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The Role of Enzymes in Septic Tank Treatment

Heather M

Sewage is created every time a toilet is flushed, a shower is taken, or something is washed down a drain. 25% of homes in the U.S. rely on septic tank systems, on-site waste water treatment facilities, to treat and dispose of household waste water. Septic tank systems are an effective, inexpensive, and low maintenance alternative where public sewer is unavailable. Proper treatment of waste water is required for health, and environmental reasons before it can be disposed of. Bacteria in the septic system are responsible for the degradation of organic waste. Billions of bacteria throughout the septic system break down solid waste and purify water, resulting in a functioning septic tank system. While bacteria play an extremely important role in the septic tank system, they do not work alone. As the bacteria metabolize, grow, and divide, enzymes are created. Enzymes...

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Will Household Bleach Harm My Septic System

Heather M

Standard household bleach may be considered the most handy and useful household product because of its countless uses. Most commonly used for whitening whites and removing stains, bleach is more than just an ordinary laundry detergent. It is also used to kill germs and sanitize just about everything. Most toilet bowl cleaners, various household cleaners and disinfectants also contain bleach. It is so versatile that it is also an effective pesticide and fungicide. This means that it kills bacteria and viruses as well as fungi, and many other germs. Some may say that chlorine bleach is the ultimate household necessity. But what happens when bleach gets into your septic system? Different kinds of bacteria throughout the septic system decompose and treat the waster water from your home. Since standard household bleach is so widely used throughout the home it isn’t...

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Septic Systems May Be Affected By Flooding

Heather M

Flooding is one of the most common natural disasters world wide. While there may be a variety of ways in which they can occur, the effects of a flood can be devastating. The physical damage to homes, roads, structures, businesses, cars, and other personal belongings can amount to billions of dollars. Aside from disrupting lives, people can also be injured or killed by the raising water and the damage that they cause. Flood waters can carry pathogens that cause many illnesses and diseases such hepatitis and dysentery. The untreated sewage in septic systems carry some of these pathogens. Flooding creates a potential for damage to septic tank systems, taking action before,during and after a flood may minimize potential health risks and damage to the system. There is not much that can be done to prevent a flood. Because flooding can...

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