Biological Treatment Process for Sewage Waste

Biomat Layer of Septic DrainfieldPrivate Septic Systems in Minnesota and other areas of the country have somewhat of a love/hate relationship with Biomats. The Biological Mat or Biomat is a slimy buildup of bacteria that forms in the Soil Absorption Area (SAS) called a Drainfield or Leach Field. It creates a buildup or slime layer that helps to remove sewage, viruses and pathogens from wastewater before it contaminates nearby ground water. If the Biomat becomes too thick it can clog up the Biological Treatment Process of the Septic System. Your MN Licensed Septic Professional at Custom Septic Inc. (CSI) has ways to help extend the life of the biomat layer to Prevent Expensive Septic Repairs.


Protect Biomat Formation

Considering the potential for Septic System Problems created by a Clogged Biomat Layer, MN homeowners may think that they are a bad thing. On the contrary, the formation of a layer of anaerobic bacteria is an essential part of Natural Sewage Waste Treatment. It is important to protect a Healthy Biomat Formation to protect the soil absorption area of the septic system.

Bacteria that is found in the biomat layer serves the purpose of filtering out viruses, biological solids and pathogens from the liquid wastewater before it reaches and contaminates the ground water, lakes, streams or nearby wells.


Slimy Biomat Layer Clogging Problems

Biomat Clogging can become an expensive problem for properties that rely on a septic system to treat sewage waste. If the biomat layer becomes too thick it will slow down the flow of liquid waste through the Drainfield Soil Absorption System (SAS). As the soil becomes more clogged with a Slimy Biomat Layer it result in drainfield failure with warning signs such as Ponding Water or Sewage Back Up into the home.


7 Ways to Extend Lifetime of Biomat and Septic Drainfield

The following suggestions can Slow Down Biomat Formation to extend the useful lifetime of the biomat and drain field area.

  1. Proper Maintenance of Septic Tanks including pumping out when needed
  1. Avoid Overloading Septic System with unusually high amounts of water. A suggestion would be to spread out loads of laundry rather than washing multiple loads in one day.
  1. Install Septic Tank Filter System to prevent solids from flowing out to the soil treatment area. Ask your Licensed Septic Professional about options.
  1. Never Flush Anything Down Toilet other than biological waste and toilet paper (do not flush tampons, wet wipes, dental floss, facial tissue, etc.)
  1. Install Washing Machine Filters or Lint Traps that help to keep fibers from entering and clogging the septic system
  1. Repair Water Leaks in faulty plumbing fixtures to prevent water from continuously trickle into the septic tank.
  1. Divert Downspouts and Sump Pumps away from the septic system areas.


Minnesota Licensed Septic Professional

You can count on Custom Septic, Inc. (CSI) for expert help with Biomats and Septic System Services. With the right advice and guidance a properly installed septic system can last for many years without failure. We are Licensed Septic Professionals that are dedicated to Preventing Expensive Septic System Repairs when possible. It requires an understanding of the Biological Treatment Process of Sewage Waste and a desire to protect the environment and health of Minnesota residents.

Custom Septic Inc. (CSI) provides affordable services the rural Twin Cities Suburbs and Northern Minnesota.

Contact Custom Septic, Inc. (CSI) for a Free Estimate at 763-218-4769