Many homeowners regard a septic system as an unsanitary necessity. In reality, it is a sophisticated system that uses a delicate balance of enzymes and bacteria to safely breakdown household waste. These microbes treat all wastewater that comes from your home. As long as you have sufficient bacterial action in your septic system, it will be a functioning waste-processor.

What Is A Septic System?

A septic system doesn’t only consist of the main sewage line and a tank, but also the drain lines from all fixtures of your home, including your sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and showers. The drain field or leach field is also a significant component of your septic system.

All the components, namely the drains, pipes, septic tank, the tank’s microbe content, and drain field, work in close interaction to safely break down waste.

Your septic system needs extensive care and maintenance to ensure that it is always in working order. You have to maintain your drain field, pay attention to what you flush or pour down your drains, and use water efficiently.

Bacteria Reduction Or Elimination

Most dish soap products are antibacterial. In theory, if these products enter your septic tank system, they can kill the microbes that break down waste.

There are many different dish soap products. Typically, the type of dishwashing soap that generates suds when you stir the water has very low antibacterial content once in the sink; it’s too dilute to affect bacterial levels in a septic tank.

Dishwasher detergents, on the other hand, can impact the function of your septic system. These dish soaps do not create suds inside a dishwashing appliance. Manufacturers add phosphates or nonylphenol ethoxylate surfactants to make these products more effective in lifting grime and dirt off the dishes.

The combination of high-pressure water, high temperatures, and the surfactants in the soap cleans the content of the dishwasher and kills all bacteria from the surfaces. However, when these compounds enter your septic tank, they can then kill enough bacteria and enzymes to damage your septic system.

Blockage Formation

In addition to affecting the microbial content of your septic tank, powdered dish soaps can also form clogs in your septic system. These products typically contain sodium and fillers that don’t dissolve in water, and when they enter your septic system, they can settle in pipes where they accumulate over time to form a blockage.

Soil And Water Contamination

A functioning septic tank’s outflow should consist of clean water that is rich in nutrients. However, if soaps that contain phosphates enter your septic system, they can eventually filter through to your septic drain field, which is also part of your septic system.

The result is the contamination of the soil and surrounding water, which can kill plants and animals. Contamination from dish soaps can also cause algae blooms in the area.

Contact Front Range Septic

Dish soaps can cause considerable damage to your septic system.

If dish soap has accumulated inside your septic tank, contact Front Range Septic for professional residential septic tank pumping service.