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If you are unable to connect your wastewater to the mains sewage system, having a septic tank is a good alternative for many people. It is essential that, if you have a septic tank, it is regularly emptied, cleaned, and well-maintained to avoid problems such as damage and contamination (and nasty odours!).
Although it is worth getting your septic tank cleaned periodically by a professional company, you can also help to keep it clean yourself, using natural products. This will enable you to help to keep it working effectively and cutting the risk of problems.
With this in mind, here are some ways that you can help to keep your septic tank clean using natural products.
Avoid Using Bleach
Many people use bleach to clean their toilets and sanitary facilities. If you have a septic tank, however, this is not a good idea. The way that septic tanks work, is that the wastewater goes out of the building and into the septic tank. When it is inside the tank, the wastewater separates and bacteria gets to work on helping to decompose the solid waste particles, which can then be drained out into a drainage area.
If you put chemicals like bleach through the toilet and sink, it then runs into the septic tank and can kill the bacteria that is so important to the decomposition process.
A better substance to use to clean your toilet or sanitary facilities is made from equal quantities of baking soda and vinegar.
If you are looking to make your septic tank more effective and speed up the degeneration of the solids within it, flushing yeast down the toilet is a great idea. Flushing the toilet is a safe and quick way to get substances into the septic tank, and yeast will help to boost the number of bacteria in there, speeding up the whole process.
It can also help to ensure that the solid waste that can fill up quickly, decomposes quicker, and help to prevent blockages.
Benefits of Rotten Tomatoes
An alternative to flushing yeast down your toilet is using rotten tomatoes. If you have a food waste pipe that connects to your septic tank, 3-4 rotten tomatoes passed through, roughly every four months should have a similar effect. The rotten tomatoes can promote bacteria growth within the septic tank, giving the all-important bacteria a boost.
You can also crush the rotten tomatoes up into small pieces and flush them down the toilet if you don’t have a food waste pipe.
Avoiding Certain Additives
When you are considering things that you can put into your wastewater system, regardless of the type of septic tank system that you have, there are certain things that you should avoid.
Non-flushable items such as sanitary products, baby wipes, and nappies can be harmful – try to stick to biodegradable items. You should also avoid putting cooking oils, fat, grease, and meat (raw and cooked) down the sink.
By preventing these items from entering your septic tank system, you will help to avoid blockages and, ultimately keep it healthier and problem-free for longer.