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Apr 19, 2024

Ways To Increase Bacteria In Septic Tank Naturally

The natural bacteria in a septic tank play a critical role in waste breakdown. A healthy balance of natural bacteria keeps a septic tank functioning as it should. Without a sufficient amount of these useful bacteria, you run the risk of septic tank failure. It is, therefore, your responsibility to increase the populations of bacteria in your septic tank.

Here at Rooter Man Plumbing, we are committed to helping our customers keep their septic systems in top shape. We pride ourselves on providing high-quality septic services, including septic tank installation, septic tank repair, septic system maintenance, and many more. If you’re looking for a top-rated company to help you keep your septic tank in good working condition, look no further than Rooter Man Plumbing. In this article, we will discuss some of the ways to increase good bacteria in a septic tank.

  • Flush 1/2 Cup of Dry Baking Yeast Down Your Toilet Every 3 Months

A small amount of yeast can introduce beneficial bacteria to your septic tank. However, too much yeast can cause foaming and disrupt the system. Limit it to a quarter cup every few months, and avoid using it more frequently.

  • Pour Diluted Vinegar Down Your Drains Occasionally

Similar to dry baking yeast, a diluted vinegar solution poured down the drain occasionally can help clear out minor clogs and create a slightly more bacteria-friendly environment. However, avoid frequent use, as it can also affect the tank's pH balance.

  • Keep Up With Proper Maintenance of Your Septic Tank

This is the foundation for a healthy septic tank. Schedule septic tank pumping and septic tank cleaning regularly to remove accumulated solids, sludge, and scum. Healthy bacteria populations in a septic tank thrive by consuming the organic matter that enters from your home's drains. By removing the built-up waste, septic tank pumping and cleaning create more space for fresh organic material to enter the tank, providing a new food source for the existing bacteria. In a way, septic pumping and septic tank cleaning create a more efficient environment for the existing bacteria to function.

  • Use Water Judiciously

Overloading your septic system with excessive water usage can flush out essential bacteria and hinder their growth. In addition, too much water can overwhelm the drain field, resulting in backups and slow drains. Conserve water by taking shorter showers, fixing leaky faucets, and spreading out laundry loads.

What To Avoid

  • Don’t Use Septic Tank Additives

In most cases, a healthy septic tank with a good bacterial balance doesn't require additives. These products can disrupt the natural bacterial ecosystem and cause more harm than good.

  • Do Not Use Bleach In Your Toilet or Drains

Bleach kills bacteria, including the good bacteria needed to break down waste in your septic tank. This can lead to a buildup of waste and potential clogs.

  • Avoid Using Anti-Bacterial Soaps

Antibacterial soaps contain ingredients designed to kill a broad spectrum of bacteria, including the beneficial bacteria that reside in your septic tank. Instead of using antibacterial soaps, opt for regular and natural cleaning products.

  • Never Put Non-Flushable Items Down Your Toilet

Avoid flushing items such as wet wipes, diapers, feminine hygiene products, condoms, and medications. These items not only hinder healthy bacterial growth, but they can also clog your septic system.

Professional Septic Services

Are you looking for a reputable septic company that offers top-notch septic services? Reach out to Rooter Man Plumbing. For 40+ years, we’ve built an outstanding reputation for offering exceptional septic services, including septic tank installation, septic tank repair, drain field installation, drain field repair, and many more. Contact us today, and let’s help you keep your septic system in top shape.


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