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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