Q. What is a septic
A. The septic
system is basically an on-site sewage treatment and disposal system.
Q. What is proper maintenance of my
following is reprinted from "The Voice", July/August 1995] Septic
system maintenance means two simple things. First, the sludge
(inorganic matter) that accumulates in the bottom of the tank must
be pumped out periodically. There is no additive that can be
introduced into the septic tank to rid the tank of inorganic sludge
that settles to the bottom of the tank. It must be pumped out! If
not pumped out, it will eventually overflow into the absorption
area, causing it to fail. The second part of the septic system
maintenance involves the bacteria necessary for solids digestion.
Since bacteria killing products of some sort are used in every
household, the bacteria must be replenished. If the bacteria are not
replenished, the septic system will fill up with solid material and
overflow into the absorption area, again causing the system to fail.
Q. Why do I have to add bacteria to
my septic system?
Bacteria must be present in the septic tank to digest the organic
solids. No bacteria, no digestion - it's as simple as that!
Q. Can I use any type of bacteria in
A. If there
is bacteria in your system, you can use enzymes, spore or vegetative
bacterias to boost the bacteria in your system. However, if there is
no bacteria in your system (after pump outs, clean-outs) because of
over use or excessive use of caustic chemicals, etc., you must add
live "facultative" bacteria.
Q. Why must I use a 'Facultative"
bacteria, and what is that?
A. There is no oxygen at the bottom of your
septic tank. Only "facultative" bacteria can adapt to anaerobic
conditions. In simple terms, the "facultative" bacteria become
bacteria that will thrive in situations where there is no air.
Q. My professional septic pumper
recommended that I use PRO-PUMP, the 100% liquid-live facultative
bacterial culture - why should I add more bacteria to the problems
that I already have?
Having the right bacteria is an essential part of the solution.
Before and after a required pump-out, it is essential that
sufficient bacteria be present within your system - to properly
digest and liquefy the organic wastes in your septic tank or
Q. Is PRO-PUMP
Absolutely not! It is non-toxic, non-pathogenic and is completely
harmless to man, animal, marine and plant life. It is 100% safe to
Q. What will PRO-PUMP do for
A. With the
application of PRO-PUMP, we introduce nature's biological process
back into your present system's biological imbalance. This will
result once again in the proper biological balance you used to have
- AND NEED TO HAVE NOW!
Q. Can you be more specific?
A. Sure. PRO-PUMP
liquefies organic wastes and suspended solids. This facilitates
drainage of the liquid into the subsoil. At the same time odors will
be substantially reduced.
Q. When should I start my
application of PRO-PUMP?
A. Anytime... and especially when your
professional septic pumper gives you his O.K. The powerful but 100%
safe bacteria contained in PRO-PUMP will begin immediately to attack
the solids within your system.
Q. How will I know PRO-PUMP is
simply. PRO-PUMP will enter and colonize the lateral lines and
holding tanks, keeping them open and functioning.
Q. Is PRO-PUMP difficult to
A. Quite the
contrary. It is very simple to use. Unlike many other products that
usually have to be mixed with water before being applied - PRO-PUMP
needs only to be shaken in the jug and can be applied immediately.
Q. Why must I use a larger amount
of the product on a purge application? How often will I be doing
A. We recommend
that if a system has any history of failure, that you purge the
system in the first 2 months by using 1 quart of PRO-PUMP every
week. Once you notice improvement, spread maintenance dosages to
once a month. Then use PRO-PUMP once every 6 months.
Q. Where is PRO-PUMP
septic professional will add PRO-PUMP directly into the system. He
will go directly to the area he thinks the bacteria will be needed
most. It might be in a hard to reach outside area, or simply poured
directly into the toilet. It's up to his assessment of your
individual needs where to apply the PRO-PUMP.
Q. I have no capacity in my system.
What can I expect PRO-PUMP to do?
A. After the professional pump-out, use the
recommended purge disposal as above. Total success does not happen
overnight, just as the problem did not develop overnight. You must
have a degree of patience - the product will always work, but in
systems that have failed, it takes 90 days for the bacteria to work
its way into the drainfields.
Q. Why does the product have a
sulfur odor when first applied?
A. That is because it is 100% natural! This
should not be looked upon as a problem, as the odors quickly
disappear upon reapplication.
Q. Do you add coloring to PRO-PUMP,
because it has a rich purple cast in the jug?
A. PRO-PUMP does not contain any
masking agent or artificial coloring. The bacteria cultures are from
the Thiobacillus purple sulfur group - again, 100% natural!
Q. Can you name some of the types
of home-care products used today that impede the bacteria that are
necessary for adequate and proper septic operation?
A. Some examples of the "culprit'
products are: excess acids, antiseptics, bleach, caustic drain
openers, cleaning compounds, chlorine materials, disinfectants,
lotions, medicinal residue, polishes, sink & tub cleaners and
Q. Will common home-care products
such as soap and detergents harm the effectiveness of
modern home uses a myriad of cleaning products; all of them have
some effect on your septic system. The bacterial cultures in
PRO-PUMP are resistant to many of these products and will actually
break them down to harmless by-products. Overloading your system
with these products will require a lengthier period of time for
PRO-PUMP to degrade these materials. Common sense and following
manufacturer's dosages will save you money and extend the useful
life of PRO-PUMP in your system.
Q. Will PRO-PUMP go bad if I don't
use it right away?
No it will not go bad; this special formula we have developed has an
excellent shelf-life. The bacteria have been trained (so to speak)
to lie dormant in the jug, and will become 100% active once they are
introduced into an organic waste environment.
Q. My drain field is blocked with
solids, should I consider a new drain field?
A. Only as a last resort and only
on the recommendation of your professional pumper. A 2 gallon purge
of PRO-PUMP and the addition of 1 quart, once every 6 months should
help to reverse the clogging. However, it's up to you to start a
maintenance program and to keep a watchful eye for the warning signs
of septic system failure.