Things You Don’t Know About Septic Tank Treatments

Things You Don’t Know About Septic Tank Treatments

For people who own septic tanks, maintaining and cleaning said tank in the right manner can make a big difference when it comes to functionality, efficiency, and what it’s able to do for you.

Treating the tank correctly is important if you wish for a long-lasting and trouble-free septic tank. Consequently, it can help you save thousands of dollars, as you wouldn’t have to keep on calling professional septic tank cleaners to do the job.

The problem is that a majority of people aren’t aware of the methods through which they should clean their tanks.

What professionals have to say

For the maintenance of septic tanks, it’s recommended that the tanks should be cleaned after every two to three years so that the collected solids are removed. However, private companies have come up with a better solution.


They recommend using cheap additives on a daily basis so that customers don’t need pumping, which is relatively expensive, frequently. Moreover, using an additive provides a quick fix for numerous problems.

Using such products can serve as an alternative for numerous costly repairs. There are various treatments available for septic tanks, and a few of them are mentioned below.

1. Septic tank additives

These additives are known by different names like septic tank enhancers, cleaners, rejuvenators, and restorers. These chemicals are of two kinds; chemical additives, and biological additives.

2. Chemical additives

These are marketed as chemicals which can be used to open up drains that have been clogged, and to promote the break-up of oil and grease. Chemical additives also consist of active ingredients such as sulfuric acid, which is highly corrosive and can lead to structural damage of the septic tank.


Moreover, it is a widely known fact that exposing groundwater and soil to harsh chemicals such as sulfuric acid can cause harm to the environment. The bottom line is that currently, chemical additives only have a limited use.

Chemical treatments including additives as well as toxic acids are usually alternative treatments that only provide you with a short term solution.

Using chemicals can kill off bacteria that are needed to keep the septic tank clean. Using chemicals will only provide you with a temporary reduction of scum, solids, clogs, and sludge.

However, the problem is that this only lasts as long as the treatment remains active and concentrated.


3. Biological additives

Biological additives are made up of yeast, enzymes, and bacteria. Such additives function as starter agents in entirely new septic tank systems.

Moreover, they are used to increase the efficiency of the process through which solids are broken. Most commonly, biological additives are marketed as routine maintenance products and are flushed down the toilet either monthly or weekly to make sure that the balance of the septic system is maintained.

4. Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide varies from chemical additives found in the market. Hydrogen peroxide, in reality, is quite a versatile compound because of the numerous uses it has.

Not only is it used as a disinfectant, but it can also be used as a cleaning agent, and is very effective in getting rid of the disease-causing bacteria in the septic tank.


5. Shock treatments

One other common method of septic treatment is high bacterial shock treatments. These are primarily used for septic systems that have stopped functioning, or in the ones whose efficiency is low.

The shock treatment causes the digestion process to start again by breaking down the solid sludge and the bio mat. As a result, the system is restored and drain field lines go back to their original condition.

The process of using this sort of bacterial shock treatment is becoming increasingly common, with it being inexpensive playing a role.

As a result, saving failing septic tanks is becoming easier, and it helps save a significant amount of money since the drain field, and the septic tank, doesn’t need to be replaced.

Moreover, the bacteria in the septic tank will continue to multiply and will establish a healthy septic environment.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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