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Septic System Problems Albertville MN Part 2

Look for Symptoms of a Septic System ProblemSewage System Problems Albertville MN

Problems with your sewage treatment system can be quite messy and expensive if left not repaired early. In Part 1 of this 2 Part series on Septic System Problems we took a closer look at Sewage Backup or Failed Drains. In this Part 2 blog we will concentrate on problems occurring in or around your Drainfield or Absorption Field area on your Albertville, MN property. Problems may include clogs, filtering issues or high water in spring.

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SepticSmart Week Part 2 Sartell MN

SepticSmart Week 2014

SepticSmart Week 2014

SepticSmart Week 2014 Is The Week Of Sept 22 – 26

In our last Blog titled Happy SepticSmart Week! We touched on Septic System Basics and how a licensed septic system professional such as Custom Septic, Inc. (CSI) can help you to save on costly septic system repairs or replacement. This Blog is continuing on as Part 2. We will go over Septic System Maintenance and Failure Signs.

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Septic Systems And Antibacterial Soaps Elk River MN

Bacteria Is Bad… Right?

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When most people think of bacteria, they picture something harmful that causes disease and infection. Bacteria, does however play a very important role in safely treating sewage. Your onsite subsurface sewage treatment system (SSTS) is a very effective way to naturally treat household wastewater and safely recycle it back into the environment. To do this your septic system relies on millions of bacteria that occur naturally in human waste and the soil. Homeowners in Elk River, MN who have private sewer systems may want to think twice about over-use of Antibacterial Soaps and Cleaning Products. The use of these disinfectant products Destroys both Good and Bad Bacteria.

 Antibacterial Products Can Damage Septic Systems

Normal use of antibacterial sanitizers, soaps and cleaners will destroy a portion of Beneficial Bacteria but will not cause significant problems with the treatment process. The accumulative affect of excessive amounts of these antibacterial products may cause noticeable and Very Costly Damage.

Septic Professionals such as Brad Krotzer from Custom Septic, Inc. (CSI) have witnessed an increase in septic system damage due to the popularity and overuse of antibacterial cleansers. It is possible to totally destroy a septic system with an overabundance of bacteria killing products. The jury is still out as to which products are the most harmful and how much is too much for maintaining healthy bacterial activities in your sewage treatment system.

 Products That May Destroy Beneficial Bacteria

There are several different Common Household Products that have the potential to destroy beneficial bacteria and damage a septic system. These products include the following:

  • Antibacterial Hand Soaps
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaners
  • Drain Cleaners
  • Tub and Tile Shower Cleaning Products
  • Laundry Bleach Additive Products
  • Countertop Cleansers
  • Prescription Antibiotics

 Suggestions To Improve Septic System Treatment

Household cleaning products are used to keep our homes and families clean and healthy. We are not suggesting that you stop using these bacteria killing products, simply that they are Used Smartly. Here are suggestions that Elk River homeowners can use to improve your septic system treatment process.

  • Avoid Overuse of Bleach and Bleach Alternative laundry products by washing 1 Load with Bleach per week.
  • Do Not Use toilet cleaners that activate with Each Flush
  • Be Cautious of how much Toilet Cleanser is used for weekly cleaning.
  • Reduce Drain Cleaners needed by avoiding Grease, Food Particles and Hair down going down the drain.
  • Use Only a Minimal Amount of Mild Cleaners when needed.
  • Use only Liquid Detergents – as powders may clog the pipes.
  • Have your Septic Tank Pumped every 2 to 3 years through the manhole – not the inspection pipes.

 Professional Septic System Maintenance

To keep your sewage treatment system healthy for many years, avoid the overuse of antibacterial products such as Soaps, Detergents and Cleansers that kill both good and bad bacteria. Elk River, MN property owners should contact a Septic Professional like Brad Krotzer at Custom Septic Inc. (CSI) for inspections and maintenance. Brad is a septic system professional who is Licensed and Certified with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). He will inspect your treatment system and help you with septic system maintenance and repairs.


Custom Septic Inc. (CSI) is Licensed, Bonded and Insured. Serving the Twin Cities Metro area and Northern Minnesota.


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

 Custom Septic Inc. (CSI) serves the Twin Cities and Northern Minnesota.

Septic Tank Additives Cambridge MN

Are Septic Tank Additives A Good Idea?

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If you have an individual septic system on your Cambridge, MN property you may be wondering if purchasing septic tank additives are a good idea. These products are advertised to save you money by keeping your septic tank cleaner longer, therefore, having to be pumped less often. Unfortunately, some septic tank additives are just a waste of your money, while some can cause Costly Damage to your septic system. It is very important to have your septic system Inspected by a septic professional and Pumped on a regular basis. No Tank Additive product is needed to aid the sewer treatment process. They are NOT endorsed or recommended by the USDA or EPA.


Three Types Of Septic System Additives

There are 3 types of septic tank additive products on the market. Sewer additives are meant to be used as Starters, Feeders or Cleaners. Each are advertised to work with the bacteria in the system to break down and treat the sewage. The best way to help bacteria to do an effective job is to Reduce the amount of Chemicals and Antibacterial cleaning products that go into the system.

Starter Additives

  • Advertised to get the treatment started by adding Bacteria.
  • Primarily used on a new septic system or one that has just been pumped.
  • Not Needed because human waste has plenty of bacteria to do the job of breaking solids in sewage.
  • Not Harmful but Not Necessary.
  • Waste of Money.

Feeder Additive Products

  • Advertised to add nutrients to make bacteria Healthier and Reproduce Faster.
  • Said to add Enzymes to assist the Bacteria in treating sewage.
  • Not Necessary – bacteria has enzymes that will do the job.
  • Will Not Help or Harm your septic system.
  • Waste of your Money.

 Cleaner Additives For Septic Tank

  • Claim to clean pipes and septic tank.
  • May just be a Starter or Feeder that introduces enzymes into the tank.
  • Possible that Cleaners may cause solids to go into the liquid sewage.
  • Could be Dangerous.
  • Could cause irreparable Damage to your Septic System.
  • Could cost you Thousands of Dollars to repair or replace drainfield or septic mound system.

Septic System Inspections And Pumping Save You $$$

Don’t waste your money on septic tank additives that Do Not Work and may cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. The Best way to maintain your septic system is to have it Inspected by a Septic Professional like Brad Krotzer at Custom Septic Inc. Brad is a septic system professional who is Licensed and Certified with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). He will inspect your sewer system and can recommend a pumping company that does quality work.

Custom Septic Inc. (CSI) is Licensed, Bonded and Insured. Serving the Twin Cities Metro area and Northern Minnesota.


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


Custom Septic Inc. (CSI) serves the Twin Cities and Northern Minnesota.



Septic Systems And Garbage Disposals Elk River MN

Enjoy A Country Living Lifestyle Without Septic System Worries

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The lure of a country lifestyle has many people moving to the Elk River, MN area. You can enjoy family and leisure time without dealing with noise, traffic and crowding that is more common in the city. Living in a rural area means that you are more likely to have your own Onsite Septic System. If a Garbage Disposal is a luxury that you would rather not live without, then you have to take some precautions to avoid damaging your mini sewage treatment system. The use of a food waste disposer is hard on your system and can make sewage treatment more difficult. You can still enjoy a country living without worrying about your septic system by taking advise from a qualified Septic Professional like Brad Krotzer from Custom Septic Inc. (CSI).

Why Garbage Disposals Are Hard On Septic System

Your septic system works hard every day. Each person’s average daily water usage is approximately 60 to 100 gallons. Sewage treatment relies on bacteria to decompose and break down solid waste. When you use a garbage disposal, it introduces food particles into the sewage treatment system, causing it to slow down the treatment process. This may require more frequent pumping of the septic tank. Make sure that your septic system is designed to handle the added waste from a garbage disposer.

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What You Need To Know About Garbage Disposals

If you choose to use a food waste disposer at your Elk River, MN home, it is wise to purchase a disposal that is Specifically Made to assist a septic system. Some disposals release enzyme-producing microorganisms into the system each time it is used. This helps to treat and decompose food particles that go down the drain and into your sewer system. The environmentally safe additive helps to reduce build up in your pipes.

  •  Using a Garbage Disposal may require more Frequent Pumping of your septic tank.
  • A Larger Tank size is advised for homes that use a garbage disposer.
  • Choose a Food Waste Disposer that is designed to work with an onsite sewage septic system.
  • Do Not put Grease or Fat down your garbage disposal.
  • Run Cold Water into the sink while running the garbage disposer.
  • Do Not over-tax your septic system by sending Excess Water down the drains.
  • Keep a Pitcher of Water in the refrigerator, to have cold water readily available without running water for an extended period of time.
  • Grind Up an Orange Peel through your in-sink disposal to freshen and deodorize naturally.
  • Avoid using Antibacterial Soaps and Detergents that destroy bacteria needed to treat solid waste.


Certified Septic System Professionals

Custom Septic Inc. (CSI) has earned a great reputation with over 17 years in the septic business. The owner, Brad Krotzer, believes in giving each septic job his personal attention. Brad is a septic system professional who is Licensed and Certified with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

Custom Septic Inc. (CSI) is Licensed, Bonded and Insured.


Custom Septic Inc. (CSI) serves the Twin Cities and Northern Minnesota.

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