Septic Tank Additives & Maintenance: What you Need to Know

The end of the year is coming up quickly and Lion Home Septic wants to encourage you to ensure that proper maintenance has been done on your septic system recently. Not only should your septic system get proper maintenance but you may also want to consider a septic treatment while you’re having maintenance done. Here’s why septic maintenance and treatment are helpful to the health of your system. 

How to Help Your Septic System

Did you know your septic system is capable of creating its own natural bacteria which helps it to function more efficiently? It’s true! Aside from your regular maintenance, inspections and pump outs, your septic system is usually okay on its own. Of course, there are a few things you can do to extend its lifetime and ensure that you won’t be left with a messy malfunction or costly repair. 

  • Use less water — constantly flushing water through your septic system will obviously cause it to work a lot harder. 
  • Don’t put any harsh cleaning chemicals down the drains in your home. These can disrupt that natural balance in your tank and cause issues. 
  • Keep solids out of your system, these are hard to break down and can even cause clogs in your system if they are not degradable. 
  • Limit the use of the garbage disposal, space out the use of the dishwasher, and washing machine. 

Septic Tank Maintenance 

A great way to avoid feeling like you need to use septic additives is to get proper maintenance done on your system. Preventative and regular maintenance is the KEY to having a long-lasting healthy septic system. This includes getting pump-outs around times where the system is likely to get more use (i.e. the holidays). This also includes getting an inspection every 2-3 years or as directed by your trusted septic service expert. We also recommend that you call anytime you have any concerns about your system. Waiting it out may only result in more costly repairs. If you suspect there could be an issue, trust your gut and call an expert! 

Chemical vs Biological Additives for Your Septic

There are all sorts of additives on the market that are advertised as absolutely necessary for your septic system However, that’s not quite the case. 

Chemical Additives like strong acids that are sometimes suggested to clear drains are NOT your best choice as they can actually kill the helpful bacteria that needs to exist within your septic system. Without that bacteria, your septic system won’t be able to break down and process everything that comes through it which can lead to a back-up and costly repairs. 

Organic Additives, however, add natural and active enzymes that help clear fats, grease, and oils from your plumbing and septic. The product is 100% natural and works harmoniously with the bacteria in your septic system to create optimal efficiency.


We hope that this quick rundown of your septic will help you better understand how important it is to be mindful of what you’re adding to your system. If you’re looking to schedule septic maintenance or would like to know more about BioOne, then give us a call to speak with one of our expert service experts – we’re always here and are happy to help! (970) 829-8222

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