats or the C-Level sensor for continuous level monitoring. Users can check the tank level indication and setpoint monitoring at a glance. The simplex panel controls one 120/208/240-volt single-phase pump, while the duplex controls two 120/208/240-volt single-phase pumps in water and wastewater applications. The panels are UL/cUL Listed. 888-342-5753;

SPI 50B019-120-240 DD

The 50B019-120-240 DD 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 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;

Zoeller Pump Pivot

Pivot control panels from Zoeller Pump employ microchip technology and logic to allow for a long list of standard features. The panel is capable of detecting, reacting and notifying of problems with float switches. It can also detect bad components like contactors, overloads and seal fail circuits. This means a warning is provided before the failure results in property damage. It has a simple interface and can be modified for most applications. 800-928-7867;


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;

Septic System Bacteria

Cape Cod Biochemical CCLS

CCLS from Cape Cod Biochemical was originally formulated for municipal waste treatment facilities, and the technology has been miniaturized for onsite septic systems. It contains enzymes immediately available to break down solids buildup in drains, pipes, septic tanks and soil absorption systems. It also contains reproductive bacteria for continued aid in solids digestion and settling, suspended solids removal and odor control. Regular use along with periodic pumping is intended to provide many years of trouble-free service, according to the maker. 800-343-8007;

Century Chemical Bio-Tab

Bio-Tab from Century Chemical is a tablet that sinks to the bottom of septic tanks where buildup problems begin. There, self-reproducing bacteria and enzymes gradually dissolve to create a growing area of activity, digesting and liquefying organic waste — treating the entire system, including the drainfield, according to the maker. Common household chemicals such as anti-bacterial products, bleaches, detergents or a heavy presence of antibiotics can kill already-low levels of bacteria in the septic system. When this happens, waste is no longer being digested, resulting in buildups of solids that plug the system and give off offensive odors. Bio-Tab establishes 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 maintain good working condition. 800-348-3505;

J&J Portable Sanitation Products NuTank

NuTank septic system treatment from J&J Portable Sanitation Products is 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 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 company’s brand name or private labeled. It may also be used in formulations designed for a given condition or application, such as 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 sold only to licensed contractors. 800-223-3083;

Oatey Hercules Bacta-Life

Hercules Bacta-Life from Oatey is a concentrated powdered product formulated to bacterially repopulate recently pumped septic systems. It is a blend of specialized microbes, potent enzymes, micronutrients and growth accelerators to digest grease, soap scum, starch, proteins, carbohydrates and cellulose/paper. The product disperses quickly on contact with water, and begins to break down deposits and neutralize odors. It contains no acids, caustics or solvents and is safe for use in all areas of wastewater plumbing. It is designed to enhance the natural biology of cesspools, septic tanks and drainage areas, removing heavy buildup in traps, drains, sewers and sump/lift stations when used on a regular basis, according to the maker. Regular use maintains free-flowing drains and sewers and helps keep septic systems at full activity, the company states. It can also be used in commercial grease traps, for sewer and drainline maintenance, and backyard composting. 800-321-9532;

Walex Bio-Active Septic Tank Treatment

Regular use of Bio-Active Septic Tank Treatment from Walex keeps septic systems healthy by restoring the biological population of good bacteria that are inadvertently killed by household cleaning products, according to the maker. One packet contains billions of beneficial bacteria and enzymes that help prevent clogged drainfields, backups, overflows and bad odors. Drop one packet in the toilet and flush. Each bag is a one year’s supply. 800-338-3155;

Septic Tanks

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 requiring no water for backfill, a threaded riser system and watertight, seamless construction. 866-943-7256;

Septic Tank Agitators

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;

UV Disinfection Equipment

Jet Inc. Illumi-Jet UV disinfection unit

The Illumi-Jet UV disinfection unit from Jet Inc. is capable of reducing fecal coliform bacteria levels to well below the most stringent U.S. treatment standards, according to the maker. It uses a germicidal lamp that emits 95% of the ultraviolet energy at the wavelength of 254 nanometers. This wavelength is in the region of maximum germicidal effectiveness and is lethal to virus, bacteria, protozoa and mold. The disinfection chamber couples directly with any system’s 4-inch discharge pipe, and it is permanently installed below grade. When fully inserted, the lamp housing is correctly positioned by an integrated keyway near the top of the disinfection chamber and creates a well-defined flow path, ensuring system effluent has the proper ultraviolet exposure time. Under standard operating conditions, fecal coliform reduction exceeds 99.9%. 800-321-6960;

Vent Pipe Filters

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 unit 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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