Advice for a healthy septic
You should be mindful of what you flush down your toilet and commodes. Don’t flush items such as kitchen napkins, sanitary napkins, tampons, baby wipes, diapers and other items that are not biodegrade and may be harmful to the operation of your septic system. When the soil surrounding your septic system drain field clogs with bio mat and doesn’t allow fluid to pass along, the system and soil fail. This failure is due to a blockage consisting of small pieces of solid human waste which doesn’t break down as a result of lack of bacteria coagulates in the drain field and clog’s your system. Another way to eliminate solid waste from going into your septic tank is to stop using a garbage disposal. The use of these devices typically doubles the amount of solid waste materials entering your septic tank system. Typically it will take much longer for waste from a garbage disposal to digest then natural human waste from the toilets.Other things you should be mindful of are cleaning products like laundry detergent, and other harsh cleaners which contain large amounts of bleach. Powdered laundry detergents consist of non-biodegradable fillers and can clog your septic system and drain field. Also, be cognizant of oils, pesticides, paint and paint thinners, and other toxic substances you may wash down your sinks and drains. They will pollute your groundwater and interfere with restoring and maintaining a healthy septic system environment. Cleaning products, even antibacterial hard and dish soaps kill off the much needed good healthy bacteria in your septic tank which are vital to maintaining a system which operates efficiently giving the home owner a healthy.
Next, divert rain water from storm drains, roofs, driveways, and decks. Steer the water in a different direction away from in relation to your drain field. Too much water in the system will dilute the bacteria and may result in your system not fully breaking down solid toxic waste. This material may still be potentially detrimental to your health if left in a non digestion state.
Using to much water in your household can also interfere with and damage your septic system. Make sure your toilets aren’t running and check your faucets and drains for leaks on a regular basis. Turn the water down or off in between washing dishes and brushing your teeth. It’s not only good for your septic system but you will waste less water and save money in the process. Too much water in your system can overwhelm it and cause septic system problems, like pushing solid wastes out into your septic tank drain field. A basic septic tank system is only capable of handling a certain gallons per day volume of water. The number of times you use your washing machine each week will have a direct impact on the amount of water that flows into your septic tank system. One way not to overwhelm your system is to try doing two or three loads of wash during the week instead of waiting a week or two and excessively washing your clothes all in one day. Typically, your washing machine will use forty to sixty or more gallons of water per load. This is why many loads in one day will raise the odds of your septic tank flooding and washing valuable bacteria out of the system.
Too much waste water typically means not enough good bacteria to dissolve the solid waste that builds up in your septic tank system. The ingredients in daily household cleaners like anti-bacterial dish soap, anti-bacteria hand soap, laundry soap with anti-bacterial additives and floor cleaners destroy the beneficial bacteria in your septic tank. By utilizing septic tank bio pac additives packed full of good bacteria and enzymes, you will maintain a good healthy septic system that operates effectively and efficiently. You will be able to sleep well at night knowing that your septic tank is functioning properly and breaking down all the solid waste into rich effluent produced in your household.
If you follow the advice given to you in this article you will have a healthy septic tank system environment. Remember to have your septic system pumped and checked through the manhole cover every one to four years.
By: Bradley Skierkowski