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Are Septic Tank Additives Good or Bad?

Are Septic Tank Additives Good or Bad?

Septic tank additives are products designed to enhance the natural bacterial and enzymatic processes…

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Septic tank additives are products designed to enhance the natural bacterial and enzymatic processes that break down waste in the septic tank. They come in various forms, including powders, liquids, and tablets. But are they worth the money?

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In this brief article brought to you by Septic Blue of Lakeland, we investigate the effectiveness of septic tank additives and give you the pros and cons. We will also give you our opinion on whether it is worth it or a waste of money.

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Types of septic tank additives

Septic tank additives are generally categorized into two main types: biological additives and chemical additives.

Biological additives contain bacteria, enzymes, or a combination of both. Enzyme additives typically contain proteases, lipases, and amylases, which help to break down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, respectively. Enzymes catalyze the degradation process, making it easier for bacteria to digest organic matter. Bacteria additives, meanwhile, boost the breakdown of organic material.

Chemical additives, on the other hand, include substances such as acids, alkalis, and other compounds that are intended to help break down waste or to address specific septic tank issues. However, these chemicals can be harsh and potentially damaging to the septic system and the surrounding environment.

Benefits of septic tank additives

Additives, in theory, will reduce the buildup up sludge and scum in the septic tank. This can translate into fewer septic tank pumping and maintenance issues. Some users even report that biological additives help control odors. At the end of the day, by improving the decomposition process, additives may help prevent blockages and backups, which can extend the overall lifespan of the septic system.

The drawbacks of septic tank additives

The effectiveness of septic tank additives, especially biological ones, is debated. Many experts argue that a well-maintained septic system with regular pump-outs and proper use does not require additives to function effectively.

Meanwhile, chemical additives, including inorganic compounds and organic solvents, can disrupt the natural bacterial balance in the septic tank and cause harm to the environment by contaminating groundwater.

In fact, some regions have regulations restricting the use of certain septic tank additives because of their potential environmental risks. Homeowners must be aware of and comply with local regulations.

Our opinion on the matter

Septic tank additives might be helpful, but they can't take the place of expert septic services. Regular maintenance, proper usage, and timely pump-outs and septic tank cleaning are sufficient to keep a septic system running efficiently.

Moreover, we advise against chemical additives due to environmental concerns. Plus, the harsh chemicals in this products can end up forcing you to get an unexpected and otherwise unnecessary septic tank repair.

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If your septic tank installation is giving you reason for concern, then call Septic Blue of Lakeland to get trained and experienced septic specialists on the case. Our team is on standby to take your call and schedule an appointment or arrange urgent assistance for as soon as possible.

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