Examining the Beneficial Organisms Living In Your Septic System


Homeowners that depend on a septic system should know they are also depending on several types of microbes for it to continue running smoothly. The microbes living in your septic system are always on duty, working to keep down the solid and liquid waste. From your tank to the drain field, learning more about the kinds of organisms in your septic system can help you provide better maintenance for your system.

Various Types of Organisms

Not every microbe is the same and each type performs a unique duty in your septic system. Microbes are nature's way of taking care of organic waste and by learning about each microbe's job in your septic system you can help them along in their tasks:

  • Bacteria: Bacteria are single-cell micro-organisms that help to eat the solid waste in your septic tank. The solid waste falls to the bottom of the tank where bacteria begin to digest it, leaving only liquids and gases. The liquids flow out of the tank and into the pipes situated in the drain field while gases are vented out.
  • Protozoa: When someone in your home has the stomach flu or another type of virus, their feces can contain micro-organism called protozoa. Protozoa are single-celled organisms like bacteria, but are larger. Protozoa can help in your septic system because they digest pathogenic waste, helping to prevent it from flowing out into the drain field where it could possibly end up in ground water sources.
  • Rotifer: Rotifer, or microscopic pseudo-coelomate organisms, work to clean up dead bacteria and protozoa in your septic tank, giving healthy bacteria a greater chance at digesting solid waste. Maintaining a healthy level of protozoa is important to avoid your tank becoming infected with water-borne diseases, so the role of rotifer is vital.

How You Can Help the Microbes In Your Septic System

Maintaining a suitable environment for microbes in your septic is vital for them to perform properly. Avoid flushing harsh cleaners down your toilets or washing them down the drains in your sinks. Many natural cleansers are available, like baking soda and vinegar, that are effective and do not alter the delicate balance if microbe life in your septic system. Also, avoid flushing cigarette butts, dental floss and hair down your toilet because these things are not natural food sources for the microbes living on your septic tanks and will also help to clog it up.

When you take care of your septic system, you can count on it being dependable for many years to come. Learning more about the best way to maintain your system is a good idea to avoid expensive problems like complete system replacement as well. Even with these microbes at work, you may also want to consider scheduling regular septic tank pumping, just to ensure your tank is working at it's best.


3 December 2015

Cleaning Up the Property: Renting a Dumpster

Before I got a great deal on a house that needed some work, it never occurred to me that individuals could rent dumpsters. It did not take me long to find out that many sanitation services would rent units to homeowners. I was even able to hire a team that helped me get rid of the broken furniture and the old car that was rusting in the front yard. If you have never thought about renting a dumpster for things like cleaning out the attic, let's talk. After you know how easy the process happens to be, I'm betting you'll rent one for your next project.