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Safe & Effective Household Cleaning Tips for Homes with Septic Tank Systems

Heather M

Making your home an attractive, comfortable, and safe place begins with cleaning. Aside from the obvious aesthetic benefits, cleaning removes dirt, dust, allergens, and other infectious agents from the home to promote a healthful indoor environment. Every day we execute some form of cleaning in our homes, whether its sweeping, washing dishes, taking out the trash, or simply washing down a counter top. Because household cleaning products are a convenient and easy way to clean, people overlook the effects these products have on our health and our environment. Cleaning products are also very effective at killing undesired bacteria, however not all bacteria is bad, especially if you have a septic tank system. Bacteria are the most important component of a septic tank system. Responsible for breaking down solid waste and removing pathogens from waste water, bacteria are essentially what makes...

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What’s Harmful, and What’s Safe For Your Septic Tank

Heather M

Have you ever wondered what you use to clean your house, if its safe or if its harmful for your septic tank? As you may already be aware that some household products that you use contain chemicals. These chemicals in products kill the bacteria. Which can upset the balance in the septic tank that can lead to back ups, foul odors, and become very costly. Your septic tank depends on healthy bacteria to keep it functioning properly. Here is a list of products that are recommended to use that are also safe for the septic tanks and a few that aren’t recommended. This is only some of the many major brands and examples.  Automatic dishwasher detergents Amway Electrasol Tabs Shoppers Value lemon fresh Wave Gel  Not Recommended All Cascade (Powder & Gel) Electrasol (Powder & Gel) Sun Light Palmolive (Gel)...

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Cleaning Roots Out Of Septic Tanks

Heather M

  Activator 1000 is an septic additive Many of us automatically think when our septic system starts to back up and become clogged that it’s because of the roots spreading from our trees. In some cases, that is not the issue. It could very well be a clog from the sludge that has formed at the bottom of your septic tank; leaving less space and time for the waste water to settle before passing to the drain field. More than likely if that occurred you’re not using a preventive maintenance treatment like Activator 1000. If it is sludge that is causing problems to your system, using our product will resolve those issues. This is the first step you should try to see if it is the sludge causing the clog. If this isn’t the issue, the next step would be...

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Getting Rid of Septic Tank Odors

Heather M

Septic tank odors are a “di-stink-tive” sign that your septic tank is not functioning as it should. In some causes the problem may simply an issue with a drain or pipe, more often it is a problem in the tank. Let’s face it, septic tanks are giant receptacles for human waste; however, they are designed to contain odors. There are many reasons why you may be plagued by the stinky septic smells depending where the odor is coming from. The terrible smell of septic waste is not only offensive but may also be a serious health risk. Septic systems hold human waste and water from the home. Inside, micro-organisms, bacteria, digest and break down the waste. The breakdown of waste produces methane and hydrogen sulfide gases. Septic tank systems are required to have a vent installed, to prevent the build...

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The Septic Tank Digestive Tract

Heather M

If your home was a person, the septic tank system would very much be the digestive system.  Thinking of your septic tank this way will give you a better understanding of how it works and how it should be cared for. The digestive tract starts at the mouth. This is where food enters your body and is combined with saliva so it can be broken down. The sinks, drains and toilets in your home are like the mouths. Waste combines with water, (waste water) so that it can be broken down in the “stomach” more easily. Continuing on the digestive tract, “food” goes down the esophagus to the stomach. In your home pipes carry the waste water to the septic tank. The septic tank is the stomach of your homes digestive system. This is where the waste and waste water...

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