Are you wondering if septic tank additives are actually worth the hype? Many homeowners use extra additives in an attempt to improve their septic system’s efficiency, but there is little evidence to prove they deliver on all the promises their advocates make.
What are septic tank additives?
Tank additives come in 3 primary forms – biological, organic, and inorganic. The purpose of these additives is to “aid” your septic tank’s process of breaking down waste using natural bacteria. The problem is, some additives are too strong and they actually kill the good bacteria your septic tank produces. Other additives simply “boost” the amount of good bacteria in your septic tank.
How do additives affect your septic tank?
Research says that many septic tank additives do very little (if anything at all) to improve the performance of your overall system. Some can even harm the functionality of your septic tank. However, some additives do have benefits for your septic system.
For example, some additives help boost the natural bacterial treatment of your wastewater. As long as it’s the right kind of additive, this can aid an overworked septic system during times of high use, such as big parties.
At best, additives can slightly increase your septic system’s performance, and at worst, they can significantly lower it. Before investing in something that may not work, it’s a good idea for you to consult a professional and figure out exactly how the additives will help you.
How can you improve the efficiency of your septic system?
While septic additives aren’t a cure-all in the first place, they’re entirely pointless if you don’t do the following things for your septic system.
1. Watch what you flush.
The only things you should be flushing down your toilet are wastewater and toilet paper. Do not flush baby wipes, paper towels, feminine products, or anything else down your toilet. These items can clog your pipes and result in costly repairs. Extra additives won’t do much to help you if you aren’t treating the system with care.
2. Check your system regularly.
While there’s no need to perform a daily, in-depth study of your septic system, you should periodically check up on it to ensure everything is running smoothly. Don’t just assume it’s doing its job without giving it a glance every once in awhile.
3. Schedule routine maintenance.
Finally, the most important thing you can do for your septic system is to schedule cleanings by a licensed professional. Routine maintenance simply ensures that potential problems are caught early, before they have time to do more damage and rack up expenses. Take the time to find a company who cares about your home comfort.
Norway Septic Inc. is a service-oriented company dedicated to providing excellent septic tank cleaning and septic tank pumping services to homeowners and business owners in the Michiana area. We take pride in doing the job that others leave behind. If you have further questions or if you would like to schedule a system inspection by one of our professionals, call us today.