What’s a bad septic tank?

Quite simply, a bad septic tank is one that has become inactive, resulting in –

  • Foul Smells
  • Drains Blocking or Backing-up
  • Effluent Overflows
  • Wet Boggy Soakaway Areas
  • Potentially Damaged Soakaways

So What Can Go Wrong?

The natural digestion process in your tank can easily be disrupted if the natural enzyme-producing bacteria are destroyed by detergents, antibiotics, chlorine bleaches, antibacterial products and other contaminants.

This inactivity leads to tank stagnation, where healthy aerobic bacteria die or become anaerobic, leading to build-ups of fats, oils and greases, excessive sludge, foul smells and blockages causing overflows.

A bad septic tank can lead to soakaway problems too. Untreated effluent entering the soakaway areas can result in water-logged grounds and potentially the need to completely relay the soakaway drain network.

Emptying tanks is costly and provides no long-term solution, while blocked soakaway outflow drains can cost £’thousands to replace.

Emptying tanks is costly and provides no long-term solution, while blocked soakaway outflow drains can cost £££’thousands to replace.


What’s a good septic tank?

Quite simply, a good septic tank is one that is healthy and active, resulting in –

  • No Foul Smells or Odours
  • Minimal Chances of Blocked Drains
  • Effective Waste Digestion so No Overflows
  • Purer Outflows to Keep Soakaways Aerobic
  • Fewer Expensive Pump-Outs

Inside Your Healthy SEPTIC TANK

The key to success is to maintain a healthy aerobic bacterial population, to ensure that there are high levels of waste digestion.

The Scum Layer – this characterised by a thin bubbly layer. Light organic fatty material float to the surface where the bacteria actively digests the fats, oils and greases into liquid.

The Effluent Layer – in the middle section of your tank will be relatively clear, healthy fluid movement and lots of bacterial activity. As more effluent enters the tank, this watery fluid overflows from the initial chamber in to the next chamber, before again overflowing in to the soakaway. The purer, clearer water outflows ensure minimal effluent enters the soakaway, meaning that there are minimal chances of soakaway blockages and lower effluent discharges to the soil environment.

The Sludge Layer – at the bottom of the tank consists of inorganic material and by-products of bacterial digestion. In healthy tanks the sludge contains very low levels of organic material, resulting in a very much slower build-up, resulting in fewer pump-outs, less chance of soakaway problems, and the peace-of-mind of knowing that nothing’s likely to go wrong.

Emptying tanks is costly and provides no long-term solution, while blocked soakaway outflow drains can cost £££’thousands to replace.



THE magic of microbes

The success of Muck Munchers is based upon a series of carefully selected types of bacteria, similar to those found in our own bodies, that produce enzymes to target 4 different types of waste.

When you add Muck Munchers in to your septic system, no matter whether in old Victorian brick built units or modern bio treatment plants , the microbes will take a day or two to break dormancy and produce their own enzymes. To increase initial wast digestion degradation we also add quantities of starter enzymes too.

The enzymes are simply tools, used by the microbes to cut small pieces out of the larger waste molecules, that are bigger than the microbes. This enables them to digest the small pieces, producing mostly water and CO2.

The key enzymes produced are –

  • Protease – digests proteins
  • Lipase – digests fats, oils and greases (FOG)
  • Cellulase – digests paper and vegetable waste
  • Amylase – digests stares and sugars

The microbes sit on a sodium bicarbonate carrier together with a number of additives, stimulants and micro-nutrients, ensuring rapid microbial development and the depletion of residual chlorine in the system.

Emptying tanks is costly and provides no long-term solution, while blocked soakaway outflow drains can cost £££’thousands to replace.