Rid-X is a chemically based product that is used to help maintain a proper amount of bacteria in a septic tank and reduce the accumulation of sludge on the pipes that carry household waste to the septic tank. A homemade Rid-X product is a cheaper alternative that is more convenient and safer for people, animals and the environment.
Create a solution of 1 qt. warm water, 2 cups packed brown sugar and 1 package of active dry yeast. Mix the solution together thoroughly, then flush down the toilet. Create a solution to use with each toilet in your house. Treat your septic system on a monthly basis to provide a thriving environment for the bacteria that are necessary for breaking down and digesting a large portion of the household waste that enters your septic tank.
Tips for Maintaining Your Septic System
Do not allow sanitary napkins, tampons, cigarette butts, kitchen grease, table scraps, refuse from garbage disposals and harsh chemicals and cleansers to enter your septic system, as these can cause buildup and clogs, and they can also interfere with the bacteria and enzymes that keep your septic system in good running condition.
Limit or completely eliminate the use of antiseptic cleansers and solvents, as these destroy the bacteria that are present in your septic system. Antiseptic cleansers include laundry detergents, bleach, hand soap, dish soap and certain polishes and general cleaning products. Use environmentally friendly cleaning products instead, as they do not contain antiseptic properties that can disrupt the performance of your septic system.
Have your septic system pumped regularly. Too much sludge at the bottom of your septic tank can interfere with the delicate balance of bacteria, water and refuse that the septic tank must maintain in order to function flawlessly.
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