Forum Title: Will adding bacteria to the septic tank eliminate the need to have it pumped
Will adding bacteria to the septic tank eliminate the need to have it pumped?
Category: Plumbing Fittings Post By: Michael Burton (Austin, TX), 01/17/2017

Adding bacteria in the septic is not required in normal conditions as bacteria naturally grow in waste water and decompose the solid waste. However if you are flushing anti-bacterial soaps, disinfectants, laundry detergents, bleach, and sanitizers though your toilet drain, these can kill the bacteria. Moreover adding bacteria is quite expensive and it does not eliminate the need of pumping the tank periodically. The bacteria can’t remove the sludge and lint particles which will end up clogging the drain field. Therefore the tank should be pumped at regular intervals.

- Clark John (Tampa, FL), 01/20/2017

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