The Bacteria in Your Septic System


What Enzymes Live in Your Septic Tanks?

A septic system would never function normally, if not for the billions of naturally occurring bacteria that lives inside of it. The processing of wastewater in septic tanks is largely dependent on those microscopic critters.


Bacteria is naturally present in all septic tanks. Once the wastewater is separated in layers, the process of decomposition begins. The bacteria starts to digest the solids that have gathered at the bottom of the tank. Almost 50% of these solids are transformed into gases and liquids.


The community of bacteria that lives in septic tanks is natural – that is why it is not wise to add more bacteria or enzymes. In some cases, however, an event may cause a lot of bacteria to die – a high dose of cleaning products, for instance, or a sudden change in the pH of the system. Thankfully, bacteria is known to reproduce quickly, and full recovery is a matter of hours.


Bacteria plays another integral part in the process. This happens when the effluent from the tank enters the drainfield, and collides with the biomat. The organisms that live there further digest the organic matter found in the effluent, before it reaches the soil.


There are certain additives on the market, that are said to improve the functionality of your septic tank. We believe that nothing significant can be gained from such products, and prefer to let things go in their natural way.

If you need help with the installation, inspection, or repair of your septic tanks in Orlando, FL, call Safari Septic and Home Services, LLC. We are guaranteed to provide you with a first-grade service, and leave you completely satisfied by our work!