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Buttermilk for Your Septic Tank?


You probably read this title and thought, "What, really buttermilk?" Buttermilk has been around for a long time, actually since before the 18th century. Buttermilk is what is left after making butter. Now if you happen to make homemade butter you'll have a liquid leftover hence buttermilk! But when it's commercially made it gets cultured. By adding live lactic acid bacteria to low-fat milk and this gives it that tangy taste. The live cultures from lactic acid bacteria in buttermilk helps balance out harmful and healthy bacteria.

Your septic system actually has good bacteria.Your system acts as an underground wastewater system. Your system breaks down organic matter with the help of 2 different types of bacteria. The bacteria are aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic bacteria needs oxygen. This bacteria breaks down organic waste and feeds off of the waste. Anaerobic bacteria doesn't need as much oxygen as aerobic does. When organic matter enters your tank it eats and digests it. Without aerobic and anaerobic bacteria your tank would have to be pumped out quite frequently. But because of this bacteria your tank should only need to be pumped out once every 3 to 5 years per environmental health recommendations.

Unfortunately there are products out there on the market that claim to add healthy bacteria to your septic system. They can actually do more harm than good because they contain chemicals that can destroy the good bacteria that help keep your system happy and healthy. They can also cause damage to your pipes and your entire septic system. Not to mention the potential damage to the soil and ground water. If you still feel like you need to add a treatment to your tank for peace of mind, just add buttermilk! It's natural and a much cheaper solution as well! Thanks for reading and if you have any questions please feel free to email us or connect with us on Facebook!

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