There are different ways to disinfect your septic toilet. Using bleach shouldn’t be one of them. However, since bleach is a common and a very useful household item, it’s easy for everyone to just grab it and use it for all types of cleaning. Bleach has countless uses. They can be used to whiten surfaces, sanitize, kill germs, and remove stains. In fact, most toilet bowl cleaners you can buy in the supermarket are bleach or chlorine based.
Every chemical you use to clean your sink, toilet, or even what you put in your washing machine can affect your septic system’s lifespan. Therefore, you need to be meticulous in choosing the right product for your septic tank. Failure to do so could result in septic tank problems, expensive repairs, contaminated drinking water, foul odor, and a lot more.
So, why should you avoid using bleach in cleaning your toilet?
See, your septic system is filled with different kinds of bacteria. Each of which has their role in decomposing all your waste. When bleach and other chlorinated chemicals get introduced into your tank, they kill all the bacteria inside that are needed for waste treatment and breakdown.
Thus, the dead bacteria build up in the septic tank with nowhere to go. They consume more septic space that oil, grease, and other solid wastes are pushed out of the tank into the drain field. Putting too much pressure on the drain field can cause failure and you may end up spending money for costly repairs.
Here’s what you should use instead:
Instead of using chlorinated chemicals and bleach, you should use all organic biodegradable cleaning products.
You can also use liquid laundry detergents that are low-sudsing, low phosphate, and biodegradable.