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Infiltrator Quick4 Plus leach field chambers - Colorado delivery only

Infiltrator® is the original and remains by far the most dependable septic leach field chamber system. Infiltrator Quick4 Plus™ series chambers are high-density polyethylene arches that interlock to form a continuous drainage area with a much greater storage capacity 'surge' volume than pipe-in-gravel leach fields. Sewage is given plenty of oxygen and lots of time to percolate overnight. Better sewage treatment results in less bio-mat formation and ensures ultimate system longevity. Chambers are largely immune to root infiltration problems. Local building departments commonly provide up to 30% leach field size reduction for chamber designs versus perforated pipe-in-gravel leach field. We do not sell those lighter weight Arc chambers or any of the inferior off-brands. We only sell the heavier-duty Infiltrator Quick4 Plus chambers which have an H-10 load rating at 16,000 pounds per axle, given at least one foot of machine compacted cover. You should never drive over any leach field, but Plus series chambers will handle an occasional load when driven across like train tracks. Infiltrator Septic Tanks are also available for free delivery with leach field chambers.

Delivery is FREE with minimum order, by company truck within about a 50 mile radius of central Denver. We do not motor freight ship Infiltrator outside of our delivery radius, which is North to Fort Collins and Greeley, South to Franktown and Monument, East to Deer Trail and Tampa, West to Georgetown and Silver Plume, and SouthWest to Bailey and Conifer. Clients outside this delivery radius can will-call pick up in person at our central Denver area warehouse with a pre-paid order. Outside Colorado, contact the manufacturer directly at InfiltratorWater.com or [email protected] or 800-221-4436.

Infiltrator chambers can be installed in a curved trench
Quick4 chamber leach field products by Infiltrator systems

Plus Series is the updated Infiltrator Quick4 with solid support legs that also serve as pipe mounting brackets. We do not sell the less sturdy Arc Series or the original Quick4 Series chambers. Plus Series chambers offer maximum strength through their two center structural support columns. Standard chambers are 12 inch tall by 34 inch wide for installation in a 36 inch wide trench and offer advanced curved run capability with Contour Swivel Connection™ that permits turns up to 10 degrees, right or left, in 4 foot lengths. There is a 47 gallon initial surge volume capacity per Standard Series 12 inch tall chamber and 54 gallons for their HC high-capacity at 14 inch tall. Infiltrator Quick4 Plus Standard chambers weigh about 13 pounds each and a full pallet of 85 chambers is 7 foot 6 inch tall.

No shopping cart for Infiltrator parts since we do not ship outside of Colorado.
Will-call pick up in person central Denver & free delivery within ~50 mile radius.
5% cash discount for bank cashier's check, wire transfer, or Postal money orders.

Infiltrator products are out-of-stock due to chemical supply-chain issues.
Production has been too erratic this year to accurately estimate arrival date.
You can email us with parts list, shipping address, and telephone number,
but given the number of clients in this queue, we are not taking backorders.
Chances are it will be mid-November before Infiltrator chambers are in stock.

Infiltrator Quick4 Plus Standard are 12" tall by 34" wide by 52" long (48" assembled)
Standard model chamber is used for 99% of all septic system leach bed and field designs
$30 each for All-In-One 12 Multiport endcaps and $27 for the Equalizer and Low-Profile 
Endcap can be placed mid-trench to center feed instead of inlet at the end of chamber row

Quick4 Plus High-Capacity 14" tall by 34" by 52" are $17 more than Quantity Price above
HC are rarely specified by engineers given only 15% (7 gallon) additional storage capacity
Quick4 Equalizer 36 are 22" wide by 12" tall by 52" and $3 less than price shown above
Equalizers are not a common choice since excavators rarely prefer two foot wide trenches
Quick4 Plus Low-Profile 8" tall by 34" by 52" are $2 less than standard 12" tall chamber
Low-Profile is only specified when amenable soil is very shallow below chamber trenches
Quick4 H-20 High-Capacity 16" tall by 34" by 52" are special order and take a few weeks 
H-20 is rarely specified since building codes never allow for driving over a septic leach field

$49 for 7-Hole Distribution Box and $59 for 9-hole Distribution Box (free plugs and seals)
must specify number of trenches and type of four inch diameter pipe being used: either SDR35 or Sch40
$22 for 6" tall D-box risers(7-hole box) brings lid to ground level & $2 for speed levelers

Pipe and individual fittings are much less expensive to buy at HomeDepot or Lowes
Our PVC distributors are currently limiting availability, making spot pricing extremely volatile
If you cannot find some pipe or unique fittings, we can source for you with a system purchase

For an invoice and credit card payment link, email [email protected] or fax 720-293-1705 with parts list. We offer a 5% cash discount for payment with bank wire transfer, cashier's check, or US Postal money orders. Parts list must include the type of pipe being used (Sch40 or SDR35) for distribution box, plus number and size of manway risers if you are getting a tank. Provide billing and shipping address and best telephone number for driver to use in-route. We can normally schedule an AM or PM delivery with at least three days advance notice, weather permitting. You must be on site for delivery and provide the driver with assistance unloading merchandise. For septic tank (not chambers only) you must have tow chains (or straps) and a backhoe (or similar machinery with 9-1/2 foot reach) with an operator on-site to off-load the 300 to 500 pound tank using its installed lifting ropes. Infiltrator Septic Tanks are available for free delivery with leach field chambers.

All installation tips detailed here apply equally to conventional perforated pipe-in-gravel leach fields. The same principles apply, with chambers getting up to 30% field size reduction. Whatever your Individual Sewage Disposal System ISDS permit site plan specifies is perfectly adequate minimum acceptable standards. But off-the-shelf septic system designs rarely offer any choices to expedite construction, increase leach field longevity, anticipate repair and improve resale value. Any changes you make to a permitted site plan must be annotated on the primary builder's copy and confirmed in writing with the local building department well before installation. Avoid springing changes on your county health inspector when they arrive for site visit and inspection. We encourage clients to mail copies of their septic system plans for our free review with purchase of a system. But understand that The Natural Home is not an engineering firm; we do not provide any engineering services, soil testing or on-site work.

Infiltrator Quick4 Plus standard chamber and all-iin-one end cap dimensions

Installation involves digging a series of three foot wide trenches, or single large rectangular 'bed', connecting the Infiltrator chambers and then back-filling with existing soil. As a general rule, trenches 'fingers' should be no longer than fifty feet (12 or 13 Infiltrators long) for best function and most even effluent distribution. Unless you are installing as a "bed" system (where the chambers are right next to each other), leave at least six feet of undisturbed soil between fingers. In practice, this six feet of undisturbed soil between trenches becomes eight feet or more since you don't want to compact the soil above the Infiltrators; one should allow at least the width of the backhoe between trenches. And don't forget to loosen the soil twelve inches below bottom of the trench (scarify) before installing the Infiltrators leach chambers. The worst mistake you can make is to compact (smear) the soil in bottom of a leach field trench. You want to be sure to loosen 'scarify' the soil to allow for proper percolation of effluent. No gravel is needed, but gravel is always an upgrade option to aid treatment and longevity in any soil.Geotextile soil fabric atop chambers is not absolutely necessary. but in sandy or silty soil, geofabric is recommended for the sake of longevity to cover the tops to keep soil from migrating into the chambers.

Infiltrator septic chamber advanced longevity leach field installation versus old-fashioned pipe in gravel 

Infiltrator Plus series chambers are far superior to pipe-in-gravel in every aspect: smaller leach field size due to optimal percolation, large 47 gallon storage capacity per chamber, root infiltration protection for long term viability, and resistance to traffic with 16,000 pounds per axle load rating, given at least one foot of cover. There is an H-20 traffic load rated Infiltrator chamber available that can handle 32,000 pounds per axle with at least 18 inches of compacted 'road base' soil above. But mind you, driving over the top of any leach field is not recommended and may not be allowed by local building codes. When traffic is necessary, always drive perpendicular from the side, not down the length or even a load-rated chamber could collapse. Traffic rating is per axle, not per tire, assuming both tires hit at the same time. Maximum acceptable burial depth for Quick4 Plus chambers is determined by local site, soil, and groundwater conditions. Local building code and/or engineer dictates the maximum allowable depth, usually at about 3 feet to the top of the chamber. The manufacturer does not address maximum engineering depth other than to suggest no more than 8 feet to the top of the chamber.

There is no accurate method to estimate how many Infiltrator chambers are required without digging test pits in area of leach field. A percolation test performed at depth of leach field can approximate soil absorption rate, but only a test pit at least six feet deep will confirm soil composition beneath the leach field, ensuring proper waste treatment is possible in the critical first three feet. Number of chambers is determined with soil/usage equation supplied by local building department which varies from county-to-county, let alone state-to-state. That equation typically takes into account '1.5 engineering factor' which includes 50% extra for long-term viability. A very general 'rule-of-thumb' minimum size is "one square foot per gallon per day" minus up to a 30% reduction for using chambers instead of perforated pipe-in-gravel leach field. But that could be way off, depending upon actual soil percolation rate and estimate of daily usage. Bare minimum usage rate to estimate with is 100 gallons per person per day. Therefore the building department often uses 200 gallons per bedroom per day when sizing residential systems. Each chamber is 12 square feet of base area and 8 square feet of sidewall area. For instance: 2 bedroom home may be calculated locally as 2 x 200 = 400 x 1.5 = 600 gallons per day usage. If you are given credit for sidewall percolation from trench chambers, that is 600 divided by 20 = 30 chambers in well percolating soils. More conservative approach (less well percolating soils) would be to estimate using only the base area of trench: 600 divided by 12 = 50 chambers. There is a huge difference between what is 'possible' to percolate daily and what is best for sewage treatment to prevent contamination of groundwater. The larger the leach field, the better the treatment of wastewater. This is a critical factor when there is a well drilled within 200 feet of leach field location and/or you have seasonally high groundwater present that could prevent proper treatment of sewage.

do it yourself septic leach field design tips and rules of thumb

*  Keep all livestock and vehicles OFF absorption field area before and after
*  Strip all topsoil from atop components and stockpile for revegetation later
*  Limit field runs to +/- 12 or 13 chambers which is about 50 feet total length
*  Always bring effluent pipe in top of chamber end cap, never into the bottom
*  Install large granite or durable ceramic tile underneath inlet for splash plate
*  Always ventilate the ends of every leach field pipe run or set of chambers
*  Loosen 'scarify' soil at least one foot in base of trench before backfilling
*  Add gravel into base of trench and atop chambers to improve longevity
*  Geotextile fabric prevents soil intrusion into gravel from above & sides
*  Never install geofabric in the bottom of any trench or septic leach field
*  Septic tank up to 10 feet away and leach fields 20+ feet from foundation
*  Leach field, especially pipe-in-gravel, should be 20+ feet away from trees
*  Never plant bushes or deep-rooting fescue, dichondra, brome, or rye atop
*  Never drive over a septic tank or leach field - chambers perpendicular only

All 'gravel-less' leach field chamber system brands function by the same set of physical limitations, regardless of marketing claims. Installation tips are not required, but there are always 'good, better, best' methods of approaching any construction project. 'Good enough' with chambers is digging a level trench and backfilling atop with native soil. 'Better' is to scarify (loosen and rake) the soil in base of trench to a depth of at least one foot before installing chambers. 'Best practice' is adding a 6 to 8 inch layer of crushed gravel to scarified soil to ensure long-term percolation and best sewage treatment. Some engineers go one step further and lay 2 inch diameter perforated pressurized distribution pipe in the top of chambers with 1/4 inch diameter holes every 2 foot facing upwards to ensure equal effluent introduction throughout the trench. This only works with a lift station 'dosing tank' to send a couple hundred gallons of effluent out at one time. Non-pressurized (no pump or dosing tank) systems do not benefit from distribution pipe since the larger 1/2 inch diameter holes must face downwards and effluent rarely reaches the end of even a short run of chambers. When specified, non-pressurized systems strap 4 inch perforated pipe either side of the structural columns found on Quick4 Plus design. It is not recommended to run distribution pipe along the base of the trench since that area can be flooded at times should percolation rate be slow. Several inches of gravel atop chambers with a layer of geotextile fabric on top and sides is common practice in sandy or silty soils. Best practice is to limit trench lengths to about 50 foot (12 to 13 four foot long chambers) for full trench saturation and best treatment of effluent.

Do-it-yourself infiltrator chamber leach field sewage disposal system conventional bed-style layout details

Always vent the ends of each chamber run to ensure healthy air flow through system. Inspection port at end of each run must be drilled with holes to provide venting. Air is pulled through the chambers and out the plumbing vent atop roof of house. Fresh air and healthy soil are critical for long-term viability of leach fields. Standard ventilation specification is 1/8" diameter holes drilled at least one every square inch for at least eight inches above finish grade and capped. Larger holes are discouraged to prevent insects from nesting in the vent port. By allowing air to draft through chambers, you provide oxygen to an otherwise sealed cavity. Encouraging aerobic (oxygen-based) bacteria to prosper inside the leach field helps keep soil healthy and limits the growth of bio-mat anaerobic (no-oxygen) build-up from septic effluent particulates. Bio-mat formation is what eventually clogs soil, stops percolation, and causes leach fields to fail.

Take with a grain of salt, any claims of "superior" systems such as the Eljen GSF 'geotextile sand filter' with passive advanced treatment technology. In our experience, clients very rarely concern themselves with more effective treatment of wastewater, but rather the ultimate longevity of their leach field. Chamber systems have the major advantage of a very large surge volume, something niche systems like the Eljen GSF geotextile sand filter do not offer. In the long run, having a larger retention area for daily surge potential is what keeps a leach field from failing, not shiny bells and whistles. We recommend installing the largest septic tank possible for optimal settling and filtration before wastewater reaches the leach field rather than investing in wastewater treatment gimmicks. Don't even consider Easy Flow 'engineered drain systems' which combine corrugated slotted pipe wrapped with geotextile fabric and expanded polystyrene aggregate (packing peanuts) held in place with a netting wrap. These are fine for a French drain, but not when used in a septic system leach field. Easy Flow longevity is terrible given the accumulation of bio-mat inside the pipe and against the geofabric wrapping. They are an absolute nightmare should the contaminated pipe and packing peanuts ever have to be removed. Worst job ever.  

Concerning the use of Sch40, SDR35, or ASTM 3034 pipe in septic systems, you cannot go wrong using Sch40 pipe since it is sure to meet or exceed any local building department regulations. Generally speaking, Sch40 is only required for pressurized water systems. SDR35 pipe with 3034 fittings is adequate for wastewater systems outside the home foundation. One should never drive over any pipe, but if you may be forced to at some point, always 'sleeve' the four inch pipe inside outer six inch Sch40 or Sch60 pipe. Always bed ALL pipe in ~6 inches of 3/4 inch crushed gravel to maintain level since it will not compact and helps prevent cold climate frost issues. 'Best practice' is first connection (joint) at effluent pipe coming out of foundation be made with rubber boot coupler. Common mistake is solvent welding that first joint with a hard fitting and not bedding pipe. Should the newly installed pipe run settle, a rubber boot coupler will adapt, unlike solvent welded joint. Please note you can never be certain what local building department deems 'acceptable' without previous experience excavating projects in that specific county. Always be very specific with all site plan details submitted for permit.

"Are we allowed to install this septic system on our property" or "how many chambers do we need" are not questions we can answer for you. We have been providing much the septic system parts for over twenty five years now, but we do not follow constantly changing city, county, and state building regulations. Unfortunately, with over 3000 counties in the United States, regulations changing from year-to-year, and interpretations of those rules varying from one inspector to another (and one engineer to the next), it's never possible to say for certain 'what is allowed' locally. Your local county building department is your primary source of information on what is possible to install according to local regulations. Rather than telephone them with questions, you should drive over in person and get a copy of your local Individual Sewage Disposal System ISDS Regulations and a list of locally licensed soil engineers. You don't need an engineer to sketch a site plan onto a copy of your property survey. Show the exact location of every physical feature in relation to property lines. House, driveway, septic tank, settling tank, leach field or pit, well, ditches, and neighboring wells and ditches. The building department will then confirm or revise your site plan after being submitted for approval. Often the county inspector will assist you with site plans and design as a service provided for their permit filing fee. If not, they will refer you to a local engineering firm that can visit your property and design ('stamp') the site plans for permit application. We encourage clients to mail copies of their septic system plans for our free review with purchase of a system. But understand that The Natural Home is not an engineering firm; we do not provide any engineering services, soil testing or on-site work.


Flow director diverter valve tee very accurately splits septic tank effluent 50/50 or can direct 100% in only one direction. Not made for pressurized systems.

Flow director splitter valve comes complete with adjustment handle, riser, coupler, and four inch threaded access cap. Special staggered hub fittings on the ‘versa-tee’ accommodate PVC or ABS pipe in 4 inch diameter in both Sch40 or thin wall SDR35 sewer drain pipe. Note there is a two inch drop in elevation from inlet pipe (base of tee) to two outlet pipes (top of tee) where the effluent flow splits. Effluent flow can be accurately split 50/50 evenly between the two outlet pipes OR you can alternate the flow 100% to one side or the other. Distribution boxes and simple tee fittings off-level by as little as 1/8 of an inch will be drastically less than equal 50/50 split. But with director valve, even at 1/8 inch tilt, flow directer delivers relatively equal flows (+/- < 1.3%). Diverter allows one half of your septic system leachfield to go fallow for a few months to revitalize soil, prevent overloading, and reduce the growth of bio-matting. Three director valves will allow splitting flow between four separate leach field lines. Then you have the option of letting 1/4 of leachfield to go dry seasonally. Flow director splitter valve fitting is designed for gravity flow systems only. Internal weir divides the flow, this is not a gate valve. Not for use in dosing systems with lift station pump or automatic siphon, or when attached to smaller than four inch pipe. Use two gate valves and a tee manifold instead of a director valve with pressurized (or siphon) effluent systems. We don't sell gate valves given the extremely wide range of options. Click for flow director splitter valve installation tips. 

Director Valve Kits come as pictured, complete with
four inch threaded access cap, riser pipe, coupler, and
the adjustment handle. Extension of pipe and handle
is easy with common, locally available PVC pipe.

$97 each with FREE UPS Ground shipping service to 48 states. In stock and will ship by the next business day.

Director valve as assembled with kit parts: coupler, riser pipe, and threaded inspection port cap
Director splitter septic valve showing handle kit installed with other kit parts off to one side

Geotextile Fabric - professional duty for use with Infiltrator chambers

While not 'required', it is best practice to place a layer of gravel atop the chambers and cover with geotextile fabric before backfilling atop in sandy and silty soils. This additional step is recommended when soils are loose or sandy and would otherwise tend to wash down into the chambers. The primary place for geotextile fabric is above the gravel layer of your leach field lines, French drain, or drywell leach pit. Additionally, one can line the outside walls/sides of the excavated leach pit or drain lines to keep soil from migrating into the gravel from sides. This sidewall protection is always recommended when soils are loose or sandy and would otherwise tend to wash soil into the gravel. Geotextile fabric is also used for wrapping perforated pipe-in-gravel French drains, as pictured at right, with fabric on the bottom of trench too. French drains are wrapped like a burrito, unlike septic leach field chambers where the fabric is on the top and sides only. Protecting your leach chambers and perforated pipe gravel from soil and root infiltration is crucial to long-term prevention of leach field failure.

Never install plastic 'visquene' sheeting or cheap non-woven 'weed barrier' landscaping fabric in place of professional grade heavy-duty woven geotextile fabric for septic system leach fields, drywell pits, French drains, or soil stabilization in foundation drainage projects. Besides longevity, the problem with using visquene plastic sheeting or cheap weed barrier non-woven materials, is they suffocate the soil, ultimately causing anaerobic soil conditions, biomat formation, root rot, and molding issues. Plastic sheeting becomes brittle and tears within a few years and the adhesive bond holding non-woven weed-barrier fabric together eventually decomposes, slipping, ripping and tearing, and allowing sand and soil to migrate into the gravel drainage layer of leach field or French drain. Invest in our professional grade woven geotextile fabric with a full 35 mil thickness and extra heavy-duty five ounce per square yard weight. Built for a lifetime of service, this is one of the only 'hydrophilic treated' materials on the market, with needle punched, multi-layer woven polypropylene design technology that lets air, water, and nutrients through, but keeps the soil out. Hydrophilic fabrics are critical in septic and greywater leach fields where oxygen penetrating into the soil is vital for long-term performance and protection against soil percolation failure. Unlike most fabrics, it features a very functional 'fuzzy' side that lays down against the soil to prevent slippage, making it very easy to install on sloped ground. The shiny smooth side has printed stripes every foot on center, full-length, for gauging trench elevations, rock fill levels, or lining up plants. Click for geofabric installation details, and engineering specifications and material MSDS sheetThis professional grade geotextile polypropylene fabric has proven itself over time to be a superior performer, as compared to other '20+ year landscape fabrics'.

3 foot wide by...
30 foot = $48
60 foot = $73
90 foot = $93
120 foot = $113
250 foot = $189

4 foot wide by...
30 foot = $60
60 foot = $93
90 foot = $123
120 foot = $163
250 foot = $259

5 foot wide by...
30 foot = $70
60 foot = $113
90 foot = $153
120 foot = $203
250 foot = $309

6 foot wide by...
30 foot = $80
60 foot = $133
90 foot = $183
120 foot = $243
250 foot = $349

FREE UPS Ground Shipping by the next day
Overnight and 2nd Day Air service not available
Discount 5% for 2 full rolls and 10% for 12+ rolls
Multiple rolls may ship UPS Freight on a pallet

Heaviest-duty 5 ounce per square yard woven geotextile fabric recommended for Infiltrator chambers

We do not sell lighter weight geofabrics. The small increase in air movement is not worth the risk of fabric tearing and allowing soil to infiltrate. In practice, pipe-in-gravel septic leach fields and French drains are always vented at end of each pipe run, so you are not depending solely upon air movement through soil and fabric. Our professional grade, extra heavy-duty 5 ounce per square yard, 12 gal/min/SF, 35 mil rated woven polypropylene geotextile fabric is hydrophilic treated to allow air, water, and nutrients through its needle punched, multi-layer construction. For a quality job, avoid using cheap non-woven weed-barrier landscaping fabric or burlap (jute fiber fabric) or thick layer of straw. Natural fibers and non-woven weed barrier fabrics will mold and rot, eventually falling apart and allowing soil to migrate into the gravel layer. Note French drain trenches install fabric on all four sides, but septic leach fields and drywell pits DO NOT install geotextile fabric on the bottom side of trench or pit. Bio-mat accumulates in the bottom of a septic system, eventually blocking percolation of wastewater.

Built for a lifetime of service, this is one of the few functionally ‘hydrophilic treated’ geofabrics on the market. Needle punched, multi-layer woven polypropylene design which allows air, water, and nutrients to pass through while keeping out soil and sediment. Hydrophilic fabrics are critical in septic and greywater leach fields where oxygen penetrating into the soil is vital for long-term performance and protection against soil percolation failure. Unlike most geotextile fabrics, ours features a very functional ‘fuzzy’ side that lays down against the soil to prevent slippage, making it very easy to install on sloped ground. Fuzzy side facing soil allows fabric to trap and filter soil to better protect inner gravel layer and shiny side facing gravel in trench helps slough off particulates. Plus, shiny smooth side has printed stripes every foot on center, full-length, for gauging trench elevations, rock fill levels, or lining up plants. This professional duty geotextile polypropylene fabric has proven itself over time to be a superior lifetime performer, as compared to lesser ’20+ year landscape fabrics’.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to have a septic tank pumped?

The average national cost of septic tank pumping and cleaning is $381, with most homeowners spending between $284 and $504.

What is the average price for a new septic tank?

National average costs range from $500 to 5,000 . The national average costs for a septic tank installation or to replace aging septic system depend on several factors. One in five homes in the United States relies on a septic system for wastewater management, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

What to expect during septic tank pumping?

What Should You Expect During a Septic Tank Pumping?

  • Finding the Tank's Access Point. The first step is locating your septic tank's access point. ...
  • Pumping the Tank. Following that, the pumper then carefully lowers the vacuum hose inside the manhole. ...
  • Thoroughly Inspecting the Tank. ...
  • Everyday Maintenance. ...
  • Reducing the Workload for the Septic System. ...
  • Final Thought. ...

Does your septic tank need pumping?

Septic tanks require pump-outs when the solids that accumulate in the tank begin to reach the tank’s storage capacity. The tank should be pumped when total solid accumulation is between 30% and 50% of the total capacity. We recommend pumping your septic tank every 3-5 years, more often if you have a garbage disposal.

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What Size Septic Tank Do I Need

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For this article, we will be discussing underground septic tanks, and size refers to the septic tank’s total volume handling capacity. See our article on above ground septic tanks for more information on these tanks and systems.

The requirements for minimum septic tank capacity depend on several factors. State, county and/or city guidelines can mandate approved sizes as well as tank material and placement. The soil conditions and regional geography have a large role in system effectiveness, which can impact drain field size and septic tank size. Whether the septic tank is intended for residential or commercial use will affect septic tank size per regulations; here we discuss home use. The specific septic tank system in place or that will be installed can also change the needed tank size.

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In short, the size of septic tank needed will depend on: (1) the specific septic system type; (2) local government regulations; (3) suitability of the ground geology, and (4) the expected volume of wastewater based on size of the home.

Contrary to some belief, polyethylene (i.e. plastic) septic tanks make excellent choices for modern septic tank systems. Plastic septic tanks are much more resistant to cracking versus concrete septic tanks. Also, plastic septic tanks will not rust, are weatherproof, watertight, cheaper, lightweight, are easier to install and, if installed correctly, will not float.

1) The Specific Septic System Type

There are 7 types of septic tank systems and the tank size needed may vary by the specific system you plan to use. An overview of each system type and their size requirements are beyond the scope of this article. Here, when referring to system type, we mean conventional, gravity-fed anaerobic septic systems. The anaerobic septic system is the most common and the one that most visualize when they think of a septic tank.

The 7 common types of septic systems are listed below, and new polyethylene septic tanks can be used in most, if not all, of these systems that require a tank:

  1. Conventional, Gravity-Fed, Anaerobic System
  2. Above Ground Septic System
  3. Pressure System
  4. Aerobic System
  5. Mound System
  6. Recirculating Sand or Gravel Filter System
  7. Bottomless Sand Filter System

If your septic tank system is anything but a conventional, anaerobic system, the guidelines in this article may not fully apply.

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2) Local Government Regulations

Local government regulations for septic tanks vary widely across the United States. This is due to the vastly different soil geographies and water features that change by state and can even sometimes change by a few miles. This is why checking with local government regulations is such a key factor when finding the right septic tank size and the right location on the property for installation.

For an example and an informational overview of codes, rules, regulations often put forth by governing departments, as well as common terminology and definitions, review the Wastewater Treatment Standards – Residential Onsite Systems document from the New York State Department of Health

3) Suitability of the Ground Geology

The underground soil type has a key role in system effectiveness and therefore septic tank size. This point is heavily related to local government regulations. It is tied into the requirements and recommendations of a designated department that oversees septic tank installations, often the department of health. To find how suitable the ground is for a septic tank system, a certified professional must come out to the proposed installation area to perform certain tests. The most common test is a soil percolation evaluation, often referred to as the perc test. A perc test will determine how viable the underground soil is to properly handle and filter septic tank effluent.

Scheduling for these local ground geology tests can be the responsibility of the contractor installing the septic tank or the landowner. If you are installing a septic tank yourself, it will be your responsibility to contact your local oversight department to come perform perc tests and/or ground area evaluation. The results of the analysis and tests will decide if the desired location is acceptable and whether a specific septic tank system or size will be necessary.

4) The Expected Volume of Wastewater

The most important point to determine what size septic tank is needed is the average volume of wastewater that will be produced for the septic tank to handle. In a septic system only residence, all wastewater ends up at the septic tank unless a separate system for handling greywater is in place. Much research has gone into calculating and approximating these values for residential homes, commercial structures, and facilities. Most governmental recommendations for the smallest septic tank capacity in home use is based on the number of bedrooms in the house.

The recommendation for home use is a 1000 gallon septic tank as a starting point. The 1000 gallon size tank is a minimum and *can be suitable for a 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom house. Some recommendations say to add an extra 250 gallons of septic tank capacity for each bedroom over 3 bedrooms. Additional fixtures above the norm can also increase the tank and/or drain field size required; examples include large volume bathtubs, laundry sinks, bidets, double toilets, etc. This is often when considered collectively for the whole household rather than individually.

*As indicated throughout this article, septic tank size recommendations are highly variable based on where you live, local government standards, underground soil type, house size and how much wastewater your specific home is expected to produce.

Minimum Septic Tank Capacity Table

See the following table for details on Minimum Septic Tank Capacity based on the number of residential bedrooms:

Number of BedroomsMinimum Septic Tank SizeMinimum Liquid Surface AreaDrainfield Size
2 or less1000 – 1500 Gallons27 Sq. Ft.800 – 2500 Sq. Ft.
31000 – 2000 Gallons27 Sq. Ft.1000 – 2880 Sq. Ft.
41250 – 2500 Gallons34 Sq. Ft.1200 – 3200 Sq. Ft.
51500 – 3000 Gallons40 Sq. Ft.1600 – 3400 Sq. Ft.
61750 – 3500 Gallons47 Sq. Ft.2000 – 3800 Sq. Ft.

Note the following regarding the table above:

  • Minimum Liquid Surface Area, from the State of New York, refers to the surface area provided for the liquid by the tank’s width by length dimensions.
  • Drainfield Size range is dependent on soil type. The drainfield recommendations given above are provided by the State of Michigan and can vary significantly based on local guidelines and area geography.

Additional Thought: Can a Septic Tank Be Too Big?

Without considering cost, a good question may be: “Can a septic tank be too big?”. The answer is no. As long as the septic tank is installed correctly, a septic tank cannot be too big, it can only be too small. By most recommendations, installing a larger size septic tank is often the safer, more preferred option. The reasons for this are:

  1. A larger septic tank can accommodate for home usage fluctuations, such as with parties or long-term guests.
  2. A larger septic tank can keep you from having to install a new tank if your family size increases or plan to make additions to your home such as extra bedrooms, bathrooms, plumbing fixtures, etc.

Takeaways | What Size Septic Tank Do I Need

The septic tank size recommendations presented here are recommendations only. They are based on compiled information from government and academic research. The exact septic tank size you need will vary on the variables outlined in this article. There is not a “one-size-fits-all” answer to the septic tank size for your specific home. There is a lot of variance based on where you live. Using the provided Minimum Septic Tank Capacity Table can give general insight into the septic tank and system size that may be best suited to your application and help estimate costs.

To find what size septic tank you need, know the size of your home and water-using features installed, then inquire with local government. Always check and verify with your state, city or local county’s department assigned to handle septic tanks, soil tests, and approvals prior to starting any septic tank installation job. This is often your local department of health.

If looking for a chart of tank sizes, check out our post on available septic tank volumes and size dimensions.

National Tank Outlet offers a wide selection of underground polyethylene septic tanks in both single chamber and double chamber in various styles, configurations and volumes.

For more information on conventional septic systems, consider this article from Texas A&M University for an overview of onsite wastewater treatment systems.

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Effects of Other Chemicals Flushed Into a Septic Systems

Used motor oil stored for recycling - Canyon Auto Tucson (C) Daniel Friedman

List of other chemicals & substances that we have seen dumped into septic systems and in one case, into a well - don't do this!Do not use septic tanks, wells, even abandoned wells and septic tanks to dispose of chemicals.

  • Chemicals, Oils, Paints: Do not flush these chemicals into the septic system in any quantity:
    • Furniture polish
    • Lye, NaOh, Sodium Hydroxide, caustic soda, drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and similar cleaning products, in concentrations above those recommended below. See LYE in SEPTIC SYSTEMS for details
    • Oils such as used motor oil or unwanted cooking oil - photo , courtesy Canyon Auto, Tucson AZ.
    • Paints of any kind, latex, oil, alkyd, acrylic, water-based
    • Pesticides
    • Photo chemicals
    • Thinners (such as paint thinner)
    • Varnishes
  • Antibiotics and Septic Systems: Normal use of antibiotics by occupants in a one or two family residence with a septic system will not harm the septic tank or fields.

    High levels of discharge of antibiotics in urine and body waste from many building occupants using such drugs, such as at a nursing home with 50 residents and an onsite septic system, can kill bacteria in the septic tank and leach field and thus may indeed be a problem for such facilities.

    See DRUGS INTO the SEPTIC TANK? for details.
  • De-Greasing Chemicals: industrial oil and grease removing chemicals are harmful while drain maintenance chemicals intended to dissolve grease may be harmless or in some cases helpful.

    Details are in our septic tank chemicals article in this section:

  • Dishwasher detergents: 

    see DISHWASHER & LAUNDRY DETERGENTS CONTAINING PHOSPHATES & SURFACTANTS for a discussion of the effects of phosphates & detergents on the environment.
  • Disinfectants, antimicrobials, including pine cleaners, bathroom and kitchen cleaners, quaternary ammonium compounds, liquid bleaches, sodium hypochlorite.
  • Drain cleaners - See LYE in SEPTIC SYSTEMS
  • Heavy metals - products that will expend heavy metals into the septic tank and soils around the drainfield include copper and lead leaching from copper water supply pipes and building drains where the water supply is aggressive or corrosive.

    In addition to copper from pipes, cadmium, chromium, silver, and zinc are found in small amounts in personal care products and soaps, and in larger quantities in paints and some cleaners.
  • Hydrochloric acid HCL poured into a well: a reader explained that his plumber poured several gallons of pure HCL into the well to attempt to free a pump that seemed to be stuck in the well casing.

    The plumber eventually got the pump free - we're not sure the hydrochloric acid was what did the trick - the pump may have been stuck at the pitless adapter which protrudes into the well casing.

    In any case the plumber has contaminated the well and worse, probably s/he has contaminated the local aquifer with a toxic chemical. We were left with no advice but to hope that dilution will eventually reduce the effect of this stupid move, and that the owner should test his well water for HCL.

    Since the owner and plumber ran lots of water to "flush out" the well, they've moved at least some of the acid into the owner's septic system and local groundwater where it contaminates the area further.

    Our opinion was that it was probably better to move the HCL as much as possible out of the well by any means rather than contaminate the aquifer for this well and perhaps for the neighbors.
  • Illegal Drug Manufacturing and Septic Systems: Anecdotally we report on a septic system in New York near the Taconic State Parkway was connected to house in which was operated an illegal drug manufacturing operation - perhaps a "meth lab". So much drug-production-related contaminant was flushed down house drains that the workers contaminated their own well and poisoned themselves.
  • Laundry detergents & soaps used in washing machines & dishwashers are discussed separately

  • Lye, Caustic Soda, or Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) in the septic tank: in concentrations above those recommended by Gross (1987) are described here along with concentrations of bleach, Lysol™ and Drano™ or similar products such as Oven Monster™ caustic soda or lye.

    Lye or NaOH is the principal ingredient in many drain cleaners and other cleaning products.

    From the Cornell Cooperative Extension we have this recommended limit on the use of bleach or caustics or drain cleaners in septic systems:

    Maximum daily dosage of selected household Chemicals for a 1,000-gallon septic tank (Gross, 1987)

    • Liquid hypochlorite bleach - 1.3 gallons maximum daily dosage
    • Pine cleaner - 2.5 gallons maximum daily dosage
    • Crystal® drain cleaner - 0.65 ounces maximum daily dosage

      CRYSTAL DRAIN CLEANER Opener® [PDF] , from Roebic, is composed of caustic soda or lye or sodium hydroxide in a dry form. Yet it is described as "safe for septic tanks" in product information provided at Lowes.)

      Watch out: this is an extremely small amount compared to amounts typically used to clear a blocked drain.

      A typical package of Drano® kitchen granules contains 17.6 ounces of granules.

      Drano's instructions recommend using three heaping tablespoons of Drano® Kitchen Granules into a clogged kitchen drain. - source: Drano cited below.

      We cannot directly convert TBSP of Drano® to ounces by weight without direct measurement as it's a dry substance, but 3 Tablespoons is 3 fluid ounces.

      Drano's instructions for using Drano® liquid GEL call for pouring 16 oz. (liquid measure) slowly over the drain, or for complete clogs, using 32 oz. - that is fifty times the recommended maximum daily dose of a typical drain cleaner given by Gross (1987).

      If two days are required to recover from 0.65 ounces of a drain cleaner, a septic tank and drainfield could require well over a month of usage to recover from the much higher "dose" described here.

      Therefore frequent use of caustic drain cleaners appears to risk significant harm to a septic system.


    Caustic soda or lye at high levels in a septic tank risks killing the bacteria needed to break down sewage pathogens both in the tank itself and also in the soil into which the septic tank effluent is discharged.

    Occasional use, perhaps once a month, of a 15% caustic soda solution in amounts of a gallon or less, is not likely to harm the septic system, based on this calculation using Powell's online caustic soda dilution calculator [ https://www.powellfab.com/ ]

    0.3 gallons of 15wt diluted sodium hydroxide + 0.8 gallons of water produces what the industry considers "dilute sodium hydroxide solution" such as might be used for grill cleaning.

    If, then, one gallon of dilute sodium hydroxide enters a 1000 gallon septic tank (for example, as you don't give your septic tank size) the sodium hydroxide is further diluted by the 1000 gallons of sewage in the tank. Well almost.

    If we figure that an in-use septic tank contains solid sludge, floating scum, and a remaining liquid volume, we can figure that your cleaning product is being initially diluted into about 750 gallons of wastewater.

    If we figure that a typical septic tank is receiving no less than another 250 gallons of wastewater each day, at the end of day 1 a cleaning solution such as Oven Monster® used to clean ovens has been diluted at a rate of 1000:1 with wastewater - that's quite dilute.

    Over the next four days that lye dilution is doubled. Over two weeks the lye or caustic soda dilution is multiplied by roughly 7-10 times.

    Watch out: The companies producing Drano kitchen granules® and Roebic's Crystal Drain Opener® provide instructions and assert that their products are safe for septic systems.

    HOWEVER if larger amounts of concentrated or diluted sodiuim hydroxide or NaOH or Lye is entering a septic system will indeed kill the necessary bacteria and is likely to contaminate the surrounding environment as well.


    Gross, Mark A. "Assessment of the effects of household chemicals upon individual septic tank performances." (1987).

    A laboratory study and a field study were performed to determine the amounts of specific household chemicals required to destroy bacteria populations in individual domestic septic tanks. The particular chemicals evaluated include liquid chlorine bleach, High Test Hypochlorite (HTH), Lysol disinfectant and Drano crystal.

    The laboratory study was performed to determine the approximate chemical concentrations to destroy the bacteria in the septic tank, and the field study showed the actual effect of the chemicals upon the bacteria in terms of reduction of the number of bacteria in the septic tank as well as the time required for the bacterial population to recover.

    A liquid bleach concentration of 1.85 ml/l destroyed the bacteria in the septic tanks.

    This corresponds to 7 liters (1.85 gallons) of liquid bleach in a 3780 liter (1000 gallon) septic tank. After addition of chlorine bleach, and within approximately 30 hours of normal septic system usage, the bacterial population had recovered to its original concentration.

    A Lysol concentration of 5.0 ml/l destroyed the bacteria in the domestic tanks. This corresponds to 19 liters (5.0 gallons) of Lysol in a 3780 (1000 gallon) septic tank. Following the addition of Lysol, the bacteria population recovered to its original concentration within approximately 60 hours (2.5 days).

    A Drano concentration of 3.0 mg/l destroys the bacteria in a septic tank.

    This corresponds to 11.3 grams (0.4 ounces) in a 3780 liter (1000 gallon) septic tank. The bacterial population recovers to its original concentration within 48 hours following the addition of the Drano.

    Schwartz, John HJ., Ann t. Lemley, Kalpana Pratrap, HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS and YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM [PDF] (2004), Water Treatment Notes, Cornell Cooperative Extension, produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, retrieved 2018/05/17, original source: waterquality.cce.cornell.edu/publications/CCEWQ-16-HouseholdChemicalsSeptic.pdf in turn derived from Gross (1987) cited above.

    CRYSTAL DRAIN OPENER, Roebic, at Lowes [PDF] product information, retrieved 2018/05/17, original source: https://www.lowes.com/pd /Roebic-Laboratories-Inc-32-oz -Drain-Cleaner-Crystals/ 4751600?cm_ mmc=SCE_PLA-_- Paint-_-DrainCleaning-_-4751600: Roebic_Laboratories,_Inc. &CAWELAID=&kpid=4751600&CAGPSPN =pla&store_code=2326&k_ clickID= fba39466-b15b-4d0c- a6bd-a382b48b16 e2&gclid =Cj0KCQ jw0PTXBRCGARIs AKNYfG2jk3 puXQIw3vAj2 MRtyt87Xe6 Euv33Sj6ald EpaUWD wVhfe4e wU-UaAp84EAL w_wcB

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  • Motor oil poured into a drinking well: at a home inspection we discovered two well casings near a driveway. One was a well that was in-use providing water to the home.

    We noticed that the other casing was un-capped and asked the property owner what was up. He explained that he did a lot of work on his own cars and trucks, and that when he changed the oil, he figured that a great way to dispose of unwanted motor oil was to dump it into the old un-used well.

    Do not dump motor oil into your well. You'll contaminate the local aquifer. Used motor oils contain a number of highly toxic substances such as heavy metals. Take used motor oil to almost any garage or gas station where they are required to dispose of it legally and safely. (They may charge you a small fee.)

    This is a great example of why unused water wells should be abandoned properly, including sealing the well against surface- generated contaminants.
  • Pesticides and Septic Systems: people who need to dispose of un-used pesticides should not put them in building drains or toilets. In the U.S. contact your state department of environment or local health department to find the nearest local hazardous waste disposal station where you can usually drop off unwanted chemicals, paint, etc., often at no charge.
  • Solvents, such as paint thinner, nail polish remover, degreasers and in some septic tank treatments or additive products.

  • Subtle phthalates contamination of groundwater and wells from phthalates: in a compelling article in the New York Times in July 2009 Nicholas D. Kristof reported on the possible hazards of phthalates, chemicals that can leach into their contents and thence into the environment from some plastic food or water containers, or even toys.

    While we have not found any research whatsoever that tests for the appearance of pthalates in septic systems and the ground water into which septic effluent ultimately appears, we recommend prudent avoidance of phthalate containing plastics for foods or beverages.

    Mr. Kristof pointed out that "These are ubiquitous in modern life ... -- and many scientists have linked them to everything from sexual deformities in babies to obesity and diabetes."

    Readers interested in the subtle but powerful effects of hormone mimicking chemicals and endocrine disruptors that appear in the environment, their sources, effects, and risks, should also see

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Interesting Questions & Answers about Spilling Chemicals & Treatments Down Toilets

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Bottom line: No. A review of the company's description of the product and some basic reasoning argues that there is no effect on a septic system.

American Standard says:

EverClean® Surface

American Standard whirlpools with EverClean®, a permanent glaze additive right into the circulation piping to protect the pipes from mold, mildew, algae and fungus that could cause deterioration or staining of the pipes. On toilets the super smooth mirror like EverClean® surface is easier to keep clean, even after years of use. - www.americanstandard-us.com/everclean-surface

I searched for safety data sheets or SDS or MSDS information and did not yet find one for American Standard's product with certainty, though these two sheets may be of interest:

Ever-Clean Condensate Pan Tabs [PDF] - from Hydro-Balance Corp. - this appears to be a completely different product with similar intentions.


EverCoat, EverGlaze, from ITW Evercoat, Glazing Spot Putty [PDF] from ITW Evercoat, div of Illinois Tool Works, Inc.,

I am guessing from its literature that the American Standard glaze additive is a proprietary product for which more searching for an SDS will be needed.

In any event IMO there is not an iota of reason, from what we have read to date, to consider replacing your toilet that uses this glaze product.

Another except from American Standard on their EverClean coating for toilet:

American Standard offers a wide range of toilets with our unique EverClean® Surface.

It is an ultra-smooth glaze with antimicrobial properties which is applied on top of the conventional glaze and fired into all glazed surfaces of the toilet.

It gives the toilet a super smooth, mirror-like finish - which stays cleaner because the soil has a harder time clinging to it.

The EverClean® surface also inhibits the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew on the surface.- retrieved 2020/12/11, original source: https://www.americanstandard-us.com/parts-support/how-to/choosing-a-toilet

American Standard part of LIXIL ActiClean Toilet Cleaning Cartridge SDS [PDF] - this is a toilet cleaning cartridge, not a ceramic coating

Thanks for your reply. That makes me feel a bit better, although I am still not happy they market it that way. Have you been able to find out what they use in the glaze? If it were you, would you replace it?



1. the company wants to sell their product - described as resisting surface staining and odors in toilets.

2. a toilet surface that kills some bacteria will not kill enough bacteria to harm a septic tank.

There is not a shred of possibility of the surface killing all, nor even most, nor even much of bacteria found in human feces. Simply consider the volume of a normal bowel movement and compare that with the surface area of contact in a toilet of those feces during excretion. The surface area and thickness of any deposits will be trivial compared with the mass and volume of the feces themselves.

The company's product specification sheet for their Edgemere Dual Flush Right Height Elongated 12-inch Rough Complete Toilet includes this statement:

Stays cleaner, longer with EverClean®.

EverClean® surface inhibits the growth of stain- and odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew on the surface

Rachelle said:

I have an American Standard with EverClean surface.

According to the website "The smooth toilet surface is finished with an EverClean glaze which includes an antimicrobial additive that inhibits the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria, mold and mildew on the surface."

I am worried that this antimicrobial glaze is damaging my septic system bacteria. It sounds like it uses silver to do this. Do I have reason to be concerned? I have emailed the company and am waiting to hear back. Why wouldn't they put "not safe for septic" on the box if it kills bacteria?

Does Mira-Cleanharm the septic system ? discussed at InspectApedia.comThanks for the question, Robert.

Take a look at the MIRACLE METHOD CLEANER MSDS [PDF] - original source: http://www.genlabscorp.com/ghspdf/02211_EN.pdf

Nothing therein warns against flushing down drains, but the MSDS states

Dispose of contents and container according to the local, city, state and federal regulations.

The company's product use instructions state simply: ALWAYS RINSE THOROUGHLY after cleaning, and wipe the surface dry. - source: https://www.miraclemethod.com/care-and-cleaning.htm

Typically household cleaners are used in such a low volume that when rinsed from a plumbing fixture with fresh water they are sufficiently dilute as to be harmless in the septic tank and drainfield.

Watch out: however, that does not mean that it's ok to DISPOSE of un-used chemical cleaners or chemicals by dumping them down a drain. Don't do that.

Can chemicals used by Miracle Method to clean and refinish a bathtub be flushed down the drain of a septic tank system?

Can you put veet sensitive hair removal down a septic tank

Thanks for an interesting question about Re-Bath product safety, Barb.

Re-Bath's Silver Shield is a "100% virgin acrylic" bath or tub surround that is described as a "non-porous technology that prevents bacteria from growing and reproducing"

- which is interesting since bacteria is a completely different organism from "mold".

Similarly a claim to be "mildew resistant" is, to any mycologist, nonsense. "Mildew" is a very specific and very narrow group of two mold families, both of which grow ONLY on Living Plants. So you're never going to find mildew in your bathroom unless you're keeping living plants in there.

In defense of the "mildew prevention" crowd I acknowledge that many people like the word and use it more-widely than is correct.

But if you were a lawyer writing a guarantee, citing mildew prevention is a pretty safe claim to make, right?

My OPINION is that any non-porous bathroom tub surround will do a great job at mold resistance - including similar materials such as fiberglass; in general it's the avoidance of seams and also avoidance of reliance on grout or sealants that might be a bit more mold friendly than was the ceramic surface of traditional bath tile.

Watch out: other tub surrounds rely on an infused pesticide, Triclosan, that *might* raise health concerns. That product is not part of the Re Bath product - a point which its vendors will perhaps enjoy pointing-out.

I am looking for an MSDS for Re Bath's Silver Shield.
I suspect we won't find an MSDS nor SDS for Silver Shield from Re-Bath because it sounds as if the product is simply an acrylic plastic tub surround, not a pesticide or chemical additive or treatment.

Re: Bath Wraps that have a silver anti-mold and mildew Silver Shield. Will this affect or harm a 3 -bedroom septic system?

It seems unlikely that Maximus cattle wormer would in small quantity harm septic tank bacteria; after all a home septic tank is going to contain 1000 gallons or more of sewage and effluent.

Here is the product MSDS http://www.ancare.net.au/assets/maximus_pour-on_for_cattle-sds_expires_20210428.pdf

Product name: MAXIMUS Pour-On for Cattle
APVMA Code: 67606
Recommended Use: Treatment & control of Moxidectin sensitive internal and external parasites of cattle.

Supplier name: Merial Australia Pty Ltd
Address: Talavera Corporate Centre Building D
12-24 Talavera Road
Macquarie Park NSW 2113 AUSTRALIA

Moxidectin 113507-06-5 5g/L not set not set
Solvent naphtha (petroleum), light arom. 64742-95-6 150g/L not set not set

Other non hazardous ingredients secret to 1L not set not set
This is a commercial product whose exact ratio of components may vary slightly.

I'm unsure what you consider a "small bit of residue" but you are diluting 5 g/L Moxidectin. Solvent: 150 g/L Hydrocarbon Liquid into roughly 4000 litres of wastewater. If you poured an ENTIRE 5L bottle of Maximus into the septic tank that's 25 grams of Moxidectin in 4000 litres of waste or a dilution of the original product by a factor of 800.

Now to that let's add your daily wastewater usage - typically in 3-5 days you've pushed another 4000 litres of water into the septic tank.

I agree that Hydrogen sulfide or H2S is potentially dangerous and smelly as might be bacteria and methane and other sewer gas components; But if odors are coming out of your drains it is not at all likely to be from Maximus residue;

If flushing your drains doesn't fix the trouble I suspect that there is either a sewer line blockage or a plumbing vent system leak or blockage. In that case it's time to ask a plumber to snake, or use a sewer cam to inspect your drain waste venting system.

Accidentally let go of a little bit of residue of a bottle of cattle wormer ( Maximus ) into the drain and I have apparently killed the bacteria in the septic and caused a bad smell coming out of the drains, the husband says it is Hydrogen Sulphide. ZHe also says this can be poisonous. What do I do?

Wax flushed into building drains invites a drain clogged and sewage backup into the building. A very small amount of wax entering a septic tank probably is harmless as I would expect it to collect on the floating scum layer in to be removed during septic tank cleaning.

However if you're running a business and flushing large amounts of that into your system you risk are loading your septic tank and causing a blockage. Of course if the septic tank baffles are not intact you're also sending wax into the drain field and running that.


I make batik clothing wand have moved to a home with a septic tank. I use beeswax to resist the dyes and part of my process involves washing the clothes in cold water before boiling the wax out.

Will the bits of wax that come off during the wash harm my septic tank or drain field over time? This septic system uses a pump required by the county health department.

Question: Does sulfurated lime dip affect septic systems?

(Dec 3, 2015) Rob said:

Does sulfurated lime dip affect septic systems?

Reply: not if you dump 4 ounces of concentrate into the system

(mod) said: Rob (and for other readers)

Lime sulfur dip is a sulfurated lime solution used for animals including pets to kill mites and other parasites, and according to typical sulfurated lime dip vendors the dip also works against fungi and bacteria. It smells like rotten eggs - that's the sulfur content.

Sold for pet use the typical container volume is 16 oz. typically in a 97.8% solution (for veterinary use). You should consult a vet before using this treatment on your animals.

Because the solution is a type of biocide it's appropriate to ask if it's harmful to the necessary biota in a septic tank.

In typical preparation of the solution I describe above you dilute 4 ounces of the solution into one gallon of water and apply that solution topically to the animal.

Used in that volume and concentration and considering that a typical residential septic tank volume is 1000 gallons or more, you are diluting the dip from 97.8% lime-sulfur concentration twice: 4 0z in 128 oz (that dilutes to 2.31%) and then that diluted solution is further disposed-of into 128,000 ounces in the septic tank.

That dilutes to a 0.00002 % solution - before further wastewater enters the tank to dilute that solution further.

At that dilution I am doubtful you'd be able to detect the solution in the septic tank.

Question: effects of Miracle Method® bathtub refinisher on the septic system

2017/06/09 JWS said:

Hello - I'm considering hiring "Miracle Method" to refinish our tub. Do know if their chemicals would cause irreparable harm to our septic system? What's the best way to manage this process? Thank you.



You ask an interesting and clever question:

1. does tub cleaning to prep for miraclemethod tub refinishing contaminate the environemnt
and also you imply

2 is there a leach-out of chemicals from a tub re-finishing coating that will contaminate the environment as we then run bathwater through the tub and into a septic system?

Miraclemethod dot com, the company's site describes their process:

First, the tub is thoroughly cleaned using specially formulated two-step cleaners to remove soap scum, mineral deposits, and body oils. Next, all cracks and chips are repaired. Miracle Method's proprietary bonding agent, MM-4, is applied to ensure a solid bond between the old surface and the new finish. Finally, a trained professional uses a fine-finish spray process to apply a hi-tech, durable acrylic coating. - Miracle Method cited below.

Here is the MIRACLE METHOD TUB REFINISH PDS (product information sheet) for the resin used by Miracle Method to refinish your tub.

The product data sheet for the coating itself ( an acrylic ) notes that the resin is not particularly water-soluble, so I'm doubtful that there would be a measurable impact on the septic system from the finish tub coating once that coating has cured in place.

Noting that the "miracle" in any tub restoration is largely in the surface reparation we looked for a description of just what cleaners are used in tub preparation - without finding a clear answer, though the company does market separately cleaners and strippers for which they provide both product data sheets and MSDS.

Mira Clean #1 is a proprietary cleaner sold by Miracle Sealants.

Here is a MIRACLEAN® PRODUCT DATA SHEET PDS - product data sheet for this cleaner

Here is the actual MIRACLEAN® / PrarieChlor® MSDS where we see a bleach product - a mix of sodium hypochlorite (main ingredient by percent or volume) , sodium hydroxide and sodium chloride (salt)

Mira Strip is a floor coating and wax stripper also produced by the company; I could not determine if this is also used in bath tub prep for the company's tub refinishing acrylic coating or not.

But here's that product MIRA-STRIP® PRODUCT DATA SHEET PDS - it contains a "petroleum distillate". (Naptha)

And here's an actual MIRA-STRI®P MSDS

OPINION: I am doubtful that trace levels of naphtha would harm a septic system thanks to the dilution in the larger volume of wastewater.

I am also doubtful that at normal usage levels a bleaching product used to clean a bathtub would harm a septic system.

Perhaps the company can provide more information on your question if you ask - do let me know.

  • MiracleMethod, 4310 Arrowswest Dr ., Colorado Springs, CO 80907 USA Tel: 1-800-444-8827 Email: [email protected]


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