1.) Use RID-X® Septic Tank System Treatment monthly
The product is available in three formulas: gelpacs, powder and liquid. All formulas will work to help reduce the rate of sludge build-up to keep your septic system running smoothly until the next pumping. RID-X® Septic Tank System Treatment contains billions of bacteria and enzymes specifically selected to be the best at digesting septic system waste. RID-X® also contains cellulase, the only enzyme that will digest paper waste. RID-X® liquid can also be used to help keep drains running smoothly.
2.) Have your septic tank system inspected and pumped regularly
Sludge in large quantities can only be eliminated by a professional pumper. You should have a pumper inspect your septic system to determine if the accumulation of solid waste is too high and needs to be removed. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average septic system should be inspected at least every three years. The EPA also outlines four key factors also influence the frequency with which you'll need to have your septic system pumped: household size, total wastewater generated, volume of solids in wastewater, and septic tank size. Talk with your local septic service professional to determine if your septic tank should be inspected and pumped more frequently. You should not inspect the septic tank yourself since the gasses that accumulate in the tank can be lethal.
3.) Watch what you pour down the drains
The eco-system of the septic tank is very delicate. Some household chemicals like bleach and anti-bacterial soaps can kill beneficial bacteria, so you should avoid flushing them down your drains. According to the EPA, flushing or pouring the wrong items—things like cooking oil, grease, toxic cleaners, and paints—into your septic system can also increase how often you need to have your septic tank pumped by a professional.
Finally, make sure that you monitor how much water enters your septic system each day. By conserving the amount of water you use in the home, you can improve the operation of your septic system and reduce the risk of septic system failure. The EPA recommends reducing the amount of wastewater entering your septic system by using high-efficiency toilets and showerheads, faucet aerators, and proper laundry technique. Also be sure that you are selecting the correct load size when you use your washing machine, and try to spread out your use of the machine throughout the week. Overuse of your washing machine can potentially damage your septic system's drain field, the most expensive component of your septic system.