The Best and Worst Septic Cleaning Products

Picking the best or avoiding the worst septic cleaning products is critical to maintaining a healthy septic system. Your home or business septic system is dependent on vibrant, active bacteria to keep your septic tank healthy and your system running tirelessly. Next to regular pumping and maintenance, avoiding corrosive, bacteria-killing products is probably the most important aspect of keeping your septic system running smoothly.

Here’s a quick list of the common household septic cleaning products to avoid when you have a septic system:

 

1. Ammonia and Bleach

It’s OK to use a small amount of either of these cleaners, although it’s better for your overall septic health to avoid them. But certainly use it sparingly – the same bacteria you want it to kill in your sink and clothes washing machine is actually a positive thing in your septic tank. While small amounts won’t affect the bacteria in your tank too much, it’s a good thing to keep in mind.

2. Laundry Detergent and Dishwasher Detergent

It’s smart to purchase septic-safe or all-natural dishwasher and laundry detergent, which has grown in popularity in recent years and is a very effective cleaning agent. Most standard detergents have scary-sounding chemicals such as phosphates and surfactants, which can contaminate your local water sources through your drain field. This can kill fish, harm wildlife and even make it back into your drinking water.

3. Drain Cleaner

Like bleach and ammonia, small, occasional uses of drain cleaner will not impact your septic tank. But if you have old, troublesome pipes and find yourself reaching for the Draino bottle on a regular basis, it might be time to do some plumbing work instead. The risk of killing your septic system’s bacteria and causing a costly repair is significant.

 

What to Use Instead

While there are many septic additives containing bacteria and enzymes available for purchase, a healthy body produces waste rich in bacteria. Therefore, every time you flush, you are adding the right bacteria to your septic system! The best thing you can do for your septic in addition to pumping and maintenance is to stay healthy, and avoid flushing or running down the drains bacteria-killing chemicals.

 

If you need assistance or maintenance on your system contact Shankster Bros at (260) 982 – 7111

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