Are Your Household Cleaners Harming Your Septic System?

Household cleaners, hair products and anti bacterial soaps harm septic system

Some news you just don’t want to hear.  The household products that you know and love may actually be hurting the performance of your septic system.  You may not have had a problem yet, but if you own a septic system you are running the risk of a serious headache.  It is important to inform our readers of the day to day products they most commonly use that actually harm the septic system. If a problem has already begun, here are some tips and advice that may make the process a bit easier to handle.

If you look around your home, there are products everywhere that negatively impact your septic system.  There are the obvious, bleach and anti bacterial cleaners.  But any product that is designed to gill germs, any cleaner you use to keep the children germ free has a negative impact once it goes down the drain.  Anti Bacterial hand soaps are extremely common, in fact, many homeowners have one in every bathroom.  How many times a day do they get used?

Laundry Detergent and dish detergent are two of the biggest culprits of harm to the septic system.  Powdered detergents are typically worse as they build up more quickly, but the liquid alternatives also collect.  Anything with that gel like, or waxy consistency will build up in the system.  Shampoos, Conditioners and Body Washes all play a role in slowing down your septic system.

It is very difficult for a household to eliminate all of these products from there life.  BUT, you can do your best to reduce the number of laundry loads that you do, or how often you run the dishwasher half full.  Being aware of the problem may help you reduce the volume of use of these products and in turn, keep more bacteria alive within your septic system.

What to Do if a Problem Already Exists

With any luck, you are reading this information before you are experiencing a problem.  You can reverse the trouble you have started by simply adopting a monthly septic maintenance treatment routine.  These monthly treatments have a boost of bacteria and enzymes to give the system back what it needs to effectively liquefy the waste build up in the septic tank.

If you are not so lucky, then you have found this information after a problem has already begun.  This typically means that the process is a little farther along and has become symptomatic.  The fix is essentially the same, however you need to use a more concentrated, faster acting bacteria to reverse the problem.  These treatments are called Septic Shock Treatments and can be purchased for a few hundred dollars.   Drop them in your system and within just a few weeks time, your system is back to running normally.

Many homeowners do not realize the full impact of the everyday household products they use.  We consider them a part of our lives and parting with them is not always realistic.  Don’t let this fact convince you to risk damaging your septic system.  Replacing them can cost $5,000-$20,000 depending on your system type and county requirements.  A few dollars a month for maintenance, or a few hundred to fix your troubled system is a much more attractive alternative to replacing the system.