If you own a septic system, it is important that you be aware of what you can and cannot send down the drain. Sending the wrong items into a septic system can lead to clogs, damage to your tank, or can throw off the delicate balance within the tank. One of the items that people often find themselves unsure if they should use or not if they have a septic system is bleach, including bleach-based cleaners. Here are some of the questions you may have about bleach and your septic system, as well as the answers.
Can You Use Bleach with a Septic System?
It is not recommended that you use bleach or bleach-based cleaners if you have a septic system. It is recommended that you avoid all cleaning products that contain phosphate, chlorine or bleach. Instead, you should use mild or natural cleaners and try to find products that are specifically labeled as being safe for a septic system.
Why Should You Avoid Using Bleach With a Septic System?
Bleach is a strong cleaner that works to kills germs and bacteria. Unfortunately, bleach cannot differentiate between bad germs and bacteria and the good bacteria and enzymes that live within your septic tank. Your tank is filled with bacteria and enzymes that help to eat and break down the waste in your tank. Without these bacteria and enzymes, waste will quickly fill the tank.
What Happens If You Have Accidentally Used Bleach in Your Septic System?
If you have accidentally used bleach that was sent down your septic system, you should not worry too much. If you used bleach in one load of laundry or to clean one filthy sink, it may not cause much damage. This is because most tanks have so much waste and liquid in them that a small amount of bleach is diluted. However, if you have used a large amount of bleach, you should consider adding good bacteria and enzymes to your tank a week or two after you last used the bleach to help encourage the bacteria and enzymes to flourish again.
Bleach can be damaging to your septic system. It can cause damage to your septic tank and kill the good enzymes and bacteria housed within your tank. This can lead to your tank filling up faster, and possibly cause your tank to overflow. Avoiding bleach is best to help prevent these issues. If you are experiencing problems with your septic system, or you have any questions about what can and cannot be sent down the drain with a septic tank, contact a plumber to inspect your system or to answer any questions you may have.
If your septic system is old, call a professional for septic tank installation.