At first, it wasn’t easy to admit that you were having a septic sludge problem. You were only in your new home for six months and all of a sudden, your sinks, drains, and toilets backed up, septic odors overwhelmed the property, and your yard had septic wet spots. But having a place for yourself involved new responsibilities. Part of them was to maintain a fully functional septic system. When you moved it, you weren’t able to talk to the septic expert who handled your system. You had no idea that your septic system needed to be pumped out when you got there. That was basically why you had a septic sludge problem.
Septic sludge is the indicator of how well-maintained your septic system is. The septic tank is the primary receptacle or collection vessel of all the wastewater that you’re household produces. It has to be kept at normal levels so that the wastewater treatment process goes on smoothly. When the sludge level goes higher than it’s supposed to be, the sludge takes over the tank and gets dispersed into the drain field as well. The system eventually fails because of the heavy clogging in the drain field. If this septic sludge problem won’t be dealt with immediately, then you would have to get together up to $30,000 for a brand new septic system.
The septic expert conducted a thorough inspection first before he talked to you about the possible solutions to your septic sludge problem. After the inspection, he told you that you should have your septic tank pumped out and then shocked with bacteria treatment, which is perfectly safe for the system and the environment. You agreed with the procedures. The additional bacteria got rid of the heavy sludge accumulation in the septic system. It even removed the disarming septic smells. You didn’t even have to worry about contaminating the environment because the treatment didn’t have chemical discharges to pollute the water and soil systems in your area.
There are other proposed solutions to any septic sludge problem. One is the use of the chemical sludge treatments that are harsh to use. These solutions can corrode the physical structure of the septic and kill the resident bacteria in the tank and in the drain field. Even if this is already an established fact, many septic product manufacturers still exaggerate the results that their products could yield. Most of them promise consumers that they could already forget about septic pump outs because their products would take care of everything. This would only get the homeowner’s hopes up because pumping out your septic is still the best was to take care of your system. Call it as the TLC (tender loving care) that homeowners should never forget to give their septic.
Another way to prevent the occurrence of a septic sludge problem is the aeration of your conventional septic system. If you choose to have your system aerated, then there will be oxygen constantly supplied to the system. This will increase the number of aerobic bacteria that reside in the system. These are aggressive eaters of solid wastes and would get rid of these solid wastes much faster than the anaerobic bacteria. With so much aerobic bacteria in the system, it would be like giving the bacteria septic shock treatment every day. Even the smallest traces of solid wastes will be broken down. The effluent will be completely cleaned and filtered. There won’t be a septic sludge problem or any odors to worry about as well.
It is really up to you to avoid having a septic sludge problem. It doesn’t depend on your septic expert at all. the septic expert is just there to remind you of the things that you should do and to help you correct any shortcomings. You can do a lot by properly using your drains, sinks, and toilets; removing trees, vehicles, and structures from your septic area. Do not dump non-biodegradables, grease, antibacterial, and harsh chemicals into it. Always keep your system on the pump out schedules. Also by redirecting the gutter away from the septic area you can keep excess water from your field.