Septic Tank System Restoration with PORT

Learn how a 900-gallon septic system went from complete failure to functioning as new with PORT.
Septic Tank System Restoration with PORT

Septic systems are typically unable to degrade all of the biosolids that accumulate in the tank and leach fields. While indigenous microorganisms are present in most septic systems, they are not capable of degrading the waste at a sufficient rate to keep the system in proper operating order. The end result can be costly pump outs, or even worse: the system has to be removed and replaced at an extremely high cost.

The Problem: A Failing Septic System

A field evaluation was performed on a failing 900-gallon septic system with 429 square feet of leach field. The system had completely malfunctioned. There was no drain evacuation and water had penetrated through the soil above the drain field. The accumulation of biomass in the bottom of the leach field had created a shield (much like a layer of petroleum jelly over sand) that prevented the wastewater from leaching into the ground as designed.

The repair and replacement cost a company quoted the owner was $6,350.00. Along with the expense, there would also be a period of six days that the owner’s property would be in a state of total disruption. As you can imagine, this was not an appealing option to the property owner!

The Solution: Pump and add PORT 

PORT Septic Tank Treatment

We at Southland Organics stepped in to help ameliorate the situation. First, the septic tank was pumped out. Water began to backflow into the tank from the leach field, giving another indication that the leach fields were definitely not working. The decision was made to pump the system because there was total blockage in all drains and lines, and there was no other method to get adequate flow throughout the system.

PORT, a biologically active and environmentally safe septic solution, was added at an application rate of one gallon per 100 gallons of tank capacity. In this case, nine gallons were added directly to the 900-gallon tank. At the junction box, one gallon of PORT was added for each 100 square feet of leach field in the system (4.3 gallons for the 429 square feet in the leach field). Note: If the leach system is a chamber type system, PORT must be added into each chamber based on the square footage of each line.

Within three days after treatment with PORT, the drains from the building began to flow more freely. Ten days after treatment, drain evacuation was performing as good as new. Sixty days later, the biomass accumulated in the bottom of the leach fields was cleared, and the wastewater began leaching as designed.

Conclusion: Owner Saved Septic System and Money

With slightly over 13 gallons of PORT, the malfunctioning system was restored to normal operation. The owner saved $6,350 in repair and replacement expenses and was not exposed to the unpleasant event of having his property in complete disruption for nearly a week. These savings of time, money and stress were accomplished without the use of harsh chemicals that can harm the environment.

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About The Author

Mike Usry

Mike Usry

This was written by Mike Usry, the President of Southland Organics. Mike is an entrepreneur and soil enthusiast with a passion for educating on agriscience-based topics to help business owners and homeowners alike grow plants, turf, poultry and more. Mike received his Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Georgia and his MBA from the University of South Florida. The combination of his education and experience has given him a deep understanding of both business and the science behind our products. Mike founded Southland Organics in 2009.

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Isabella (Izy) Dobbins

Marketing Manager

This was edited by Isabella (Izy) Dobbins, Southland Organics' Marketing Manager. Izy has devoted her education and career to communicating science-related topics. With an enthusiasm for sharing accurate and honest content relating to science and agriculture, she ensures Southland Organics' publications are as informative as they are interesting. Izy graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in advertising, minors in both Spanish and environmental health science and a Certificate in Sustainability. She has been working at Southland Organics since 2021.

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