S.O.S. - Save Our Septic® Wastewater Adventure Series Volume 1: Not the Kind of Pool We Had in Mind, Part 1
Synopsis: Failing septic systems disrupts more than just your lawn and lives; they disrupts plans for your property.
Application: Retrofit existing failing septic system with RetroFAST® Septic System Enhancement
John and Joan Johnson stepped eagerly out onto their back patio. They’d been talking about installing a pool for months. It was time to get serious. But as soon as they saw the state of the yard, their jaws dropped.
Overnight, the small expanse of green grass had been flooded with black puddles. Their jaws slammed shut an instant later as the stench hit them. This was definitely not rainwater and definitely not the type of pool they had in mind.
They quickly retreated into the house and Joan reached for her cell phone. After a few years of life with a septic system, she’d discovered the value of a septic service pumper. They were on a first-name basis.
“Yeah, Mike, we’re pretty sure the system is backed up. Could you send someone over?”
That afternoon, as Joan and John watched from the patio door, Mike was peering into the subterranean septic tank and shaking his head.
Diagnosing the Problem
“Yep,” he reported. “Both your septic system and the drain field are clogged with layers of undigested solid waste from the tank. The system has failed biologically, and now we need to get the drain field to perk.”
“Perk?” asked Joan.
“Return to normal so that it doesn’t let anything rise to the surface of the yard,” Mike explained.
“What would that entail?” asked John.
“Well, one option is to replace the tank and drain field, basically the entire system.”
“Ouch, what would that cost?” John asked warily.
“Thousands,” said Mike simply.
“Well, there goes the pool,” Joan thought, sharing a nervous glance with John.
“Any other options?” she asked Mike.
“Actually, there is. Let me call an associate of mine. She can tell you more.”
The Service Provider calls for “Back-up”
Mike hit a button on his phone, and almost immediately, John and Joan heard a distinctly female voice answer, “Hey, Mike! What’s up?"
“We’ve got a backed-up system here. Think you could drop by?”
It was the second jaw-dropping moment of the day. John and Joan watched as a figure descended gently in their yard, accompanied by the soft whirr of a jet backpack powering down.
“It’s . . . she’s a. . .,” Joan started speaking but gave up and frankly stared. The shape was decidedly female, but seemed to be composed entirely of blue and gray plastic and stainless steel septic tank parts. But her bright digital mile and the light in her blue eyes projected a definite human warmth.
“John, Joan, this is Aerobe. She’s a special agent from Bio-Microbics. We call her Bubbles.”
“Was that a bionic eyeroll?” John wondered to himself, as Aerobe gave a rueful little laugh.
“I’m an aeration specialist.” She then looked directly at Mike, “…someone else came up with the unfortunate nickname.”
Mike grinned broadly, “But when a tank is plugged, Bubbles is the answer. Tell them about RetroFAST®.”
Aerobe explained, “With RetroFAST, most treatment action occurs in the tank prior to going out in the field. It keeps your tank supplied with enough oxygen to prevent clogged layers from ever forming. That prolongs the life of your drain field.”
…to be continued. (Click here for Part 2)
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