Why Putting Additives In Your Septic System Is A Bad Idea

There is a great deal of misinformation surrounding things you can add to your septic system to help it function better. There are quick fixes and chemical additives that will supposedly allow you to go longer between pump outs, or inspections.

Fact is, most of these additives and quick fixes do little or nothing to help your septic system, and some actually can make matters worse.


Every time you flush your toilet, you add enough good bacteria to keep your septic tank functioning properly. There is simply no need to spend your money to buy extra bacteria for your septic system.

When there is an overabundance of bacteria in your septic tank, they can actually work against one another. Trying to boost the amount of bacteria in your septic tank by adding it from a box, or bottle, is one situation where more of something is not a good idea.


Pouring yeast into your septic system is another myth that has little or no practical benefit. While some bacteria will feed on the yeast, it does nothing to promote good bacteria in your septic tank.

Think about how adding one cup of salt to the ocean would make the water saltier. This is about the same analogy as adding the recommended amount of yeast to your sewer system.

Adding yeast to your septic tank is basically a waste of your time, effort and money. The bacteria will have a tendency to feed on the yeast and not do what they are intended to do, which is to help with the biodegradation process in your septic tank.

Baking Soda

The usefulness of baking soda added to homemade cleaning solutions is another one of the septic tank myths that has ballooned out of proportion. True enough, mixing a little baking soda in chlorine based cleaners can help reduce the adverse effects these harsh chemicals have on the good bacteria in your septic tank, but simply adding baking soda all by itself will do absolutely nothing.

Chemical Additives

You may think that the chemical additives you see advertised, or find on the shelf of your hardware store, are okay to add to your septic system. Septic professionals will strongly suggest otherwise.

These chemicals are nothing but a temporary fix that will not prevent recommended septic tank inspections and regular cleanouts. Additives do little more than put off the inevitable without substantial benefits.

Over-the-counter septic additives can have an adverse effect on the natural biodegrading processes in your tank. Plus, many of the chemical additives will also bleed into the earth contaminating the groundwater around your home.

Don't be tricked by septic tank myths, or fix-all additives. The best way to guarantee your septic system is in top working condition is to have it inspected on a regular basis by a professional septic service. 

To learn more, contact a company like AAA Cesspool & Rooter Service.

About Me

new to owning a home with a septic system

When my husband approached me with the idea of moving out of the city, I was pretty excited. He told me that he had found the perfect house that was out in the country, so we went to check it out. A few months later, we closed on the house and began moving in. Since we were so used to city water and sewage, we had no idea why the yard would have become a swampy mess and smelled like raw sewage. After talking with the neighbor, we found out that there had been septic issues in the past and that we had to call a service. If you share a lack of knowledge about septic systems, our blog can help you learn what we learned the hard way.



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