“Green” Septic Cleaning

“Green” Septic Cleaning

Septic cleaning is necessary and important to keep your septic system flowing nicely. Drain field rejuvenation and mainline replacement can be very costly fixes to a septic system failure. Septic cleaning should be something you consider doing frequently, and it’s possible to do it “green.” Doing so is not only good for the environment, but also is the best way to keep your tank functioning properly.

Septic tanks require a lot of bacteria inside to break down the stuff that enters the tank. Putting any sort of harsh chemicals into your tank is a bad idea, as these chemicals can instantly kill the bacteria in the tank, making it impossible for the tank to do its job. Grease, gasoline, paint thinners, bleach, and pesticides are just some of the chemicals that have been known to get into septic tanks and cause huge problems. Some companies may promote some of these chemicals to help clean your tank, but they are all quick, superficial fixes that can cause more harm than good. In lieu of septic tank pumping, septic cleaning can be done by introducing more aggressive bacteria into your tank. These bacteria are safe for the environment.

There are also a few “green” things you can do on a monthly basis to keep your tank functioning properly. Every month, you can dump a packet of dry yeast down into the toilet that is closest to the main line. The yeast activates the enzymes in the bacteria to help them function better. You can also mix ½ gallon of vinegar with ½ gallon of scalding hot water and dump that in the closest drain to the mainline. These will help to dissolve or melt away any grease or build-up that may have accumulated.

Consider replacing dangerous chemical cleaners around your house with non-toxic alternatives, such as baking soda, salt, isopropyl alcohol and hydrogen peroxide solutions. These are environmentally safe and are beneficial to your septic system. Septic cleaning is possible to do while keeping the environment in mind. You will also save money in the long run, as replacing and fixing clogged septic tanks is very expensive. Call us today at Mathis & Sons Septic to inspect your tank and offer you tips on how to keep your septic cleaning “green.”