Keep Your Septic System Healthy With Enzymes

When it comes to personal health, it’s common for people to take vitamins or other supplements. These products prevent nutritional deficiencies so we can live our best.
You may be surprised to learn the same approach should be taken with your septic system. Today, we’re going to talk about how adding enzymes can help keep your septic system as healthy and effective as possible. 
Pros and Cons of a Septic Tank System

How a septic system works

With a septic system, anything that goes down a drain in your home ends up in the septic tank on your property. Inside the tank, organic solid material is collected and slowly broken down into a liquid so it can be released into the drain field. This natural decomposing process is possible thanks to bacteria. Yes, we know that bacteria are usually considered “bad.” But this bacteria is very helpful and necessary to the ecosystem of the septic system.
The problem is when you introduce chemicals that kill or disrupt the bacteria from doing its job inside the septic tank. Here’s just a short list of substances you should avoid putting down a systemic system:

  • Liquid drain cleaners
  • Pesticides
  • Chlorine
  • Bleach
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Paint
  • Medications

What are septic system enzymes?

Enzymes basically give the bacteria in your septic tank a boost. They come in a liquid or packet that you flush down the toilet so it reaches the septic tank. They help make it easier for bacteria to break down organic material. Some enzyme products may include extra nutrients or even new bacteria.  

Benefits of adding enzymes to your septic system

Keeping the bacteria healthy allows your septic tank to operate as it should. Without the bacteria, it will take the organic waste in the tank longer to break down. This will mean that you will have to have the tank pumped more frequently. Or you risk having a septic backup, which can be a major health hazard.
Even if you are very careful about what you put down the drain in your home, it’s not a bad idea to periodically add enzymes. Of course, these treatments do not replace regular maintenance or tank pumping. 

Septic system service in New Haven and Fairfield Counties

If you have any questions about adding enzymes to your septic system or need service on your septic tank, call the professionals at Rick’s Plumbing. We’ve been serving Milford and surrounding areas since 1992. Call us today at (203) 874-6629.