bad-odorSeptic cleaning is always a good idea. Despite the nature of a septic system being dirty because of what it’s required to do, it is still a good idea to include septic cleaning on your list of chores. And the good news is, septic cleaning is possible the ‘green’ way.

Septic tanks require a lot of bacteria in order to break down all the sludge and scum that gets inside them. Some companies may try to push harsh chemicals on you as a good way to clean your tank. Don’t give in to the pressure! These harsh chemicals may clean the tank temporarily, but they will also kill the bacteria that are so important for long-term septic maintenance. Without the gradual build-up of bacteria, your tank won’t be able to handle the amount of sludge that comes into the tank.

There are a few things you can do to keep the bacteria alive, but also help clean your tank. Every month, dump a packet of dry yeast into your main line by way of the toilet that is closest to it. The yeast can help to activate the enzymes in the bacteria so they work better. Also consider mixing half a gallon of vinegar and half a gallon of boiling water into the closest drain connected to the mainline. The mixture can help dissolve any grease buildup that may have formed in your septic tank. If trying to keep the environment in mind is important to you, baking soda, salt, hydrogen peroxide or alcohol mixtures are also a good idea for cleaning.

For other suggestions on keeping your tank clean the green way, contact Sam at Brandon Septic.