Posted on 9/21/2015
septic tank additives libertyville There’s a certain incentive to “DIY” a lot of household issues. Maintaining a septic tank, however, requires some expert knowledge. Yourseptic system is essentially a self-contained wastewater treatment plant, and improper maintenance can cause more than just plumbing problems. Poisoned groundwater, sickened wildlife, and foul smells are all the potential results of a misguided attempt to maintain or improve a septic system yourself. In particular, septic tank additives are often at the root of a malfunctioning septic tank.

How Septic Tanks Work

Septic tanks provide a number of waste treatment functions. They create a closed system where bacteria break waste down into neutral oils, solids, and gasses, allowing relatively clean water to leach into the soil. The soil itself acts as a filter that further processes contaminants. Once water filters through both the septic system and the soil, it should be safe to enter the groundwater. Additives promise to improve this process even further, either by increasing the number and variety of bacteria or further reducing the amount of particulate matter in the water that leaves the tank. These promises do not stand up to the test of science, however.

How Additives Can Disrupt Septic Tanks

Many organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency, warn against the use of additives. For example, if you’re using your septic tank correctly, there should be so much biomass in the tank already that biological additives will serve little purpose. Flocculants, which promise to remove particulate matter, are proven to do almost nothing. You should also keep in mind that drain cleaners can kill the helpful bacteria in your tank.

Septic systems should not be altered by anyone except professionals like the experts at Arrow Plumbing, Inc. If you have a septic tank near Libertyville, IL, rely on Arrow Plumbing, Inc. for all of your pumping and maintenance needs. Our residential services also include frozen pipe thawing, pipe repairs, and backflow testing. Call (847) 984-3258 to learn more about what we have to offer.