Septic Tank Treatment Blog

Effects of Household Cleaners on Your Septic Tank

Courtney Massey

What Am I Flushing Down My Drain? Living in a fast-paced modern society, you very rarely take the time to read the fine print. You never feel the need to flip the bottle of your favorite cleaning products that you trust to “get the job done”. This leads to problems. Reading each ingredients list and taking the time to research them is crucial to both protecting the environment, and minimizing your effect on it. This takes us to the crux of the matter - what are you flushing down your drain? Barbara told you that a little bit of bleach monthly keeps those septic pumpers away - is she right? What can you do to keep your environment safe? To put it bluntly - most household products put your septic system at risk… if you are not maintaining it properly....

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City Sewerage or a Septic System? - An age old question answered.

Courtney Massey

Traditional thinking points towards city sewerage as the clear cut winner. However, in this case “traditional” thinking is not the same as factual reasoning. It is often that a homeowner’s bias towards one system is influenced by old myths and downright inaccurate information. One major instance being the perpetuated idea that sewers are the cheaper, more convenient option because regular maintenance is unnecessary. Septic systems are comparatively seen as the more costly (and risky) option because all maintenance is performed at the discretion of the homeowner. And while this is all well and true when looked at plainly, this may not be the case when measured over time. And as a (prospective) homeowner - you should be looking at the differences between each system and how they will hold up not only long term, but also under pressure.  The real...

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Septic Tank Bacteria Treatment Explained

Courtney Massey

As homeowners, you want to do all that you can to understand the possible benefits and side effects of each product you will be placing your trust in. The only way to ensure you're doing the best thing for your system is by doing your research.  Quite frankly, the efficiency of a septic tank maintenance product depends entirely on how well it works with the tank's natural biological system. To help you understand how and what each additive can do for you let's first take a deeper look at what exactly a septic tank does. Septic Systems 101 Septic tanks are plugflow reactors wastewater enters, is cleansed as it progresses through the tank, and eventually drains at a steady rate. Once your wastewater enters the tank, its sorting and cleansing relies entirely on different biological/physical processes to work. Your waste breaks...

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How often should a septic tank be pumped?

Courtney Massey

You might be thinking to yourself - "When WAS the last time I pumped my tank? Have I waited too long?" The answer to your question is more than likely a resounding "no". Septic tanks are a marvel combination of engineering and biology - they are designed to be self-regulating, self sustaining systems. All of your household waste collects in it - not merely that which is flushed down the commode, but also your washing machine drainage, that of your sinks and bathtubs, etc. When you flush/drain your waste, it passes through your drain lines and is emptied into your septic tank (whether it be a one or two tank system). There, the waste naturally settles into three layers according to its density. Sludge is the bottom most layer, and consists of all heavy, dense solids - including non-biodegradable solid...

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Septic Tank Discharge - The Risks and Prevention

Courtney Massey

Drinkable water has become a hot topic of discussion as of late. And while major instances may not be effecting you, or anywhere around you - there is still cause for concern. The United States' primary source of drinkable water is actually a natural, subterranean source; groundwater. Groundwater is found flowing through the soil under the earth's surface. Governmental agencies use wells to extract the groundwater in order to provide the population with a natural, affordable source of public drinking water.  And, because it is not open to the elements, groundwater is less likely to become polluted than surface water. However, when problems do occur, groundwater is also a lot more difficult to restore to its original pure state than surface water because of its hidden nature. When polluted, groundwater can become a danger to not only the environment, but...

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