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.

Featured photo credit: Meade Septic Design Inc. via

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.


3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.


Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:


Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.


8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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