Terralift is a technological breakthrough in soil restoration. It solves a number of soil problems including compaction, saturation, and improper drainage, without disturbing the ground surface
Rejuvinates exhausted leach fields quickly without costly excavation and replacement.
Terralift provides a fast solution to many ground water problems. Terralift uses a long, narrow probe and an integral pneumatic hammer to penetrate the soil to depths of from 3 to 6 feet.
It then forces air into the soil at a controllable rate, fracturing the soil, and creating an aerobic condition.
Because air tends to follow the path of least resistance, air will move horizontally and vertically through the soil. The fissures will keep the air and water passages open to ensure proper transpiration on a long term basis.
Here is How It Works
Terralift uses a long, narrow probe and an integral pneumatic hammer to penetrate soil to depths of three to six feet, depending upon the depth of your leach field. It then forces air into the soil at a controllable rate using a special high pressure compressor, fracturing the soil, and creating a network of fissures and cracks.
Unlike traditional soil fracturing,Terralift adds a new dimension to the process by using a second tank and parallel system that simultaneously allows the injection of air and polystyrene pellets into the fissures and cracks that have been opened by the compressed air. This maintains the passages for the percolation of liquids away from the trenches.
The operation is repeated every four feet ( depending on soil conditions) around each of the leach field trenches, as indicated in the diagram.
Because air tends to follow the path of least resistance, both the air and the pellets will move horizontally and vertically through the soil. The pellets keep air and water passages open to ensure proper leaching and transpiration on a long term basis.
Will Terralift really rejuvinate a leach field?
Yes. If a septic system was designed properly and worked when it was installed, Terralift will bring the field back to its original operating efficiency - barring problems such as overuse, high ground water or mechanical problems such as crushed pipes or missing baffles.
Septic systems fail to operate properly when, over time, the leach field becomes compacted and clogged with an anaerobic bacteria commonly referred to as biomat.
Basically, the field hasn't really failed, it is just clogged. You would not replace your car because the oil filter is clogged
Terralift can even cure problems occurring because of smearing when the trenches were originally excavated.
How does Terralift do this
The Terralift probe is inserted into the ground down to the bottom of the leach field trenches, and with a blast of compressed air, creates a series of fissures and cracks in the leach field that loosens the compacted soil and breaks up the biomat that has formed on the walls of the trenches.
At the same time, Terralift injects polystyrene beads into the fissures that have been opened to provide long term percolation of liquids away from the trenches.
How long will a Terralift treatment last?
Terralift was first used here in the United States ten years ago this summer, and the field is still working fine.
A number of Terralift jobs have been monitored on a monthly basis for two years or more by various government agencies and the systems have continued to function properly
Some Terralift owners are now offering a one or two year warranty with each job, and at least one is considering going to five years.
If a field has worked without problems for even as long as 30 years, there is no reason why it shouldn't continue to work for another 30 years.
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