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Importance of Septic System and Septic Tank Cleaner

Importance of Septic System and Septic Tank Cleaner

Septic tank inner side diagramDo you know which is one of the most important yet the most neglected components of your home? It is your septic system and septic tank. A septic tank is at work 24/7, all day, all night, without fail. So, if you turn a deaf ear to its sounds and senseless nose to its odors (which show that it has some problem) you may have to face a bigger trouble in the future. Therefore it’s smart to understand what a septic tank is, how it works, what problems it can face and how to keep it clean and in the top condition, and if you do that you can enjoy a septic tank working flawlessly for at least 30 years!

What is a Septic Tank and How does it Work?

To treat all the waste from your household in a healthy way you need a septic system. A septic system is made of two parts, viz. a septic tank and an absorption (or disposal) field (or drainfield).

A septic tank is an important part of your home’s septic system, the system in which all your household liquid waste flows where it has to stay for at least a day while it goes through a settlement process and a partial bacterial treatment. This waste then passes from the septic tank to an absorption or disposal field and there it is broken down further by nature’s processes. The absorption field depends on the type of soil, underlying rock, vegetation and the slope of the ground.

A home’s septic system is an ecosystem in which bacteria perform the digestion and treatment of waste. The job of septic tank is to retain solids and fats, and let the liquid part of the waste pass further towards the disposal field where it is treated further by the soil.

how septic system works

How to Identify that Your Septic Tank is Working Properly?

A properly working septic tank is an ecosystem having good bacteria in the right amount to break down waste materials and treat the waste water.

A healthy septic tank contains 3 layers:

1. Scum: A layer of fats which floats over liquid waste
2. Effluent: A layer of clear liquid waste
3. Sludge: A layer of solids that sinks at the bottom

Function of scum is to stop odors from escaping and prevent air from entering. There is an outlet pipe through which effluent flows out as new waste water enters the septic tank. Even at this stage, effluent still carries large quantities of dissolved pollutants like salts and compounds of phosphorus and nitrogen. It also consists of pathogens like worms, harmful bacteria and viruses that can cause various diseases.

Bacteria inside the septic tank turn some of the organic solids into liquid substances, thus helping to decrease the deposition of sludge within the tank. However, not all the solids are decomposed by the bacteria and there is a risk of excessive buildup of scum and sludge in the tank. Hence the tank should be cleaned up regularly.

When the waste reaches the absorption field, the pathogens it carries are killed by natural soil processes and pollutants are broken down. The bacteria in the soil that do this work need oxygen and so, it is not recommended to overfill the soil with a large amount of effluent. An excessive amount of effluent may flow over the surface and drain into rivers, creeks and drainage channels which is dangerous. Therefore you should avoid your septic tank from being full and should regularly clean it.

Septic tank inner side diagram

Benefits of a Clean Septic Tank

Prolonged Life of Septic Tank: A septic tank performs an important job of removing solid waste from the drainage. This solid has two options; either it floats at the top as scum or sinks down to the bottom as sludge. By cleaning septic tank of this solid waste, you prolong the life of your septic tank.

Protection of Absorption Field: By cleaning the septic tank, you also protect the absorption field by preventing its blockage. A blocked absorption field can cause a failed septic system further leading to backing up of waste water into your backyard or even home and this may cost you thousands of dollars to repair or replace.

Increased Performance: When you clean your septic tank regularly, its overall performance and functionality increases many times. The absorption area too dries out well, the plumbing system gets a healthy rest and if there is any partially decomposed waste, it gets fully decomposed in the absence of water.

signs that your septic system has failed

How to Keep Septic Tank Healthy?

• Inspect your septic system at least once a year.
• Clean your septic tank regularly.
• Avoid overloading the septic system by conserving water.
• Repair any leaking toilets or faucets.
• Don’t let water from other sources like roof drains, sump pumps and footing drains enter the septic system.
• Don’t or don’t let anyone park or drive over or around septic system.
• Don’t plant anything except grass near or over the absorption field so as to avoid clogging of the field by roots of big trees.
• Don’t pour harsh cleaning chemicals in the toilets and sinks because they can kill the beneficial bacteria within the system.

septic system repair

How to Know if Your Septic Tank Needs Cleaning?

There are two easy signs that show that your septic tank needs a cleanup. They are:

1. Your drains and toilets run slow
2. Odors around toilets, sinks and drains

septic tank inspection

SeptiBlast – An Effective Septic Tank Cleaner

SeptiBlast is an effective septic tank cleaner that clears out failed absorption fields and septic systems no matter what the condition is. It’s non-toxic and 500 times stronger than other products of its types. You just need to use it once per month!


SeptiBlast is a granular bacteria powder; the bacteria grow at a tremendous rate upon entering your system. They double in number in just 20 minutes and start consuming all the solid waste like black sludge, toilet paper and everything that can cause blockage of your septic tank. They not only clean this solid waste in the septic tank but also in the entire septic systems, drywells, leach fields, lateral lines, drain fields, cesspools, sand mounds, seepage pits and RV holding tanks. So, you can imagine how effective they are and also how eco-friendly the product is.

Enjoy a clean and healthy septic system with this eco-friendly product!

before-after pictures after using SeptiBlast

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