For many homeowners, particularly those without access to a community sewage system, a septic tank is the best solution for effectively treating household waste water. A properly maintained septic system can provide years of satisfactory service. But an improperly maintained system can rapidly deteriorate resulting in contaminated groundwater, unpleasant odors, costly repairs and may even require replacement of the entire system. The best thing you can do to keep your septic tank in peak condition is to treat it regularly.

Treating once a month can keep your septic system in top shape

Basic Maintenance

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends having your septic system professionally inspected at least every three years. This should include uncovering the access holes, flushing all toilets and checking for any sign of back-up, measuring the layers of scum and sludge, identifying leaks and checking all mechanical parts to insure they're working properly. The EPA also recommends having the tank pumped out at least every five years. Septic systems typically have all the bacteria necessary to function properly. However, common household cleaners, oil-based paints, solvents and certain other products that may enter the septic system can significantly reduce the bacteria population. In these cases, additional septic tank treatments can help boost the efficiency of your system.

The Best Treatment

The best septic tank treatment is Rid-X Septic System Treatment. This product activates on contact with water and multiplies the bacterial population the environment can sustain within 48 to 96 hours. Rid-X has been shown effective in breaking down the types of material that are typically emptied into a septic tank, such as toilet paper, vegetable byproducts, fats and grease, proteins and starches. The product is all natural and will not harm people, pets or plants, although it's not recommended you allow pets to drink from the toilet soon after administering this product. Rid-X is easy to use, cost-effective and does not make any outrageous or undocumented claims.


The EPA recommends checking with your local health department before adding any septic tank treatment to you system. Commercial septic tank additives, regardless of their claims, cannot eliminate the need for regular pumping. Some types of commercial septic tank treatments can be harmful to your system.