How well you maintain your septic tank can be the difference between having sewage back up into your house and having the sewage break down as intended and dispersed throughout your leach field. An important part of this process is the health and amount of bacteria in your septic tank. Your septic system cannot work properly without an adequate amount of bacteria in your septic tank, and there are things that can end up in your tank that kills the bacteria. Here is how to take care of the bacteria in your septic tank help it survive and thrive.
Watch What Your Put Your Tank
Everyday items like bleach, antiseptic cleaners, and other common household products that you flush down the drain and into your septic tank are specifically designed to kill bacteria. You can use these products, but you have to be careful on how much ends up in your tank. Most of the time, your usage probably won't generate enough antiseptic and antibacterial waste to kill enough bacteria to make a noticeable difference in how well your septic system works, but if you are a heavy user of antibacterial products, you could reduce the amount of bacteria enough in the tank to cause the system to backup into your home.
The important thing is that, if you do add chemicals into your tank that can kill bacteria, you do so in moderation.
For instance, you can usually pour up to a couple of gallons of bleach per week into your septic system without causing too much damage (you will kill some bacteria, but typically not enough to cause backups). You can also put in small amounts of antibacterial solutions and drain cleaners without worrying if you are going to damage the bacteria. The key factor is the size of your septic tank. If you have a small tank, you won't be able to pour as much antibacterial products into then you would if you had a large tank. The best thing to do is consult your owner's manual, or contact your septic tank service company, and find out what amount of antibacterial products they recommend you can safely put into your specific septic tank.
You can add bacterial additives to your septic tank to stimulate bacterial growth if you think you've poured too much antibacterial products into your tank. The additives help get the bacterial count up to where it needs to effectively treat the sewage flowing into the tank before you start to have problems. Again, follow the manufacturer's directions on the package to determine how much additives you should use and when you should add it into your tank.
For more information, contact a septic pumping company like H&R Complete Inc.