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Reasons to Avoid Using Additives In Your Septic System

Last updated 4 years ago

If your home relies on a septic system for waste disposal, it is important to regularly maintain your system. While septic system additives claim to provide a safe and efficient way to clean your septic tank, these harsh chemicals can actually do more harm than good. For the best septic system maintenance, you may instead consider having your septic tank pumped by a professional plumbing service. Let’s take a look at the top reasons to avoid using additives in your septic system.

Additives Are Harmful to the Environment
Septic tank additives are composed of a mixture of toxic chemicals, enzymes, and bacteria. When you place an additive in your septic tank, these substances will begin to dissolve the solid waste that settles to the bottom of the tank. Oftentimes, however, additives will cause the amount of harmful bacteria to dramatically increase in your septic system. Once the bacteria levels in your septic system reach a certain level, they will begin to enter the surrounding drainage field. These bacteria can spread to the water in the surrounding areas, causing devastating environmental impact to people, plants, and animals.

Additives Disrupt Your System
In order to function properly, your septic system relies on a natural balance of good bacteria. Inside the tank, these bacteria work to slowly break down the solid sediment at the bottom of the tank. When additives are introduced to your tank, this balance is disrupted, causing bathroom waste to overflow into your pipes and drainage field. To ensure that your septic system remains in proper working shape, you should have your tank pumped whenever it becomes filled.

When your septic system is in need of routine maintenance, contact Expert Plumbing Service. Our master plumbers offer a full range of home plumbing services, from septic systems to sump pumps and much more. Call our location in the Joliet and New Lenox areas at (708) 231-4792 to make an appointment for your septic system today. 

 

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