As a homeowner with a septic system, it’s important to know what you can and cannot put into it. While it may be tempting to use chemicals or other products to keep your system running smoothly, the truth is that many of these products can actually do more harm than good. In this blog, we’ll discuss the dangers of using unnecessary chemicals in your septic system and provide some tips for keeping your system healthy and functioning properly.
In a traditional septic system, when you flush your toilet or run water down your drains, it all goes into the septic tank. The tank is designed to separate solids from liquids, with the solids settling to the bottom and the liquids flowing out into the drain field. Anaerobic bacteria in the tank breaks down the solids over time, but the process is delicate and easily disrupted.
Aerobic septic systems, on the other hand, utilize oxygen to promote the growth of aerobic bacteria, which are more efficient at breaking down waste. In this system, the wastewater is treated in multiple stages. First, it enters a pre-treatment tank where solids settle, similar to a traditional septic tank. Then, the partially treated wastewater moves to an aeration chamber, where air is pumped in to facilitate the growth of aerobic bacteria, which break down the waste more quickly and thoroughly. Finally, the treated water is usually disinfected, often through chlorination or UV treatment, before being released into a drain field or other dispersal area.
Both traditional and aerobic septic systems require proper maintenance to ensure their efficiency and longevity. Understanding the differences in their functionality will help you care for your system accordingly, preventing issues and keeping it running smoothly.
This is where chemicals can come into play. Many homeowners use chemical drain cleaners, detergents, and other products in an effort to keep their septic systems running smoothly. However, these products can actually kill off the bacteria in your tank, disrupting the delicate balance and making it harder for your system to function properly. Additionally, some chemicals can corrode your pipes, causing leaks and other problems.
So, what can you do to keep your septic system healthy without relying on chemicals? Here are a few tips:
- Be mindful of what you flush down the toilet or drain. Only human waste and toilet paper should go in the toilet, and only water and a small amount of soap should go down the drain. Don’t flush or pour anything else, including paper towels, feminine hygiene products, coffee grounds, grease, or oil.
- Use natural cleaning products instead of harsh chemicals. There are many natural products on the market that are safe for septic systems, such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. These products won’t harm your system or kill off the bacteria in your tank.
- Get your tank pumped regularly. Even if you’re careful about what you put in your septic system, solids will still build up over time. Getting your tank pumped every 3-5 years will remove these solids and keep your system functioning properly.
At JT Septic Co, we’re dedicated to providing our customers with the tools and knowledge they need to keep their septic systems healthy and functioning properly. We offer a range of services, including septic tank pumping, inspections, and repairs. Our team of experienced professionals can help you understand how your septic system works and provide advice for keeping it in top condition.
If you’re concerned about the health of your septic system, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (918) 406-5620. We’re here to help and answer any questions you may have.