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A few weeks ago, my husband and I met with a general contractor. We talked with this professional about building an addition onto our small home. At this time, he informed us about a problem with our septic tank. We learned we would have to relocate a couple of septic lines before construction could begin on our home. Are you considering building an addition onto your house or business? Before you get too far along in this complex process, think about consulting with someone from a reputable septic service in your area. An expert from a septic service can inform you if your current septic tank will be large enough to accommodate the addition. On this blog, I hope you will discover the most common tasks performed by septic services. Enjoy!


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How To Disinfect A Septic Tank

Debra Chapman

Bleach and similar products are the first things most people will reach for when they need to disinfect anything in their home. Unfortunately, if what you're trying to disinfect is your septic system, such products are probably the worst possible options.

Many commercial products will kill not just the harmful bacteria, but also the helpful bacteria that enable the septic system to serve its purpose. This will reduce the effectiveness of your system, causing many issues. Therefore, to disinfect your septic tank, you'll need to take a different approach.

Use Home Remedies

Many people have become accustomed to the idea that there's a product in the store for any need they have. This, unfortunately, means that many people don't realize some of the solutions they need are already in their homes.

When it comes to cleaning, baking soda missed with some other ingredients is a powerful cleaning agent that can leave your tubs, toilets, drains and sinks sparkling clean. Despite its powerful cleaning properties, baking soda doesn't have the helpful bacteria in your septic tank.

Mix a ¼ cup of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and ½cup of vinegar. This solution will clean your fixtures and also disinfect your septic system while causing a lot less harm than bleach.

Use Septic Friendly Disinfectants

The problem of using regular cleaning and disinfecting products on septic tanks is one that has been known for a long time. In that time, a lot of research has been done and there are companies that now produce cleaning and disinfecting products that will be a lot friendlier to your tank.

If home remedies are not your style, next time you go to a store, look for products that are marked 'septic friendly'. You should also do some research online to be sure that the products work as required.

Use Cleaning Products in Moderation

Many regular cleaning products are harmful to your septic system. However, the system is not so sensitive such that it will completely fail the first time you use bleach or some other conventional cleaning product.

Septic systems can tolerate a small amount of bleach and other cleaning products. Therefore, if you find yourself with limited options, you can use regular cleaning products. It's important to, however, do this in moderation. Try and limit the amount of cleaning product that goes down the drain when you're cleaning other parts of the home. You may also want to 'recharge' the helpful bacteria in the tank.

For professional help, contact a company like Eckmayer Inc.