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Regular Septic Tank Treatment Extends the Life of Drainfield

Heather M

Household waste water created every day must be treated / purified before it can return to the ground and rejoin water cycle . Failing to remove pathogens, and other solids from waste water can result in contaminated sources of drinking water , pollution, and the spread of water related diseases. A septic tank system is a smaller waste water treatment plant, that is used as an alternative to public sewer connections, commonly in rural areas. It relies on bacteria to break down and digest solids and sludge throughout the septic system. Proper septic tank care is an important part of safe and effective waste water treatment. The septic tank system consists of pipes, a septic tank, and a drainfield. The purpose of the septic tank is to slow down waste water from the pipes enough for solids to settle on...

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Can I Add Too Much Bacteria to the Septic System?

Heather M

Billions of bacteria colonies throughout the septic tank system break down biodegradable material and remove harmful pathogens from household waste-water. The use of anti bacterial soaps and detergents, among other household cleaners and disinfectants, kill these vital bacteria and hinder the function of the septic tank system. Adding a septic tank treatment that contains septic tank bacteria and enzymes to the septic tank system will restore balance to the system by replenishing and boosting the bacteria level. These septic tank treatment products are designed to be used once every 3-6 weeks, for optimal septic maintenance and preventative septic tank care. Excessive use or over-dosing of an all natural septic tank treatment that contains only bacteria and enzymes will not harm the septic tank system. Since bacteria in the septic tank system are responsible for the degradation of solids and sludge,...

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Monthly Septic Tank Treatment is the Most Effective Septic Tank Cleaning

Heather M

Most people associate septic tank cleaning with hiring a professional to remove the contents of their septic tank with a vacuum truck. Not only are septic tank pumping expensive, often yards are destroyed from digging to uncover the septic tank lid. Ironically pumping out the septic tank removes the septic bacteria that are needed to digest waste in the septic tank system. When the bacteria in the middle of the septic tank system are removed the system becomes out of balance, causing problems in the drainfield and pipes. The septic tank does not efficiently treat waste water and the strain is put on the drainfield. Pipes become narrow due to waste build up and the soil clogs preventing effluent to percolate downward. Septic tank problems are left untreated or unnoticed because septic tank pump-outs only temporarily fix the real cause...

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Conserving Water Contributes to Optimal Septic Tank Care

Heather M

A properly maintained septic system could last for many years. Most homes have a standard septic tank that can hold 1200- 1500 gallons. It is important to know what size septic tank your home has because 75% of all drainfield failures occur due to overloading the system with water. Water usage and waste disposal habits are important factors in proper septic tank care.  The purpose of a septic tank is to slow down the flow of waste water enough so that solids can settle to the bottom of the tank. In the septic tank waste separates into 3 layers : Top layer: Scum layer that consists of material lighter than water , like grease, Middle: Effluent, liquid waste. Outlet and inlet baffles are located in the middle of the tank (where the effluent is) so that the top and bottom...

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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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