Septic Tank Worms And Additives Explained

Failing septic tanks and soakaways are a very common problem throughout the world. Whether you have a domestic septic tank or a wastewater treatment plant, it is essential that they are totally trouble free and correctly operating. This ensures you can use the toilets and other facilities in your house without any health risk occurring. Septic tanks and sewage treatment plants are the most cost effective off mains drainage solutions available today. There are many advertised solutions to these problems including septic tank worms.

Septic tank additives

Sewage worms would fall into the category of a septic tank additive. Septic tank additives can come in the form of enzymes, septic tank bacteria or even septic tanks worms. These products are often marketed as a method of quickly fixing a septic tank problem. The enzymes and bacteria are supposed to turbocharge the treatment process and to remove and build up of grease and other organic materials that build up in soakaways and cause blockages.

Septic tank worms are marketed as a solution for similar problems. The worms are supposed to feed on any organic materials or fatty and greasy deposits that can build up in your septic tank or percolation area, providing and almost instant solution to any issue with a septic tank or a sewage treatment plant.

Do septic tank worms or septic tank bacteria really work?

This is a difficult question to answer. The suppliers and manufacturers of these additives insist that they provide a possible solution to a septic tank problem such as blocked drains or septic tank odour.  However, many other people in the industry would strongly disagree with any such statement and feel that they are just an attempt by sales companies to take advantage of people looking for a fast solution to a septic tank problem.

Our view on septic tank worms, septic tank bacteria and septic tank enzymes are related to our strong belief in independent certification for all wastewater and sewage treatment products. For example, all of the domestic sewage treatment plants, domestic septic tanks and other wastewater treatment systems we sell are all independently certified to EN12566-3 and EN12566-1 at a notified test facility. This means that when someone asks us what level of treatment the systems offer we can provide an independent test certificate showing this clearly. So, when we make a claim that we have the biggest range of concrete and plastic sewage treatment plants and septic tanks on the market, and that our systems have the lowest energy consumption and highest standard of effluent treatment available – we can back up these statements!

So, if you are considering buying a septic tank additive, be sure that the products are CE marked, and that they are independently tested to prove that they perform and do the job the supplier promises you they will.

Typical septic tank problems and their solutions

If you are unsure about buying septic tank worms or other septic tank additives, then below we have listed some common septic tank and sewage treatment plant problems along with practical solutions. These apply for domestic and commercial wastewater treatment plants.

Cracked inlet/outlet pipes – Cracked pipes often occur from heavy traffic over a septic tank or the septic tank area. The only solution here is to contact a professional drainage company to inspect the pipes and repair them.

Cracked tank – Cracked and damaged tanks can occur from poor installation or from heavy traffic over the tank area. Again, a professional drainage repair company will be required here and you may need a specialist septic tank installation company. If the tank is damaged and needs to be replaced then to save on costs go for low cost certified sewage treatment plant.

Flooded tank – A tank can be flooded if it is in a low point where rainwater can enter the tank. Alternatively, it can be flooded due to a pipe blockage or a problematic soakaway. A local septic tank emptying company is the best solution here.

Flooded soakaway or percolation area – A flooded percolation area is typically caused when a percolation area is blocked or clogged. Septic tanks do not have a high standard of effluent treatment, so in many cases a soakaway after a septic tank will need to be replacedt. If you don’t want this hassle then the best solution is to forget about a septic tank and to install a sewage treatment plant.

Poor quality effluent – Septic tanks only have a treatment level of approximately 30%. In contrast, a sewage treatment system or wastewater treatment plant has a treatment level of >98%. So, if you have low quality effluent from a septic tank and you are concerned about it, consider installing a sewage treatment system. Available options range from low energy to completely non-electric systems.

Septic tank additives are not identified as a solution for a septic tank problem. For a long-term and cost effective, professional solution then contact an expert today. Alternatively read up on the EPA wastewater treatment manual yourself!

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