Septic System and Laundry Detergent

Laundry Detergent and Your Septic System

As if I need an excuse to put off doing laundry…I am good enough at that as it is.  But now my septic system needs me to!   I am not sure whether or not you are aware, however the amount of laundry that you do, or more specifically, the amount of laundry detergent you use, directly impacts the performance of your septic system.  Water consumption is one of the largest issues with septic system failure these days, well that and the use of scented detergents.  The combination of excess water and detergents that kill bacteria have driven septic systems to failure at a far more astounding rate than ever before.

While most homeowners do not track the amount of septic failure from year to year or decade to decade, industry experts are claiming that septic system failure is at an all-time high.  Reasons being sited are household cleaners and anti-bacterial soaps along with high volume water consumption. 

What can a homeowner like you do, to prevent this from happening, you ask?  Well, to a certain extent you could change the amount of water you use and the types of detergents, although believe it or not switching products is far more expensive than using a septic treatment monthly.  The only real step that you can take to protect your septic system is to supplement the bacteria and enzymes being destroyed.

This is not that complicated of a process, however if your septic system is older, or has gone a while without treatment, you may want to start by using a septic shock and then maintenance program each month.  The shock treatments cost a bit more money, but are well worth it, especially if your septic system has been being neglected for some time.

For those of you who do not know, using a septic treatment is not a complicated process anymore.  You don’t need to pay to have some serviceman come out to the house, you simply need to flush bio-degradable packets into your toilet / toilets once a month, depending on the size of the home and the number of occupants.

These monthly septic treatments are not overly expensive and work very well.  Just be sure to find a granular septic treatment and do not use a liquid monthly treatment purchased from your local store.  A simple search online should reveal a number of choices, just be sure to take the time to read reviews on websites like these to ensure you are not getting ripped off.

While I’d like to trust everyone, I have learned the hard way that it is better to trust, but verify.  In the long run, you will be happy that you did.

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