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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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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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Proper Septic Tank Care When Doing Laundry

Heather M

Not every home in the US has a septic tank system,however, more than 82% of homes have a washing machine, or clothes washer. Many homeowners neglect to properly maintain their septic tank systems, while laundry, the process of washing clothes, has become a typical household chore in America. Washing machines are the standard means by which Americans wash their clothing and linens, to sustain cleanliness and healthy living. What many people do not know is that washing machines are a leading cause of septic system failure. Because washing machines contribute a lot of water, dirt, lint, and detergents to the septic system, making some changes to your laundry routine may prevent costly septic tank problems and promote optimal septic tank care. Just one load of laundry uses 40-60 gallons of water. Overloading your septic tank system with water can cause...

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Regular Septic Maintenance and Septic Tank Treatment Prevents Environmental Hazards

Heather M

Septic tank systems are small on-site waste water treatment facilities that are used in homes where municipal sewage connections are unavailable. Almost 25% of the homes in the US use a septic tank system to treat their waste water. While septic systems are cost efficient alternatives to larger sewage treatment facilities, they are also the largest contributors of waste water to the ground and unfortunately, the main source of ground water contamination. When neglected a septic system can pose serious hazards to the environment and to the health of people closest too it. The waste water that enters a septic system contains dangerous pathogens, bacteria, viruses, parasites (worms and protozoans), and fungi. When maintained properly, a functioning septic system contains microorganisms that will effectively filter, decompose, and remove harmful pathogens before it is returned to the ground. However, when a...

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