According to the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) “More than one in five households in the United States depend on individual onsite or small community cluster systems (septic systems) to treat their wastewater.”
Proper maintenance is important to the life of your septic system. There are several things that a homeowner can do to keep their septic system healthy and promote its longevity. Adding a septic enzyme treatment regularly is one them.
Septic tank treatments can be called many names – septic tank enzymes, septic tank additives, septic system treatment, and bacterial treatments to name a few.
What does septic treatment do?
Bacteria is found naturally in all septic tanks. It comes from the organic waste flushed into the septic system. However, not all bacteria are created equal. The “good” bacteria is often killed by many common household products such as bleach, chemicals in cleaners, and anti-bacterial soaps. A good septic treatment will add good bacteria back into the septic tank.
Allgood’s septic enzyme treatment contain live bacteria. The water soluble packets break down the organic solid waste and grease to help the septic system function properly and eliminate odor. The aerobic and anaerobic bacteria digest grease, fats, oils, protein, starch and carbohydrates. When mixed with water, they go to work, breaking down these waste products into smaller and smaller pieces. Each of Allgood’s enzyme treatments are packaged in convenient pre-measured dissolvable packets that are easy to by flushing down the commode once a month.
Do septic tank enzymes really work?
Yes! We have always believed in the benefits of Allgood’s enzyme treatment and recently we witnessed the importance in a short time frame. Here’s a real life example.
A customer who houses people recovering from various addictions was maximizing their septic system and were not keeping their septic system maintenanced. In a situation with many occupants, it may be necessary to have the septic tank pumped out more frequently compared to a house with 2-5 people. The occupants’ daily routine includes cooking three meals, washing dishes, showers, laundry, etc. The results were a thick hard scum layer that was over 2′ thick. The Allgood technician put a year’s worth of enzymes into the tank to let the enzymes start working on the thick layer and returned 3 weeks later to pump the tank. The scum layer was completely broken down and the tank could be maintenance as needed.
More information on septic system maintenance
Regular maintenance will help ensure your home’s septic system will last. Septic treatments are NOT a replacement for pumping and are one part of keeping your system healthy. As seen in the graphic below, the sludge builds up at the bottom of the tank and needs to be removed, as does the scum layer at the top of the tank. The only thing that should flow out of the septic tank and into the drain field is effluent, or waste water. If the tank is not maintenanced properly the sludge or scum layer could flow out into the drain field and cause costly problems.
Start today-get on a schedule
If it’s been three or more years since your septic tank was pumped out or you are not sure when the last service was performed, we highly recommend having it inspected and pumped. Taking this step will put you on a regular maintenance schedule.
Allgood customers receive a free service – the Reminder Program. Once we have serviced your septic system you will be placed in our system and will be automatically reminded when it’s time for your next pumping.
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