Septic additives are products that claim to bring benefits to tanks. If your property has a septic system, you may wonder whether you should rely on these supplies to improve the equipment’s functionality. To help you save money and keep your unit working efficiently, here’s all you need to know about these products.
What to Know About Using Septic Additives
How does my system work?
When you flush the toilet or send items down the drain, the water from your fixtures flows into the tank. Once in there, solids sink to the bottom while liquids—including additives—rise to the top. Helpful bacteria break down the solids into sludge, while the liquid effluent flows out through the drain field. A scum layer on top of the effluent is caught in a filter, so it stays inside the tank.
What are the types of additives available?
There are many different types of additives available. Some claim to accelerate the digestion of solids, break up the scum, coagulate the solids to improve settling, clear out clogged drain fields, or reduce odor. Others are supposed to restore bacteria killed by toxic materials, such as chemical cleaning supplies.
Are they necessary?
If your system was professionally installed and receives annual maintenance, you do not need any additives. These do not offer proven benefits, and tanks are designed to function without assistance.
What can I do to keep my system working optimally?
You can avoid the need for additives by taking proper care of your system.
Only flush or drain waste, water, or septic-safe toilet paper. Use less water by installing low-flow fixtures, and running the washing machine or dishwasher with only full loads. Space out laundry loads throughout the week rather than using a lot of water at once. Schedule pumping every three to five years, based on the schedule your septic contractor gives you.
The professionals at Tri County Systems in Rochester, NY, will help you keep your septic system in top shape. They offer pumping and repairs to help you avoid septic problems without the use of additional products. Learn more about what they do on their website and call (585) 467-2550 to schedule an inspection.