A lot of modern septic tanks and sewage treatment plants on the market today are designed to run in an incredibly efficient and reliable manner. But even with the latest technology and mindful usage and management of a wastewater system, good septic tanks can still sometimes turn bad.
There are a few different reasons this can occur, and often the cause of a system turning bad is beyond our direct control. For this reason, microbe products are becoming increasingly popular as a way to support the healthy functioning of a septic tank through the power of microbes.
By working to keep your septic tank healthy, active and odour-free, these products reduce the likelihood of your septic tank slowing down or becoming inactive at any point. Given the costs associated with maintenance work such as having your septic tank emptied, or replacing blocked soakaway outflow drains, these products can offer a significant return on investment.
So what exactly is a microbe? In the context of how these products support your septic tank, you can think of microbes as the bacteria that actively digest the organic waste product held within your sewage system.
This is good bacteria that you want to be present in your system in order to effectively process the waste, leaving mostly just water and CO2 at the end of it all.
To do this, the microbes used in the products are specifically selected to produce a handful of enzymes that are particularly well suited to breaking down the waste likely to be found in your system, namely:
It's helpful to think of these enzymes as tools used by the microbes to break down larger waste molecules into smaller pieces which the microbes can then more easily digest, improving the performance of your sewage system.
When a septic tank is healthy and running well it typically goes unnoticed. This is because there are no bad smells or odours being emitted from the system, there are no overflows, and inside the tank there are low levels of surface scum and residual sledge.
This is what you are aiming for! When a tank is in this condition it is going to perform its function without needing costly maintenance or repair work, or causing any disruption.
Microbes help maintain this healthy state by ensuring the level of waste digestion remains high thanks to a healthy aerobic bacterial population.
So what happens if this isn't achieved and things turn bad?
Despite your best efforts, if the natural enzyme producing bacteria in your system are destroyed and not replaced, the waste digestion process will begin to slow down. Destroying the healthy bacteria your septic tank relies on can be easily done by allowing bleaches, antibiotics and detergents to enter your system.
This is when the condition of the interior of your septic tank starts to degrade, seeing a build up of surface scum and a thick sludge forming at the bottom of the tank due to waste only being partially digested. The first sign of this happening could be foul odours coming from the tank.
Left untreated, this can escalate into more serious and costly issues, including clocked or backed-up systems, effluent overflows, boggy soakaway areas, and in the worst cases permanently damaged soakaways that need replacing.
Why take the risk? Speak to the team at TWC Drain Care today to learn more about the septic tank products and services we provide homes and businesses across the North of England and discover how we can help keep your system in tip top shape, potentially saving you a lot of time, cost and hassle in the meantime!