Why Septic Tanks Are Environmentally Friendly

Many people do not realize it, but a home septic tank is actually a very environmentally friendly part of the community. Whether you live in the country or the suburbs, having a home septic system is good for your neighbors, the community and the environment as a whole.

It is easy to see why so many people do not understand the environmental benefits of a home septic system and a quality septic tank. After all, the septic system is not something most homeowners think about on a regular basis. Those septic tank owners simply assume that their tanks will be there when they need them, and that the entire system, from toilet tank to drainage field, will continue to operate as intended.

No matter how much or how little you think about them, septic tanks have a number of important environmental benefits. Here are just some of the environmental advantages having your own on-site septic system can provide for your home and the community.

A Natural Process

Unlike some commercial waste treatment plants, that use artificial and potentially hazardous chemicals, your home septic tank relies on a completely natural process. When you flush the toilet, the waste your family generates is broken down by healthy bacteria, rending the waste products harmless and avoiding environmental contamination.

Since the process is completely natural, there is no need to add harmful chemicals and endanger the environment. The breakdown of the waste products is aided by bacteria found naturally in the environment, allowing your septic system to function as intended and keeping the community safe.

Protection from Communicable Illness

One of the reasons proper waste treatment is so important is that household waste products can present a disease risk to the community at large. Many serious illnesses are spread through contaminated water and soil, but a well-functioning septic tank can prevent this danger and protect everyone in the community.

By allowing homeowners to dispose of their waste products properly, a well-functioning septic tank helps to keep the neighborhood, and everyone in it, safe. Of course, that protection relies on the maintenance of the septic system and the quality of the septic tank, and that is why regular inspections are so important.

Keep Your Septic Tank Running Smoothly

If you have not already done so, now is the perfect time to schedule your next septic tank inspection. Having your septic system, from the tank to the drain fields, inspected and maintained on a regular basis can prevent unexpected breakdowns and enhance the environmental friendliness of your home and back yard.

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