If you’re trying to make your home as eco-friendly as possible, you may wonder whether your septic system is good for the environment. The good news is that this equipment is part of a healthy ecosystem. Your septic tank relies on naturally occurring bacteria to function properly and protect the surrounding soil and groundwater. The following guide explains how you can make your system even greener.
Understand How the Equipment Works
Every septic system is made of two components: a septic tank and a disposal area. These are responsible for treating and getting rid of everything that comes down the drain, from the toilet, tub, laundry machine, dishwasher, and garbage disposal. In the septic tank, buoyant materials like hair and grease will rise to the top. Solid waste sinks to the bottom, where it is broken down by bacteria. These microorganisms flourish in the tank environment and make the waste material clean and safe enough to be released back into the soil.
Use Green Cleaning Products
Harsh chemicals like bleaches, disinfectants, drain cleaners, antibacterial soaps, paint, and discarded medications can all kill septic bacteria. Fortunately, there is a large variety of environmentally friendly cleaning products available at most grocery and home goods stores.
You can also use products you already have in the house to clean areas like the kitchen and bathroom. Vinegar is a natural way to disinfect, and baking soda is a powerful odor eliminator. Hydrogen peroxide can kill mildew on tile, keeping your home clean and fresh. Isopropyl alcohol removes fingerprints from stainless steel, and salt can be used to remove residue from cutting boards, pots and pans, and pet bowls. All of these alternative cleaning products are environmentally friendly and will not harm the bacteria in your septic tank.
Avoid Putting Inappropriate Materials Down the Drain
Septic maintenance is all about keeping the tank’s bacteria happy and healthy. Solid waste like cigarette butts, coffee grounds, cooking grease, cat litter, and feminine hygiene products should never be thrown down the drain.The bacteria can’t break these substances down, leading to blockages and microorganism death that prevent the septic tank from working properly.
Following these tips will make your septic maintenance routine more eco-friendly. If you need help with a major service like pumping, you can count on Patterson Septic Service. They’ve been Jackson Center, PA’s authority on septic tanks and systems since 1987. No problem is too large for them to handle, and they always offer affordable prices. To learn more about their septic service and maintenance, give them a call at (724) 662-3996 or visit their website.