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5 Liquids That Can Impact Septic Tanks

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The liquid waste you have in your home can make a big impact on the way your septic tank operates. Learn how various liquids can cause problems for your septic tank and learn about some alternative solutions for the waste.

1. Coffee

Coffee grounds may make great fertilizer in a garden, but the grinds can cause major problems for a septic tank because they do not break down and can cause buildups over time. Additional problems can occur if you pour coffee directly down a drain.

The coffee’s high acidity can create major issues for a septic tank due to the pH levels of the coffee. A septic tank needs to maintain a proper pH balance so the bacteria can live, thrive, and break down elements. If the bacteria do not survive due to a pH imbalance, then the waste may not break down and the tank can overfill or clog.

A septic tank service company can test the pH levels of your septic tank to see how coffee harms the tank. If you have a significant pH level imbalance, then the coffee waste could be the culprit.

2. Soda

Soda is another beverage that includes high sugars and acids which could result in changes to the pH balance of your septic tank. Whether you pour the soda into a sink drain or toilet, the liquids all go to the same place, and your septic tank could suffer as a result. One solution to consider for soda, coffee, and other beverages is a compost bin.

Many compost bins accept liquids, and soda may help break down some of the solid components of a compost bin. You can pour the individual servings directly into a compost bin or use a pitcher to hold soda drink waste. Once the pitcher is full, you can dump it in the bin.

3. Juices

The high sugar content and acidity found in juices are similar to soda. Many fresh juices also contain pulp, which contains additional problems for a septic tank. Pulp can get stuck to the sides of pipes and septic tanks. The buildup may result in clogs that are hard to clean.

4. Bleach

As you look to clean out sinks, bathtubs, and toilets, you may rely on bleach to restore each fixtures’ appearance and remove grime. While bleach may clean the surfaces of places inside the home, the harmful chemicals can wreak havoc on your septic system. Before bleach even reaches the septic tank, the chemicals can do damage to pipes in your home.

Once bleach does reach the tank, the chemicals could cause problems for the sides of the tank and could kill off good bacteria found inside the tank. Change your cleaning habits to reduce or eliminate the amount of bleach you use within the home. Look for bleach alternatives with more natural ingredients.

5. Liquid Drain Cleaner

Similar to bleach, liquid drain cleaners may clear out clogs but could cause damage to a septic system. The chemicals can kill off the bacteria needed to eat away waste in your septic system. So while the clogs in drains may go away, the use of a liquid drain cleaner can result in much bigger issues.

For example, if the chemicals found in liquid drain cleaner leak out of a septic tank and into a yard, the ingredients could present dangers to plants, pets, and other creatures in the environment.

Contact us at Rob’s Septic Tanks, Inc., We will help pump out the tank to give you a fresh start and allow you to keep your pH levels stable for the future.

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