All About Septic System Enzymes

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All About Septic System Enzymes

Our septic systems, a very sophisticated wastewater treatment facility, handle the wastewater produced by our homes. If the system isn’t handled correctly or routine maintenance isn’t performed regularly, it can be damaged. Every system around us needs some essential elements to be healthy and functional. Like that, our septic systems also need some additional components to function effectively. With the right routine maintenance, being careful with what we put down the toilets, and adding the necessary elements, the septic tanks' lifespan can be extended for many years.

How Does Septic Systems Work?

When you flush down something or use any drain in your home, that ends up in your septic tank with the help of the septic system. The organic material is collected inside the tank and is converted into a liquid. Afterward, it is discharged into the drain field. This entire decomposition process is done with the help of the bacteria. If these bacteria aren’t maintained, your septic system will be harmed greatly because the decomposing part cannot be completed.

So, what are some of the things that harm the bacteria?

  • Agents used for drain cleaning
  • Chloride- mainly found in bleaches
  • Pesticides
  • Any type of oil or grease
  • Medications
  • Fabric softeners.
  • Latex products
  • Dishwasher
  • Laundry detergent
  • Cosmetics

What Are Enzymes for Septic Systems?

Enzymes are proteins that feed the bacteria in the septic tank. The breakdown of waste is accelerated by the enzymes acting as a catalyst. Enzymes bind waste molecules and convert them into nutrients that bacteria can take. Some enzyme products might even contain brand-new microorganisms or additional nutrients. To get them inside the tank, all you must do is flush the package down the toilet.

Enzymes come in a wide variety of forms and serve a wide range of functions. Certain enzymes are specifically targeted to break down the organic materials produced.

  • Protease: targets especially protein-based waste, such as blood and feces
  • Lipase: targes oils, fats, and greases
  • Amylase: targets carbohydrate-rich items like bread, pasta, rice
  • Cellulase: targets toilet paper and other fibrous materials
  • Urease: targets urea
  • Xylanase: targets any plant matter, including vegetables.

Symptoms You Should Be Aware Of

If you start to notice any of the following symptoms, the procedure of introducing enzyme to your septic tank might be especially helpful:

  • Your drains are starting to slow down.
  • You are noticing bad smells from your drains.
  • Your drains are starting to back up.
  • Very bright-colored grass or wet areas

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