Treatment Options for a Drain Field Biomat

When a thick, dark growth covers your drain field, this substance is called a biomat and it is not a good sign. Biomats occur when the drain field is not filtering effluent from the septic tank properly, resulting in an organic growth above ground. If your drain field is forming a biomat, this is a warning that your septic system needs service. Treating and servicing your septic system quickly can eliminate a biomat and may prevent a septic failure.

Schedule an Inspection and Service

First, call your local septic professional and schedule an inspection and service. If left unchecked, a biomat can destroy your septic system, requiring a new tank and drain field be installed. A maintenance service of tank pumping and inspecting your system may identify issues that can help treat your biomat.

Change Your Habits

It may not be a problem with your septic system that is causing your biomat; it may be how you are using your septic. Using excessive water, putting chemicals down the drain, using anti-bacterial soaps/cleansers and anti-biotic medications can all impact your septic system’s ability to breakdown solid waste. This can cause solid particles to flow out to your drain field, feeding the biomat that is growing and suffocating your system. Cut down on water use and be careful not to put items down the drain that can kill the good bacteria in your septic tank.

At the first signs of a biomat formation on your drain field, call your local septic service company and begin evaluating your septic use. Quick action on your part could save your septic system and save you thousands of dollars in replacement costs.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(678) 873-7934

What Is a Biomat?

Many people who own homes with a septic system are not familiar with the various components of their system. It is not uncommon for a homeowner not to know where their septic tank or drain field is, even though this is important information to know. However, knowing where your system components are located and what to look for if there is a problem is important to prevent complete septic failure. One of these elements is a biomat.

If you are unfamiliar with a biomat, that may be a good thing. A biomat is something you do not want to occur if you have a septic system. To understand what a biomat is and why it is a sign of a septic problem, you need to know how your drain field works.

Drain Fields and Biomats

Your drain field is used to filter the waste water that comes from your septic tank. The effluent or waste water comes through a distribution box from the tank and is slowly spread over the drain field area through small underground pipes. If the soil is not allowing the water to go down fast enough or too many solids are in the effluent when it reaches the drain field, a bacteria-created layer is created called a biomat. This covers the ground and can prevent waste water from entering the soil to be filtered, causing a pooling of waste water and a septic backup.

Biomats don’t occur overnight. If there is an issue with the drain field, often there will be pooling water, a bad odor or abnormal plant growth in the area. This is the time to call your septic professional for an inspection to get the problem fixed before it becomes a full septic failure.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(678) 873-7934

Can Your Drain Field be Saved Through Remediation?

When your drain field no longer can filter the effluent from your septic tank, your entire system can fail. Drain field problems often occur due to bio-mat growth, a thick covering of biological material that can cover the drain field. When this occurs, effluent cannot filter properly. If not fixed, the drain field may need to be dug up and replaced, making a mess of your yard and draining your bank account. Another option is septic system remediation, a much simpler option to save your drain field.

What Is Drain Field Remediation?

When a thick bio-mat is clogging a drain field, the bio-mat must be removed. Remediation of a drain field is an alternative to complete replacement. The biological material that creates that thick, clogging mat can be reduced by adding oxygen to the septic tank to grow anaerobic bacteria. Stimulating the growth of these bacteria can dissipate the bio-mat through the natural biological process.

To add the needed oxygen to the septic tank, a remediator device can be used. This can be placed in the tank by your septic service company. Advanced remediators can begin reducing the bio-mat growth in as little as two weeks and offers long-term improvement for the breakdown of solids in the septic tank. This can prevent future drain field problems and help dissolve solids in the tank, reducing the frequency of pumping.

If you have noticed pooling on your drain field or a bad odor, you may have a bio-mat problem. Contact your local septic service company to find out if drain field remediation can resolve your bio-mat problem and improve the function of your septic system.

Posted on behalf of:
Bynum & Sons Plumbing, Inc.
2120 McDaniels Bridge Rd SW
Lilburn, GA 30047
(770) 736-8283