Probably not hot topic of conversation but something probably MANY members have at their houses unless fortunate enough to have sewers. I’m on Long Island and all the places by me have mostly cesspools since it’s all sand underneath. My sister upstate has a septic tank. Those that have them know the issues that result when it fills up (think of the Meet the Parents movie).
I have been fortunate enough that in 10 years I only had to have it pumped twice, some neighbors have to have it done yearly or more. Many companies make the bacteria to add to system to help break down all the stuff we add everyday. Problem is all the new “antibacteria” soaps, bleach, etc. kill the good bacteria that is needed to make the system work properly. Most people with one of the systems know that you need to add some bacteria almost monthly to help maintain the systems.
The names Rid-X, Septic helper, etc. are probably the familiar ones and usually available locally at Home Depot, hardware stores and even supermarkets.
Through word of mouth I heard about Bio Safe Organics (www.biosafeorganics.com) so I decided to try it. As I just started using it a couple months ago it’s hard to tell but what I do know is that it is MUCH stronger (more bacteria) than Rid-X and Septic Helper (my previous products of use).
At my job I have access to a Microbiological Lab so I decided to bring samples of each to see how they grow. The lab plated all of them at different dilutions for me and I checked results 1 day and 2 days later. Since they are all “active” bacteria of course at full strength they all grew many colonies. The most diluted samples they did were at 1 in 10,000,000 (10^-7) which showed some big differences.
Septic helper had 1 colony after 1st day, 3 after 2nd day.
Rid-X had 4 colonies after 1st day, about 20 after 2nd day.
Bio Safe Organics had about 50 colonies after 1st day, 2nd day could not count because the entire dish was filled.
For the cost and strength I know what I’ll be using from now on. The only hard part for some is the $200 outlay to get the 3 year coverage. $10 bucks a month at local hardware store is always easier to swing but that’ also only when you remember to buy it. I add a bag everytime I make out a mortgage payment check. This way I know it goes in monthly. Rid-X is better than doing nothing but then I could have saved a couple grand and bought a Tahoe which is better than walking also. I chose Toyota for the long term and Bio Safe Organics I look at the same way. Pay me now, or Pay me more later to fix the other problems.