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2 Things You Can Do To Maintain Your Septic Tank

by April Rivera

A septic system is necessary if you don't live anywhere that is attached to the sewer system. If you have a septic tank, you want to make sure that you are maintaining it well so that it will work the way that it should for as long as possible. There are several things that you can do to make sure that your septic tank is well-maintained. 

Septic Safe Products

One thing that you need to do is to use septic safe products. That includes things like toilet paper and laundry detergent. The reason that you want to make sure that you are using products that are safe for your septic system is that the tank has a careful balance. If the balance gets tipped too far one way, then the tank can start to clog up or stop digesting the material that gets collected by the tank. The septic safe toilet paper is generally a little thinner than other toilet paper and it will break down sooner, to help avoid clogs. The septic safe cleaning chemicals are designed so that they won't kill the bacteria in your septic tank, which are the real workers in your tank. 

Septic Boosting Chemicals

Another option is to use chemicals that will boost the bacteria in the tank. These are anaerobic bacteria, which means they don't need to have oxygen in order to function. The job of the bacteria is to munch away at all the solids that get put down the drains of your house. They will munch on all that stuff, which is part of the process of purifying the water. Giving the bacteria a little boost is going to make sure that they are staying strong and able to function. One way to do that is to use chemicals that you can flush down the toilet. The products that you flush will help to make the bacteria stronger and can even help produce more, which keeps the septic tank working well over the years. 

If you have tried everything possible to keep your septic tank working right, then you need to call a septic tank service company. They can do things like pumping out your tank so that it doesn't overflow or cause any other problems. They can come out and check out your tank for you, and make sure that you can keep disposing of all your wastewater the way that you should be doing.