At Healthy Ponds, we have many products that can maintain water quality in your or other water features, but we also have easy-to-use products that can benefit your entire property, including our all-natural septic tank treatment.
Dr. Connie’s Septic System+
Septic systems are filled with organic waste, including liquid waste, suspended solid waste and sludge. Rather than add chemical tank additives to your septic tank to break down this waste, using an all-natural product such as Septic System+ can be a better option to consider.
Septic System+ contains natural beneficial bacteria which liquify the solid organic material in your tank. Adding biological additives to your septic tank can be one of the easiest ways to avoid common septic system issues.
Septic System+ is three times more concentrated than the leading brand of septic tank bacteria. While this Septic System+ is meant to help homeowners maintain a consistent, healthy septic system, this product also can be used to deal with septic backup issues.
To use, you simply flush a packet of Septic System+ into a bathroom toilet that leads to the septic tank. The patented time-released microbes work for up to 30 days and then you simply add a new packet. For septic tanks larger than 1,000 gallons, two packets should be flushed. This product also can be used for RV septic tanks.
General Septic Tank Tips & Maintenance
In addition to using our septic tank bacteria treatment, there are several other ways to ensure that your septic system stays in good shape.
1. Only Flush Toilet Paper
We recommend using a toilet paper brand that is meant for use in septic tanks. These types of paper are more easily dissolvable than typical toilet paper. It’s also important to ensure that no one in your house flushes anything but toilet paper. Even facial tissue and so-called “flushable” wipes aren’t suitable for septic systems.
2. Take Care Of Drains
While garbage disposals may seem like a convenient way to deal with food scraps, using a garbage disposal with a septic system is not recommended. These scraps can be added instead to your compost pile or disposed of in a green waste bin.
It’s also not recommended to put any type of chemicals down your drains, including drain de-cloggers. Keeping grease and food scraps out of your kitchen drains can help keep the drains clear, but if you do get a clog, it’s better to either pour boiling water down the drain or use a drain snake rather than add chemicals into your septic system.
3. Schedule Regular Pumping & Inspections
In general, you should schedule a septic tank inspection about every three years. When it comes to pumping out the septic tank, this also should be done about every three years. However, it depends on several factors including the size of your tank, the size of your household and what you put down your drains.
If you avoid using the garbage disposal, never put grease down the drains and stick with septic-tank-friendly toilet paper, you might be able to pump every four or five years. But, again, if you have a larger household, scheduling pumping every three years is probably best.
4. Keep Your Drain Field Clear
If you park vehicles or place structures, such as a shed, on your septic system’s drain field, this puts too much pressure on this area of your lawn. This can compact the soil and, potentially, damage pipes leading to your septic system.
It’s best to simply to leave the drain field clear and simply plant grass in the area. Even adding trees or shrubs can be a bad idea, as the root systems also might damage pipes. It also is not recommended to plant a vegetable garden in this area, as there is always the potential that these edible items could be exposed to sewage.
5. Divert Your Water
Homeowners should ensure that their home’s structure includes gutters and downspouts and that the downspouts flow away from their home and away from the septic tank and drain field.
We also recommend limiting your overall water use. For instance, only wash full loads of clothing or full dishwasher loads. Take short showers and consider taking half-full baths or using some of the bathwater to water plants in other parts of your lawn. This can limit the amount of water that enters your septic system.
At Healthy Ponds, we can provide you with a variety of easy-to-use, effective, all-natural products to help improve the quality of your lawn, garden and any water features on your property. If you have any questions about our septic tank treatment or any of our yard and pond maintenance products, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team at any time.