How to Use a Septic Tank Treatment

Septic tank
  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
  • 10-60
What You'll Need
Treatment solution
What You'll Need
Treatment solution

A septic tank treatment can help you keep your home's septic tank clean. It is also a great way to reduce the number of times you will need to pump out the tank. Septic tank treatment systems work by introducing bacteria into your home's septic tank that dissolves waste products and eliminates bad odors that can emanate from your septic tank system.

Microbial bacteria in your septic tank are a healthy form of bacteria that breaks down many types of waste and converts them into water and carbon dioxide. This simple how-to guide will show you how to use a septic tank treatment effectively in order to keep your home's septic system in good shape.

Step 1 - Choose a Septic Tank Treatment

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There are many types of septic tank treatment systems available on the market. However, you should avoid treatments that use harmful chemicals or simply act as deodorizers for your septic tank system. Instead, choose a septic tank treatment that is made of all-organic material and contains all-natural active bacteria and enzymes that are needed to convert waste into water and carbon dioxide.

If you're not sure of which brand to choose, go online and read some reviews and comments. If you use a major search engine, you will find there are many sites where you can find information and opinions on the subject.

Step 2 - Read Instructions Carefully

Before you use the septic tank treatment, make sure you read the instructions on the package very carefully. Most importantly, you will need to use the correct amount of the treatment in your system to get the best results and clear and convert the most amount of waste product.

Step 3 - Clean and Rinse Toilet Thoroughly

Most septic tank treatment products are used by simply pouring them into the toilet. However, before you use the treatment in your toilet bowl, you should make sure the toilet bowl is clean and free from any chemicals that may interact with the active bacteria and enzymes in the treatment mix. Use only warm water and a brush to clean the toilet, and do not use any degreasers or bleach before you use the treatment. Ensure you rinse the toilet bowl thoroughly.

Step 4 - Pour Septic Tank Treatment into Toilet Bowl

Follow the directions that come with the septic tank treatment and pour the correct amount of treatment into your toilet bowl. You will notice that the active bacteria and enzymes begin to bubble and fizz almost immediately in your toilet bowl. At this point, you simply need to close the toilet bowl cover and walk away so the treatment can do its job.

Step 5 - Wait Suggested Amount of Time

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On the directions that come with the septic tank treatment, you will be instructed on how much time you should wait before using the toilet to which the treatment was added. In many cases, the treatment needs to sit in the toilet and work its way to your septic tank for a few hours. So, it is usually a good idea to pour the treatment in the toilet bowl before going to bed and then flush the toilet in the morning.

Step 6 - Perform Follow Up Treatments

Follow the directions and perform follow up treatments as needed. In most cases, you will simply need to perform a septic tank treatment once a month.