Metro Septic Pumping investigates whether fabric softener use could negatively affect septic tanks and provides insights on why excessive fabric softener use could compromise an otherwise function...
Metro Septic Pumping investigates whether fabric softener use could negatively affect septic tanks and provides insights on why excessive fabric softener use could compromise an otherwise functional septic tank system, leading to costly septic tank repair bills.
Before diving into fabric softeners, let's first gain some fundamental understanding of septic systems. A septic system is an underground wastewater treatment structure commonly found in homes not connected to public sewer systems that consists of two elements - the septic tank and drain field - for treating wastewater from households without access to public sewer services.
The former's purpose is to break down and separate solid waste from liquid waste while simultaneously providing bacteria the chance to decompose it naturally; any treated water flows onward into the drain field before being released back into groundwater ecosystems for reuse as groundwater replenishes over time.
Fabric softeners are widely used in laundry to soften clothing and decrease static cling. To do this, they create an invisible coating over fabric containing chemicals designed to enhance softness and fragrance. However, when clothing is washed, these chemicals escape into the water supply and eventually get flushed into our septic systems.
Fabric softeners pose the greatest danger for septic systems because fabric softener chemicals could upset the delicate balance of microorganisms in their tank and break down solid waste, maintaining functional systems. Fabric softener chemicals could negatively influence these microorganisms, resulting in slower decomposition processes naturally triggered by natural decomposition processes.
Fabric softeners may increase sludge buildup in septic tanks, decreasing capacity and necessitating regular pumping requirements for pump-out purposes. Septic tank pumping must occur regularly to avoid solids overflowing into drain fields, causing blockages or system failure, necessitating regular maintenance pumping.
While fabric softeners present potential challenges to septic systems, using one does not necessitate completely discontinuing use. Here are a few steps you can take to maintain healthy systems while continuing their usage:
With our knowledgeable team's range of services - pumping, repair, and septic tank installation! Our expert advice will allow your septic to run more smoothly while you make knowledgeable choices regarding products like fabric softeners to extend its life span.