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What Laundry Detergent Is Best for Manassas, VA Septic Tanks?

If you’re like most septic tank owners, you probably have only a vague idea how the system works. But you want to do the right things to keep it running efficiently. One of the most common questions the technicians here at Advantage Septic Service get is what laundry detergent is best for Manassas, VA, septic tanks.

It’s easy to answer! Many detergents on the market work well in septic tanks. You just need to check the label to make sure the one you buy is septic-friendly. First, make sure it says it is biodegradable. Then see if it says it contains low levels of surfactants.

There are 2 types of surfactants, natural and synthetic. Both of them can work equally well in your septic system. Natural means the oil is plant-based, from palm or coconut oil. Synthetic surfactants are petrochemical-based. The only difference you will notice when you do the laundry is that plant-based products make less suds and foam.

Septic-friendly laundry detergents often cost a bit more than regular types. Consider this an investment in a longer lifespan for your septic system in the future and in a more efficient system right now.

Customers usually want to know the specific names of brands they can buy, so we’ve put together a list of 5. These are easy to find online and in the store, and work well in septic systems. But you aren’t limited to this list. There are many excellent laundry detergents that are suitable for septic tanks. Just be sure to check the label before you buy.

  • Arm & Hammer laundry detergent
  • Mrs. Meyers laundry detergent
  • Amway S-A-B
  • Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
  • Earth Friendly laundry products

Other questions we commonly get asked include what type of toilet paper is best, what can I safely put down the drain, and what can I put down the toilet. Here at Advantage we are happy to answer your questions and concerns. Just ask the technician when he comes out to pump your tank. Or call us here at the office. Our goal is to keep your system in top shape for years to come.

The single most critical thing to do to keep your entire system running efficiently for years to come is get it pumped on a regular basis. The time between clean outs varies depending on how many people use it. For many property owners, it should be done annually, but for others every 2 to 3 years is fine.

Septic system owners often don’t realize that once the tank gets too full, the entire system will eventually fail. That means huge bills for you to repair or even replace the system. You can avoid all this just by arranging for scheduled clean outs, an inexpensive investment that produces huge returns.

Call Advantage Septic Service today to find out what laundry detergent is best for septic tanks in Manassas, VA, and to schedule a pump out.

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