Everything You Need to Know About Septic Tank Cleaners
What are septic tank safe cleaners to use in my Ashburn VA house? That, or questions very similar to it, is something we get asked on a fairly regular basis from our clients. We can understand where questions like these come from because when it comes to cleaning the septic tank system, many owners think of doing it themselves by using readily available cleaners that they feel are safe. This is especially true when you haven’t pumped out your septic system for a while. This is why we would like to give you some vital information on the consequences of using such cleaners.
Household Chemical Cleaners
These are what most people use when it comes to septic tank cleaning because they think that as chemical cleaners such as detergents, soaps, and bleach do a great job of cleaning their clothes, kitchens, and bathrooms, they’ll also keep their septic tank clean. However, this is not true. If used within certain limits, these chemicals may not adversely affect your septic tank, groundwater around the tank, or the environment. However, if you purposefully let these chemicals go into your septic tank, they can cause harmful effects on the living microorganisms in your tank. This can slow down the natural process of breaking down the solid waste in your tank and can lead to frequent blockages. You may require to pump out your tank more frequently as a result.
Disinfectants are commonly used in households to clean kitchens and bathrooms because they can kill the harmful bacteria that may be present in these spaces. Many homeowners are under the impression that these disinfectants can be used to clean their septic tanks as well. However, like chemical cleaners, disinfectants also kill the microorganisms in your septic tank when used in large quantities. The only difference is that when compared to chemical cleaners, disinfectants have a minimal impact on the surrounding groundwater and environment of your septic tank.
Septic Tank Additives
Septic tank additives may seem to be an appealing choice for many homeowners when it comes to their septic tank cleaning. These are often packaged in brightly colored boxes and promises to eliminate fat and grease in your tank and keep it clean. Some of these products contain bacterial “starters,” which are supposed to improve the health of the bacterial colonies in a septic tank, while others promise to fight the presence of fat and grease present in the tank. However, in reality, these additives mostly don’t do anything, and your septic tank system can work fine without them.
So What Is Your Best Option?
The answer is, rather than using a household chemical cleaner, disinfectants, or septic tank additives to clean your septic tank, it is always better to hire a septic specialist, like Advantage Septic Service, to keep your system clean. In this way you can be sure that your septic tank system won’t give you trouble when you least expect it.