Troubleshooting Septic Problems

Troubleshooting Septic Problems

Septic Tank Treatments: The How and Why

by Max Wagner

As a septic tank owner, you may be eager to do all you can to prevent costly septic tank failures. One piece of advice that you may encounter is to treat your septic tank with various cleaners. Here is the how and why of septic tank treatment. 

Why Treat My Septic Tank?

Many people treat their septic tank with the intention of helping grow the reserves of "good" bacteria in the tank. The good bacteria are responsible for breaking down some of the waste before it goes into the drain field. Doing so can prevent clogs in your drain field and increase the health of the biomat, which is a layer of sludge that keeps the septic tank in good working order. 

Septic Tank Cleaners

One option that you'll see on the market is septic tank cleaners and treatments. These can have varying effects on your septic tank, so, before you apply any commercial cleaning product to the tank, be sure that you consult a septic cleaning specialist like Elliott's Septic Service to see if they recommend these products. Some of them can contain chemicals that have adverse or unintended consequences, depending on your tank. 

Fostering Good Bacteria Naturally

One thing that you can do to treat the tank naturally is to make sure that it receives high levels of good bacteria inputs. You can do this at home without investing a lot of money by flushing yogurt, buttermilk, and other live culture food products down your toilet or sink. When they enter the septic tank, they can become part of the natural habitat that helps break down waste. Some septic tank owners use these products on a weekly basis to help maintain their septic tank's health. 

Aside from that, you can help you septic tank stay free of issues by simply avoiding damaging the bacteria that's already there. Flushing cleaning chemicals down your toilet, for instance, can negatively impact your bacteria reserves. 

In short, there are some ups and downs to treating your septic tank with natural and commercial products. If you're concerned about avoiding septic tank backup and clogging, then one thing that you can do is schedule regular septic tank pumping to help reduce the load of bacteria on your biomat. And, if you find a septic tank treatment option that works for you, then these actions combined can be a great way to protect your septic tank. 


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Troubleshooting Septic Problems

When we first purchased our home in the mountains, I had no idea what I was up against. Whenever we would visit, I was surprised to see and smell the way that the property had changed. I realized that the vacation home always smelled like sewage, and it was really worrisome. I knew that I needed to do something to make things right, so I started looking into the plumbing system. I discovered that we had a septic tank, and that it needed to be pumped. This blog is all about troubleshooting septic system problems so that you can keep your place clean and sanitary.