Maintaining Your Septic Tank Without Chemicals

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Many people living in areas where a city-wide plumbing system isn't available rely on septic tanks to manage their waste. If you have a septic tank, you know how important regular maintenance can be when it comes to keeping your tank working properly.

Rather than buying chemicals to help maintain your septic tank, here are three alternative products that can be used to keep your septic system running smoothly.

1. Baker's Yeast

The bacteria found in baker's yeast don't need oxygen to survive, making this household product a great additive for your septic tank. Bacteria help to break down solid wastes into simpler components, which can then be absorbed in your septic field to prevent your tank from filling too quickly.

All you need to do is mix two packets of baker's yeast with 2 cups of sugar, 3 cups of warm water, and 2 cups of cornmeal. Then, cover the mixture and let it sit until it begins to froth. Pour the frothy mixture into the toilet nearest your septic tank, and flush two times. Repeating this process every 3 to 6 months can help you better manage waste in your septic tank without relying on harsh chemicals.

2. Distilled White Vinegar

If you use your garbage disposal, food residue can build up in your septic system and cause mold growth and odors. Instead of reaching for a chemical cleaner to get rid of mold or odors that could kill off the good bacteria in your septic system, try using distilled white vinegar to eliminate these problems instead.

Once a week, pour a cup of distilled white vinegar down your drains. Let the vinegar sit for about 30 minutes, then flush with water. Regular use of distilled white vinegar in your drains can eliminate a lot of the mold and odors present in your septic system, saving you money on maintenance costs in the future.

3. Baking Soda

The chemical cleaners you use to keep your sinks and toilets sanitary could be harming your septic system. Chemicals can kill off the bacteria responsible for processing waste in your septic system, resulting in a buildup of solid waste that could backup your septic tank.

Try using baking soda as a cleaning agent instead of harsh chemicals to keep your septic system in working condition. Mixing a fourth cup of baking soda with half a cup of vinegar and two tablespoons of lemon will create a cleaning solvent that won't harm your septic system.

Maintaining your septic system without chemicals doesn't have to be difficult. Use baker's yeast to promote healthy bacteria growth, distilled white vinegar to eliminate mold and odors, and baking soda to keep your sinks and toilets clean without compromising your septic system.

For more information about septic systems, contact a company like SOS Septic Inc.

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