Leech Field Prevention of Bio Mat Growth?

Leech Field Prevention of Bio Mat Growth?

PostBy: 20GT On: Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:27 pm

Leech field prevention of bio mat growth?

I know the best defense against the bio mat is preventing the solids from getting far. I'm just trying to be pro active. I'm getting a new infiltrator field Tuesday morning and was wondering if anything lasting could be done to help prevent the bio mat from growing.

I really have no idea what would work with a lasting affect or if it's even worth worrying about. I was just reading the below post and heard of bio mat growth.

So if bio mat grows what could I use to make the environment down there non habitable? Salt, chlorine, change the pH? It would have to be something lasting to work.

Leach field failed.....again!
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Re: Leech Field Prevention of Bio Mat Growth?

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:31 pm

Best thing is to keep all chemicals out of system so the natural bacteria can do it's job & get the tank pumped every 3 yrs ... or more often if needed. Tank pumping is not very expensive even if done yearly & will help prevent solids from getting to the LEACH field.
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Re: Leech Field Prevention of Bio Mat Growth?

PostBy: warminmn On: Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:04 pm

windyhill4.2 wrote:Best thing is to keep all chemicals out of system so the natural bacteria can do it's job & get the tank pumped every 3 yrs ... or more often if needed. Tank pumping is not very expensive even if done yearly & will help prevent solids from getting to the LEACH field.


I agree.

Bleach is a big no no. It takes very little of it to kill all the natural bacteria. No nice way of saying this but condoms or anything rubber have been known to plug them up bad too. Some of the powdered soaps can also be bad as they don't break down. Natural bacteria keeps the system from freezing in the winter also.
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Re: Leech Field Prevention of Bio Mat Growth?

PostBy: grumpy On: Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:10 pm

Water conditioning salt is bad too. If it don't come out of your body don't put it in there.
AND NO RIDEX !!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Leech Field Prevention of Bio Mat Growth?

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:19 pm

I use an organic vinegar for bleach/softener & use vinegar & baking soda to clean toilet & sluggish drains.
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Re: Leech Field Prevention of Bio Mat Growth?

PostBy: scalabro On: Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:56 pm

Put a $25 dollar tank outlet filter in the tank outlet "T"
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Re: Leech Field Prevention of Bio Mat Growth?

PostBy: grumpy On: Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:25 pm

scalabro wrote:Put a $25 dollar tank outlet filter in the tank outlet "T"

Yep, best thing to do...
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Re: Leech Field Prevention of Bio Mat Growth?

PostBy: scalabro On: Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:15 pm

The other easy thing I've seen done is to open the distribution box and pour hydrogen peroxide directly into each leach pipe ... worked wonders on my neighbors field.
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Re: Leech Field Prevention of Bio Mat Growth?

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:25 pm

if the tank is properly sized 1500 gallon...
no garbage disposal...
nothing stupid down the toilet...
if you ate it you can flush it...
The best rule...
Filter on the outlet pipe...
remember to wash it off...
drywell for the water softener and laundry...
salt and little micro fibers kill the field...
Just stick the tank and when 33% is solids on bottom...
pump it then...
over pumping is just as bad as under pumping...
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Re: Leech Field Prevention of Bio Mat Growth?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:36 am

drywell for the water softener and laundry...


Good advice, and very economical. My brother just put one in.

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Re: Leech Field Prevention of Bio Mat Growth?

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:19 am

It doesn't look like he even came back to check this thread????
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Re: Leech Field Prevention of Bio Mat Growth?

PostBy: warminmn On: Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:42 am

scalabro wrote:The other easy thing I've seen done is to open the distribution box and pour hydrogen peroxide directly into each leach pipe ... worked wonders on my neighbors field.


What exactly does that do? Interesting.
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Re: Leech Field Prevention of Bio Mat Growth?

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:51 am

Hydrogen peroxide (and some types of acids) breaks down a lot of the waste that is plugging up the pipes/ground and allows water to disperse again.

Paul
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Re: Leech Field Prevention of Bio Mat Growth?

PostBy: warminmn On: Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:58 am

Sunny Boy wrote:Hydrogen peroxide (and some types of acids) breaks down a lot of the waste that is plugging up the pipes/ground and allows water to disperse again.

Paul


Thanks, I may have to do that this summer when I have mine pumped again.
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Re: Leech Field Prevention of Bio Mat Growth?

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:58 am

Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful oxidizer, similar to bleach or ozone. It dismatles organic molecules by removing the carbon atom that holds them together. Make sure it is going to the field and not the tank as it will dismantle your little microbes too.
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