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Septic Tank Additives – Should You Use Them?

Septic Tank Additives – Should You Use Them?

Caring for your septic tank can sound like a real headache. With many different rules to follow to ensure the longevity of your system, it’s important to understand what you should and shouldn’t be adding to the delicate ecosystem of your septic tank.

Septic tanks rely on a blend of different bacteria to break down waste and release the water into what’s called a drain field. The tank is usually located within a few feet of the front or back of your house, with the area around it making up the drain field. 

With a list of things not to put down the drain, it can be hard to remember what you should or shouldn’t be disposing of into the tank. If you find you have an incorrect balance in your tank, one of your options is to add a septic tank additive. 

Additives come in many types but are usually tablets or liquids meant to be flushed or deposited down a drain to allow your tank to grow bacteria and balance itself back out. It may seem like an easy decision, but it’s not always clear. Doing research can lead you to see both sides of the argument regarding septic tank additives. The best approach is to follow the typical rules provided by an expert after they understand your exact system. Introducing unnecessary chemicals or bacteria may have the opposite reaction from your intentions and could destroy the necessary colonies. The system is delicate, but as long as you take the proper care as explained by a professional, you can make it last years without needing to do so much as have it cleaned and pumped occasionally. 

Consulting a professional is the best option, as everyone’s case is different. The number of people in your household and even daily habits can influence your septic tank’s needs. Even having or using your garbage disposal and dishwasher will eventually play a part in caring for your septic tank. Be sure to give us a call, and we can help you decide which is the right path for you.

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