How Can Bacteria Help Your Septic System
I realize your mama taught you that bacteria is bad and should be killed to promote a healthy environment. Well, Mom is correct, except in the case of septic systems. It turns out, we actually need bacteria to do a dirty but important job. When it comes to the contents of your septic tank, certain microorganisms and bacteria are responsible for breaking down the solid waste in there. Therefore, we need to do all we can to help these little guys survive and do their job.
Doing the Dirty Work
Both anaerobic and aerobic bacteria are actively involved in the purifying process. Anaerobic bacteria don’t need oxygen, and these are found inside the septic tank since oxygen is not present in there. Here, the bacteria will break down the solid waste preparing the wastewater for its next destination which is the leach field. Once the wastewater exits the septic tank and gets to the leach field, aerobic bacteria in the soil take over.
Let ‘Em Work; Let ‘Em Live
Since aerobic bacteria require oxygen to function, it’s important that your soil is healthy and aerated. If all goes well, the waste particles are filtrated naturally by aerobic bacteria before returning to the groundwater. The condition and pH of your soil are also important for the survival of helpful microbes which is why soil tests are done as a prerequisite to installing a septic system.
Also, bacteria exposed to many common household cleaning products will die. This is why we warn people to avoid anti-bacterial soaps, bleach, ammonia and other harsh chemicals. Pay attention to the ingredients on labels and stick with green, biodegradable brands. Natural cleaners like baking soda and vinegar work great too!
Then Why Do I Need Pump Service?
The bacteria can only do so much. Heavy solid sludge that doesn’t make it to the leach field will eventually build up, and this is why routine pumping is necessary. A professional environmental company must remove the solid waste and take it to a treatment plant or landfill where aerobic bacteria can finish breaking it down safely. This service is required every 1-2 years depending on the size of your tank and your water consumption. To learn more about bacteria or to find out how often your system should be serviced, Contact us or Request Septic Pumping Service now.