Now that you have chosen to maintain your septic system you are faced with a few question; how will you do it? Where will you start? How much money is it going to cost? Etc. Once you learn more about septic maintenance the more you will realize that choosing to maintain your septic system is a great decision that may potentially save you from terrible odors, clogging, and even more costly repairs.Your septic tank is the container that relies on 2 things to work properly: gravity and bacteria. Gravity causes the waste to separate and settle in layers. Bacteria decomposes the waste. Your septic tank is underground so you never know when you are going to have a problem. Using a septic treatment that contains bacteria and enzymes that boost the bacteria growth is the best and most reliable way to maintain your system.
Everywhere you look on the internet there are people writing about these “home remedies” for your septic tank. Unfortunately, these home made septic cleaners don’t work. Some people say to use yeast. First of all, yeast is not bacteria, they are fungi, they do not help in the cleaning of your tank or drain lines. Yeast will also not eliminate the need to pump out your septic tank. Putting too much yeast in your septic can actually be harmful. When you activate the yeast a frothing action occurs, changing the activity in the tank and causing the waste not to separate the way that happens naturally.
Not all bacteria in your septic tank help to break down waste. Adding decomposing dead animals, roadkill, and raw meat will not help the performance of your septic system because they do not contain this good bacteria. They contain minimal amounts of bacteria compared to the size of your tank. Putting a carcas in your septic tank only adds more waste to be decomposed. Avoid wasting money on raw meat to throw down your septic. Eating it would probably have a better effect on your system.
Buttermilk and yoghurt contain bacteria. Because your septic tank is so large the amount of buttermilk and/or yoghurt that you would need per month to effectively clean your septic tank would be massive. It would simply cost too much money to maintain your septic system with dairy. Store bought septic cleaners, as well as baking soda change the pH level in your tank. These levels are important for bacteria, growth, and feeding. By changing the pH levels, you will kill good bacteria that work to decompose the waste in your tank.
The best way to maintain your septic system is to monitor what goes into your tank and make sure to replenish the good bacteria in your tank. Avoid harsh cleaners, anti-bacterial cleaners and soaps, and any items that are not organic. Because these items harm the good bacteria in your septic tank, it is important to use a septic maintenance product that contains bacteria and enzymes to replace and replenish those bacteria. Doing both of these things will make septic maintenance easy and affordable.