Options For Disinfecting Your Home's Septic System

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Your septic system is a breeding ground for bacteria and germs. The last thing you want is for the germs or bacteria to leach out of your system and into your home or yard. Luckily, you can help prevent this from happening by choosing a disinfection method that works for your specific needs.


One function of your septic tank is to allow moisture to seep into the drainage field. This function keeps the level of wastewater inside the tank low, but germs and bacterium can leave the tank with the water. To help eliminate this issue, you can use chlorine to disinfect the wastewater inside the tank.

Chlorine comes in a few forms such as a liquid, gel or powder. In most cases, the chlorine is placed into one of your drains, such as the toilet, and then it is flushed into the septic tank. Once the chlorine reaches the tank it starts to eliminate the bacterium and germs in the water.

One important side note is that chlorine is a corrosive substance. This means that if the chlorine level is too high, it can corrode any metal portion of your septic system. For this reason, you need to hire a septic company to disinfect the tank with chlorine. The workers will know how much chlorine to add, since each tank size and model will require very specific amount of this substance.

Ultraviolet Light

When you prefer to avoid chlorine, you can find a septic company in your area that offers ultraviolet light disinfection equipment. Ultraviolet (UV) light destroys the cellular structure of most germs and bacterium, which makes it a viable alternative to chlorine.

With this method, a septic company installs a UV box inside your septic tank. The light emits from the box and disinfects the wastewater that leaves your home. Some companies offer smaller boxes that attach to the main sewage line of your home, so that as the wastewater is disinfected as it flows through the pipe.

The only downside to UV disinfection is the installation process. The process will involve accessing the sewage system of your home. To determine the extent of the work required, you will need to consult a septic company (like Kulp and Sons) in your area. The company will need to evaluate the size of your tank and the location of your sewage line, which will help them recommend the best UV light model for your septic system.


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