Septic tank treatment
Commonly, people forget about their septic tank and its care just because it is buried under the ground. They don’t give it much importance until problems arise. In the end, they have to spend a lot of money on repairing and curing problems.
The septic tank is used to treat wastewater coming down from home. In-tank there are present bacterial microorganisms that dissolve and decompose the solid wastes in the water. Then the waste-free water flows to the drain field or leach field through perforated pipes. The soil present in the drain field further cleans the water. The clean water then enters into the groundwater.
For efficient performance, a tank must be cleaned every three to five years. However, besides the cleaning septic tank treatment is also important to boost the performance of bacteria. These bacterial microorganisms are responsible for the digestion and decomposition of solid wastes. The more they are powerful, the more efficiently tank will perform. Monthly septic treatment is recommended for the efficient working of a septic system.
Types of Septic Tank Treatments
We have prepared a list of treatments for your septic system. However, some of these products may be banned by your local government. Because they are damaging your septic system and environment. Also, causing groundwater pollution. So it’s important to determine the type of treatment before using it.
The inorganic acids or alkalis are consist of compounds with strong powerful nature like sulfuric acid. These compounds are capable of destroying any clog in the drain or throughout the system. But their corrosive nature will cause damage to your septic system. As you know, there are bacterial microorganisms present in the tank that are responsible for the decomposition of solids. These powerful acids kill those bacteria resulting in slowing down or ending the process of decomposition. As a result, the sludge levels rise beyond the limits and the sludge gets into the drain field pipes. It results in the clogging of the drain field area that needs costly repairs at the end.
Hydrogen Peroxide treatment:
Regarding the health of bacterial organisms in the tank, hydrogen peroxide does not cause any harm to them. That’s why it was recommended by many septic companies in the past. But recent searches show that however it does not affect bacteria in the tank, but it does degrade the soil of the drain field. As a result, the long-lasting life of soil decreases, and the soil cannot absorb clean water. Due to its effects on the drain field area, it is also not a good treatment option at all.
Organic Solvents treatment:
Another treatment option for a septic tank is organic solvents. Just the same way as hydrogen peroxide these solvents will break down the clogs in the system. But they negatively affect the bacterial environment in the tank. Also, with the wastewater, they run into the drain field from where they absorb into the soil. After that, they went down and add up to groundwater causing severe pollution.
Generally, these solvents consist of methylene chloride, trichloroethylene, and other chlorinated hydrocarbons. They can easily break down grease and oil clogs. As a septic tank treatment option they are great. But due to their negative effect on the bacterial environment and groundwater, they are banned in many regions.
Biological Additives treatment:
Biological additives are the only treatment without any side effects. Usually, biological additives are extracellular enzymes or bacteria. These are the only type of treatment having no side on bacterial population, drain field, or groundwater. They boost the efficiency of bacterial microorganisms in the tank and as a result digestion process boosts up. They work in a totally natural way by increasing the bacterial environment. The specific enzymes in them are responsible for the breakdown of solid wastes and scum buildup in the tank. However, use them according to the recommendations of manufacturers. Otherwise, if excessive methane gas accumulated in the tank it will lead to the accumulation of sludge into the drain field. Results into the clogging of the drain field.
Common FAQs about Septic Tank Treatment
Before you select any treatment for your septic system, read out some of the frequently asked questions. UAESTC has arranged a few questions so that you will be confident while selecting treatment for your tank.
How often do I need a septic tank treatment?
It totally depends upon the type of treatment you are going to use and its manufacturer’s recommendations. However, it’s recommended to use proper treatment on the monthly basis. Furthermore, pump out your tank every 2 – 3 years for efficient working.
Is there any side effect of using too much septic tank treatment?
Absolutely yes! However, the types of side effects depend upon the type of treatment you use. For instance, if too much inorganic acids or organic solvents treatment is used, they will kill bacteria. Resulting in the slowing down or diminishing breakdown process. Similarly, the hydrogen peroxide will not affect the bacteria, but it will reduce the ability of soil in the drain field to absorb water.
On the other hand, using too many biological additives will increase the efficiency of bacteria in the tank. Resulting in the much faster breakdown of solid wastes in the tank. Also, it will increase the buildup of methane gas in the tank. This gas pushes the waste into the drain field area causing the drain field to clog.
How to increase the life of a septic tank?
There are few simple steps that can increase the life span of your septic system. Firstly, conserve as much water as you can. As much water you conserve, it will give much time to your tank for water treatment. Secondly, properly dispose of your waste. Don’t dispose of all the garbage into your tank. Also, avoid dumping inorganic products like diapers, tissue papers, or hygiene products. Moreover, avoid putting strong chemicals, oils, or greasy products down the toilet or drain. Lastly, do a regular inspection of the tank and pumping of waste for efficient working of the tank.
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