Septic System Additives
Septic System Additives - A Little Insurance
You have heard the old saying "the best defense is a good offense" right? Well, the same applies to keeping your septic system operating at optimum efficiency. Taking a pro-active stance on maintaining your system could be as easy as picking up the phone to contact your local septic pumping service, or flushing a few extra ingredients down your toilet. A reasonable amount of effort coupled with a little planning can save you tons of cash and headaches down the road. Your family, neighbors, and the environment will certainly benefit as well. Read on to find a simple common sense approach to ensure your hard earned money isn't wasted.
Let's begin with a few simple septic system Do's and Don'ts:
- space out laundry and other plumbing related activities throughout the day when feasable.
- Make sure your septic system is sized correctly for the number in your family.
- use the garbage disposal sparingly.
- repair leaky faucets and running toilets as soon as possible.
- throw cigarette butts, diapers, dental floss, tampons, or anything else that didn't arrive when "nature called" into your toilets.
- run your laundry and sinks too long at the same time.
- put used cooking, or any other type of grease down your drains.
- allow long hair to enter drains. Hair, mostly protein, is the culprit in many a system clog.
If you purchased a new home or recently installed a new septic system, you might be very familar with how it works, its size, reliability, and how much your family has already used it. But if you bought an older home, you may have no idea how much use it got by the previous owners, or its current condition. Older systems may not meet current code. The safest bet here would be to have the tank pumped and inspected. Many times local septic services can provide information on the type of system typically used in your locale.
Many professionals agree, it may be best to simply reduce your water usage and have your septic tank pumped and cleaned every two or three years.
Septic System Additives - Many Choices
Even though 80 years of research show that septic system additives may not be necessary, the added level of protection is relatively inexpensive as preventive measures go. However, given the vast amount of additive choices (over 100), how can you know if what you are buying is cheap insurance or snake oil?
While shopping for septic system additives, you will encounter three different basic types:
- organic solvents (chlorinated compounds)
- inorganic additives (acids, bases etc.)
- biological additives (bacteria, yeast, and enzymes).
Biological septic system additives seem to be the most popular. Marketed as what appears to act as a probiotic for your septic system, these additives are natural and don't harm the balance. An additive which provides a bacterial boost to help ensure nature's waste eliminators continue to thrive certainly can't hurt.
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