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3 Things That Hurt Good Septic Tank Bacteria

Septic Tank Cover On Grass Field
Bacteria and enzymes are constantly trying to keep the balance inside your septic tank. You need good bacteria in your septic tank but you also need to do your part to help the bacteria along. Here are the main ways people keep septic tank bacteria from doing its job.
1. You Are Adding Solids Too Fast
The bacteria and enzymes work constantly, but you can overburden the tank with too many solids. When you add solids faster than the microbes can eat them, your septic tank will fill up with sewage far faster than it should.
You can help your septic tank by lowering or eliminating many of the things you drain and flush. Try to avoid adding oils, grease, detergents, or anything the bacteria can't easily break down.
You don't have to sacrifice your way of living. Just try to stay cognizant of how much is going down your drain. This is especially important if you have a garbage disposal unit. The unit can accept many things your sewer system and septic tank cannot.
Always think before you put anything into the toilet or drain. Some items are too solid and the bacteria can't break it down at all. Other items, such as cigarette butts, will float instead of joining the sludge. Too much of the wrong things in your septic system will damage the tank and likely cause you to need an emergency pumping.
2. You Are Killing the Bacteria
Many things you use normally can kill off bacteria and enzymes. If you don't have enough microbes in the tank, then the buildup of sludge and scum will increase.
The good news is most bacteria can build itself up quickly. However, if you continue to bombard bacteria with things that kill it, rebuilding won't happen properly. Bacteria killers can include:
  • Antibacterial products
  • Bleach and anything toxic
  • Strong cleaners and disinfectants
You can use these things, but you need to find a balance with how much and how frequently you use them.
Additives and products designed to help replenish or replace bacteria also may be unhelpful.  Bacteria colonies grow naturally in your septic tank. Adding unfamiliar enzymes, bacteria, fungus, and microorganisms can severely upset the balance in the tank. You can use these products, but only after speaking with a professional about whether you need them or not.
3. You Are Not Calling Professionals
If left alone, your septic tank should go on operating efficiently for years. You will eventually need to have the tank pumped, but that should only happen every few years in an average household. If your septic tank needs pumping more frequently, don't try to figure the problem out on your own.
If you experience any problems with your septic tank, you should speak with a professional septic service. The service can diagnose issues and let you know how you can prevent them going forward.
Not all septic tank problems have to do with the bacteria and enzymes. You may have a tank that's too small for your growing household. You might need your tank pumped more often or even less often.
Septic services will measure the layers of scum and sludge in your tank and mark them. A later inspection can reveal if the sludge and scum are growing too fast. Unless you really know what you're doing, you should never try to deal with your own septic tank problems. Always call a professional.
The Chuck Keene Septic Tank Pumping Service is a professional septic service that handles septic tank cleaning, inspections, and pumping. For any septic tank questions, concerns, or problems, contact us today.