ROEBIC Laboratories

The Septic Professionals

Frequently Asked Consumer Questions

K-37 Septic Tank Treatment
What is the difference between the K-37 Septic Tank Treatment and the K-57 Septic System Cleaner?
The K-37 Septic Tank Treatment is used to treat the septic tank and is part of our Quarterly Maintenance Program. The K-57 Septic System Cleaner is our emergency care product that is to treat the system if it is running sluggish and may be showing signs of a backup.
How many times per year should I apply K-37 Septic Tank Treatment to the system?
We suggest that K-37 Septic Tank Treatment should be used twice per year on its own. If the System Maintenance Program is being used the K-37 is to be used once per year with the other products in the program.
How large of a tank does one bottle of K-37 Septic Tank Treatment treat?
K-37 Septic Tank Treatment is available is different size bottles.

Bottle Size

Gallons Treated

Quart

500 Gallons

Half Gallon

1000 Gallons

Quart Concentrate

1500 Gallons

Half Gallon Concentrate

2500 Gallons

Granular One Pound Bag

1500 Gallons

Can K-37 Septic Tank Treatment be applied directly to the tank or does it have to be applied through the toilet?
The easiest application method is applying the product directly through the toilet. However, if the system has just been pumped and you have easy access to the tank you can pour the product directly in the tank.
Can I pour the K-37 Septic Tank Treatment and K-77 Root Killer in the tank together?
No, you do not want to add the Root Killer and The K-37 Septic Tank Treatment in at the same time. They should be applied a few weeks apart. Start with the K-77 and then in three to four weeks you can apply the K-37.

K-57 Septic System Cleaner
Can I use K-57 Septic System Cleaner instead of K-37 Septic Tank Treatment?
K-57 is the emergency care product to treat the entire system when you are experiencing a backup or a sluggish running system. We suggest using the K-57 to help get the system running properly then starting the Quarterly Maintenance Program which entails four Roebic products through out the year, K-37 Septic Tank Treatment, K-570 Leach and Drain Field Opener, K-87 Soap Grease Paper Digester, and K-97 Main Line Cleaner.
How long after I treat with the K-57 Septic System Cleaner should I wait to apply the K-37 Septic Tank Treatment?
Depending on the condition of the system sometimes you may need to treat with the K-57 a couple of times. You should wait a period of about three to four weeks between treatments. If the system is running well after one treatment of the K-57 you can apply the K-37 the following month and is suggested to start the System Maintenance Program.
Can I apply K-57 Septic System Cleaner to the Distribution Box to get it to the drain field faster?
If you have access to the Distribution Box you can apply the product there. However, the K-57 is formulated to treat the entire system from the house to the drain field. Applying the product in the toilet will allow you to get the full affect from the product and allow it to treat the entire system.
Can I use K-57 Septic System Cleaner to treat my drain field if I can not locate the K-570 Leach and Drain Field Opener?
You can use the K-57 if you can not locate the K-570. However, the K-57 is our emergency care product and the K-570 is specifically formulated to treat the Leach/Drain Field.
How much of K-57 Septic System Cleaner do I have to use for my system?
K-57 Septic System Cleaner is available in different sizes. The quart size will treat a 500 gallon system. The half gallon will treat a 1000 gallon system.

K-570 Leach and Drain Field Opener
What is the difference between K-570 Leach and Drain Field Opener and the K-57 Septic System Cleaner products?
K-570 Leach and Drain Field Opener is part of our Quarterly System Maintenance Program. It is specially formulated to treat and open up the Leach/Drain Field by opening up the field and allowing the system to optimize septic function. The K-57 Septic System Cleaner is formulated to treat the entire septic system when it is running sluggish and a possibility of a backup is occurring.
Does my Drain Field need to be treated?
Yes, it is very important to treat your entire septic system. Treating the septic tank alone does not prevent sludge build up in the main line nor does it prevent build up or backups that occur out in the leach / drain field.

K-77 Root Killer
RESTRICTIONS: It is a violation of Federal Law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.
K-77 can be used in Septic Systems except in the following areas: State of Massachusetts or the State of Florida. K-77 is not for sale or to be used in the State of Connecticut, Counties in California of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solana and Sonoma, Counties in Colorado of Golden and Jefferson.
What is the difference between K-77 Root Killer and Foaming Root Killer?
K-77 is not a foaming root killer; it is still a contact root killer but does not have a foaming action. K-77 will treat an entire septic system from the house to the drain field. Foaming Root Killer will only treat from the house to the septic tank. If you are treating a sewer line the K-77 will treat a longer length of pipe line and one bottle of Foaming Root Killer only treats up to 50 feet of 4" pipe line.
How many times per year should I treat with K-77 Root Killer?
Root killers should be applied twice per calendar year. We recommend treating the pipe in the spring and in the late fall.
Can I apply K-77 Root Killer directly to the roots?
No, K-77 is a registered product and has specific application instructions that need to be followed. K-77 should be applied directly through the toilet as specified on the label.
Can I apply the K-77 Root Killer directly to the Septic Tank?
You can apply the K-77 Root Killer through the distribution box. Pour three gallons of water after pouring the product in to carry the crystals through the pipes.
Will K-77 Root Killer harm the bacteria that are already in my septic tank?
The bottle of K-77 is a 2 pound bottle that should not be destructive to the bacterial growth in the tank. However, we do recommend treating the system with a bottle of K-37 Septic Tank Treatment about two weeks after using a root killer in case any weaker bacteria were destroyed.

Foaming Root Killer
RESTRICTIONS: It is a violation of Federal Law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.
Foaming Root Killer is not to be used in Septic Systems in the State of Florida.
I am on a Septic System, is FRK the right product to use?
Foaming Root Killer will only treat from the house to the tank, not beyond that point. K-77 Root Killer would be the product to use to treat any roots beyond the septic tank.
How many feet will one bottle of Foaming Root Killer treat?
Foaming Root Killer is sold in a One Pound bottle and treats up to 50 feet of line.
How long does the product have to stay in the line?
It is best to use the Foaming Root Killer at night before going to bed. Let the product stay in the line for about six hours. The next morning you can return to normal water usage.
Will Foaming Root Killer harm my trees?
No, Foaming Root Killer is a contact root killer and will only kill the roots it comes in direct contact with.
How often should I apply Foaming Root Killer?
Foaming Root Killer should be applied twice per calendar year. We recommend using it in the spring and late fall. Depending on how significant the root problem is sometimes it has to be mechanically rooted and then Foaming Root Killer can be used as a regular maintenance product.

GENERAL PRODUCT QUESTIONS
My washing machine keeps backing up what product can I use?
The K-87 Soap Grease and Paper Digester are recommended. The product should be applied directly into the pipe behind the washing machine. Follow the directions on the back label of the bottle. The product needs to be applied for four nights in a row with flushing the line each following morning.
I have a floor drain in the basement that is backing up, what product should I treat the line with?
K-97 Main Line Cleaner should be used. This product will degrade the proteins, starches, fats and greases that create a build up on the pipe walls.
What is the System Maintenance Program?
The Quarterly System Maintenance Program was developed with the formulation of four products to be used through out the year. Each product used in the system has a specific targeted area of the septic system. Every three months one product from the program is applied starting with step 1.

STEP 1) K-37 Septic Tank Treatment, this digests the proteins and keeps the contents of the tank liquid.

STEP 2) K-570 Leach and Drain Field Opener, keeps the drain field running properly to optimize the system function.

STEP3) K-87 S.G.P. (Soap Grease and Paper Digester), will eliminate soap grease and paper in the system to ensure proper flow.

STEP 4) K-97 Main Line Cleaner, digests the accumulated sludge build up in the line to maintain proper drainage.