When properly maintained and cared for, you don’t need to think about your septic system much. However, there are things you can do to ensure it continues to do its job reliably for years to come. But are monthly septic treatments necessary?
How do septic tanks work?
Before learning about septic tank treatments, it’s important to understand how your septic system works. A septic system brings the wastewater from your home down into a tank. In that septic tank, bacteria dissolves and consumes the solid waste. This process separates it into solids and liquids. The liquid then drains through pipes into your drain field. The soil in the drain field filters the water through layers of rocks and minerals and returns it to the groundwater system.
What are septic treatments?
Septic treatments are either chemicals, enzymes, or organic bacteria meant to help maintain the bacteria balance in your septic tank. However, some kinds of treatment or too much treatment could disrupt or ruin the bacteria balance and cause septic problems. Because there are so many kinds of septic treatments, organic and inorganic, it’s best to consult the pros before using one in your system.
So, is a monthly septic treatment worth it?
This ultimately depends on the usage of your tank and your type of tank. The easiest way to find out is by consulting with a professional. Also, don’t confuse monthly treatments and regular pumpings. Regular pumpings are essential to maintain your septic tank properly. The average septic tank will need to be pumped every 3 to 5 years. However, your septic tank may need more frequent pumping, depending on your specific household needs. A professional septic company can recommend the best pumping schedule for your home.
Not sure if you need monthly septic treatments for your system? It’s time to consult the pros! Affordable Pumping Services can recommend the best treatment plan for your septic tank. Give us a call to set up an appointment today.