By Bruce Hardboss, PE
Have you ever had your septic tanks Sinks, showers, etc. produce a foul smell like rotten eggs? The rotten egg smell is due to the production of Hydrogen Sulfide. I used to constantly deal with a rotten egg smell from my house’s showers and bathtubs. I tried to use various septic tank treatments such as RID-X®. The RID-X® septic tank conditioner did nothing for the rotten egg smell and did not help the performance of my septic tank which required pumping every two to three years or so.
As a professional wastewater engineer, I took it on myself to solve this problem. Hydrogen Sulfide is produced by bacteria in my septic tank and supply lines in anaerobic conditions. Basically, in the absence of Oxygen, the anaerobic bacteria use mineral compounds present in their environment to basically breath. As the more efficient compounds are used up (ones that have a higher energy yield) you are eventually only left with Hydrogen sulfide producing compounds.
The use of RID-X® or similar compounds are limited to enzymes and do little for supplementing the minerals and compounds which the anaerobic bacteria need to metabolize. So RID-X® or similar dry compounds do little to treat the “smell.”
I have discovered NORWECO Bio-Gem® organic digester about eight years ago. Bio-Gem® is a liquid product, which is loaded with beneficial bacteria (which are engineered to digest solids and grease) and a high concentration of the top tier nutrients and compounds. These nutrients and compounds promote good septic tank health and prevent the production of
Bio-Gem® has solved my septic tank pumping problems (I have not had to pump my septic tank in over 6 years, vice every two years without), and moreover, there is absolutely no odor being produced from anywhere in my septic system.
As a professional engineer, I strongly recommend the use of Bio-Gem® on a regular basis. Bio-Gem® minimizes septic tank pumping and eliminates septic system odors. Also, Bio-Gem® can be used in homes and businesses on city sewers to unclog supply lines and also it prevents odors. Try it you won’t be disappointed.