Why Additives Can Be Bad For Your Septic Tank

If you have a septic tank, then you know that the proper care of the tank is necessary to keep your waste system in good working order. There are a wide variety of things you need to do to ensure proper function. Sometimes, individuals will go above and beyond and will pour additives into their septic tanks. These additives are rarely helpful. Keep reading to learn why this is the case.

They Can Produce Large Volumes Of Gas

Septic tank additives are liquid concentrations that contain active bacterial colonies. These microorganisms are capable of breaking down and decomposing the sludge layer that sits on the bottom of the septic tank. Often, the bacterial colonies within the additives are simply not active. They can die as the product sits on the shelf. In this situation, you are buying a bottle of dead bacteria that will provide your septic tank with no benefit. 

If the bacteria are alive and they reach the solid waste on the bottom of the septic tank, then the microorganisms may have an opportunity to degrade the waste. The decomposition process will create gas. This is a normal process that occurs regularly in your septic system. However, when decomposition accelerates, so will the production of methane. 

This can cause a hazardous situation where the septic tank is placed under a great deal of stress. If the stress is significant, the tank can crack to release the pressure. Also, gasses can start to make their way back through the waste system connected to your home.

They Throw Off The Balance

If the live bacteria within an additive enter the tank and begin to multiply, they can disrupt the bacterial colonies that are already present within the septic system. These colonies are present due to the bacteria within your fecal matter. These microorganisms are supposed to live in the septic tank and decompose wastes. 

If you add a new colony to the tank, then the microorganisms can take over and throw the natural bacterial balance out of whack. This can lead to the death of the bacteria that were present in the tank. However, the additive bacteria are unlikely to establish a long-term colony. Once the bacteria die, the fecal bacteria will need to establish a new colony. This can leave the tank with far less bacterial activity and the increase of solid matter in the system. In other words, the tank will build with more waste creating the opposite situation of what you desired.

If you want to know more about septic tanks and pumping, speak with a septic tank pumping professional.