Today, the market for septic tank additives is huge, and if you own a septic system, there have probably been times when you’ve wondered if they could help with your septic system maintenance efforts. While these additives are marketed to “rejuvenate” your septic system and help with the decomposition of organic matter, this is not always the case. In fact, as long as you are getting your septic system pumped on a regular basis, there is really no reason why you would need to use these additives.
Just like septic tank additives, adding certain chemicals to your septic tank may limit your septic system maintenance efforts. As part of this, we want you to keep the following septic system maintenance tips in mind:
- Limit household cleaner use—Although small amounts of household cleaners won’t necessarily harm your septic system, large amounts will. For this reason, never dump household cleaners directly down the drain and limit your use of them when possible.
- Do not use drain cleaners—Drain cleaners and other types of solvents can harm the delicate bacterial balance in your septic tank. If one of your drains is clogged, it’s probably best to turn to a professional plumber for help.
Always read the directions—When you use, store, and dispose of household cleaners in the proper manner, you can preserve the functionality of your septic tank. Whenever you use a chemical product, make sure you always look at the label before you do anything else.