Bacteria’s in a septic tank plays a very important role in its maintenance. These bacteria’s are responsible for digesting the solids which settle at the bottom of the septic tank and starts the decomposition process. Natural bacteria’s which are present in the septic tanks starts transforming the 50% of solid waste into gases and liquids.
There are basically two types of bacteria’s which are present in a septic tank i.e. aerobic bacteria and anaerobic bacteria. So, let’s see what these bacteria’s are:
Aerobic bacteria- These bacteria’s need oxygen to survive. First, they break down the organic waste and then they feed on it. These are very sensitive to the environmental changes.
Anaerobic bacteria- As aerobic bacteria need high amount of oxygen to survive, on the other hand and anaerobic bacteria needs very little to no oxygen to survive in a septic tank. The work of anaerobic bacteria is to eat, digest and excrete the matter as soon as they reaches the tank.
Therefore, it is very important to maintain the balance between these two bacteria’s in a septic tank for its better performance. Without these bacteria’s there will be no action in the septic tank of cleaning the solid waste.
It is very harmful to add any kind of bleach or cleaners in high amount which we use as septic tank treatment for smell or blockages. Because with killing bad bacteria’s in a septic tank, these treatments also kills a large amount of beneficial bacteria’s. And without beneficial bacteria’s, your tank won’t be able to digest the waste and will require a frequent pumping which will lead to increase your expenses.
The waste eaten or transformed by bacteria’s is converted into gases and liquids, but sludge starts to build up after this process at the bottom of the system which needs to pump out. Therefore, it is suggested to pump your septic tank every 3-4 years. There are many septic tank treatment products available in the market to fight against back-up, smell and blockage problems preventing the cost of costly and regular pumping.
Most important thing is to maintain the ecosystem of the septic tank for its smooth working. You can do this by not feeding the bacteria’s with toxic things like bleach, paint, detergent, chemicals, etc. If you do not maintain it properly then it can leak out in drain field and make it unsanitary.
Not only chemicals, but there are some other ways to add beneficial bacteria’s in your septic tank. You can try making bacteria activators yourself at home. Below is the recipe of making a bacteria activator:
Take 4 cups of brown sugar, 2 packs of active dry yeast and 4 cups of hot water.
Mix them in a bucket, stir it well and leave it for 20 minutes. After that flush the mixture into your toilet at once. Night is the best time to use this activator to give it the time for the treatment. For maintenance, you can use this activator once every few months or on a regular basis as it will cost you nothing with keeping bacteria happy inside the tank. Putting 3-4 rotten tomatoes in your septic tank by squashing them and flushing them down the toilet. This will help to work your septic tank better and for a long period of time.
Everyone wish that their septic tank never irritate them, so to be happy with your tank you have to keep it happy. And for doing that, you need to avoid some things like flushing paper towels, paper towels, paint, needles, etc. These products can result in clogging of your tanks. Try to avoid using chemicals for cleaning because with killing the bad bacteria’s, these chemicals also kill the good bacteria’s. It is suggested to use “septic safe” products for your tanks. Use more of the natural ways or try products which adds the beneficial bacteria’s in your tank.
At last, all you need to do is not doing things which will make your septic tank unhappy. Use biodegradable and safe products for usage or its cleaning. So, now you know the importance of bacteria’s in your septic tank! Give your comments below!