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Septic Tank Additives: 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Waste The Money

A lot of people swear by septic tank additives and use them regularly. Marketed as products that improve septic function and prevent backups, these products are generally flushed right down the toilet. While there's no evidence that these products harm septic systems, there's no evidence that they help them either. In fact, septic systems that contain additives need just as much maintenance as those that do not. Because they are considered to be a waste of money, most plumbers do not recommend putting additives into your septic tank. Following are a few reasons why. 

Waste Promotes Bacteria Growth

The premise of septic system additives is that they put beneficial bacteria into your septic tank that helps breaks down waste and keep your system running smoothly. However, you don't need to put more bacteria in your system. Your waste holds all the bacteria your septic tank will ever need. All you have to do to maintain a good amount of bacteria in your septic tank is to go to the bathroom regularly. If you're doing anything more than that, you're overdoing it. 

You Can Preserve Bacteria

If you put certain items, such as detergents, grease and medications, into your septic system, you may disrupt the natural bacterial balance in your tank. You should also avoid putting chemicals in your tank, such as paint and pesticides, for the same reason. If you're careful about what you put into your tank, it will maintain a healthy balance of bacteria and run smoothly without any help from you or anyone else. The only things that should go into your septic system are waste and septic-safe toilet paper.

Additives Don't Replace Pumping

Septic tanks need to be pumped every three to five years. Putting an additive in your tank won't prolong the need for regular maintenance and pumping one bit. You see, your septic tank is designed to trap solids while allowing fluids to pass through, which results in the buildup of sludge in the tank. The sludge must be physically removed from the tank to avoid a sewage backup and/or septic tank failure. 

As you can see, your septic system was designed to work quite well on its own without any help from you or an additive. As long as you avoid putting things down your septic system that shouldn't go there and get your tank pumped regularly, your septic system will run smoothly for years to come. 

For more information, contact a company like E & F Septic Tank.