Are Septic Tank Additives Good or Bad?

Nov 08, 2022

Are Septic Tank Additives Good or Bad?

There is a long-standing debate on the effectiveness of septic tank additives and whether they are safe for septic tanks. Some septic experts advise against using septic tank additives, and some believe that they are not harmful. So what’s the truth? To find the truth, let’s divide septic additives into two categories: biological additives and chemical additives.

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Biological additives

Biological additives are made from natural bacteria, enzymes, and yeasts. These additives are meant to enhance the existing bacteria and microbes in the septic tank and reactivate dormant septic tanks. Biological additives are safe for your septic tank and the environment. Even though biological additives won’t harm your septic system, they are unnecessary because your septic tank gets all the natural bacteria it needs from the incoming waste. If your septic tank is overwhelmed, you need to reduce water use, have it pumped out more often, and have a professional septic technician perform a comprehensive inspection to find out if there are any problems. In some cases, your septic system may be overwhelmed due to improper septic installations or an incorrect design.

Chemical additives

Chemical additives are made from organic solvents and inorganic compounds such as acids and alkalis to help break down the sludge, control odor, and unclog septic system pipes. While chemical additives have been advertised as an alternative to septic tank pumping, you should avoid using them because they are not effective and they can harm your septic system in the following ways:

  • They will kill the natural bacteria in your septic tank and cause more problems, including frequent clogs
  • They will corrode septic system pipes
  • They will disrupt the performance and effectiveness of your septic tank

Do I Need to Use Septic Tank Additives?

Healthy septic tanks already have natural bacteria and microbes that support the biological breakdown of waste. You can add biological additives if you think your septic tank is overwhelmed, but these additives are not necessary.

How to Care for Your Septic Tank

  • Have a reputable septic company inspect your septic tank regularly
  • Pump your septic tank as needed
  • Be careful about what you flush down your drains
  • Avoid using chemical drain cleaners
  • Keep your septic tank lids closed and secured
  • Reduce your water consumption—excessive water use can overwhelm your septic tank

Call Septic Blue of Charlotte to Help You Maintain a Healthy Septic System

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