At Home Septic Tank Treatment

If you have a septic system on your property, you know that there are a few steps to upkeep your system.  You need to be on top of all types of maintenance such as inspections, pumping, and septic tank treatment. At home septic tank treatment is especially important because it is mostly up to you. At home septic tank treatment types are optional, yet highly recommended if you are looking to keep your septic system healthy and extend its lifetime.  These types of at home septic tank treatment options can be purchased at your local store. There are a variety of treatment types to choose from, so this guide will help you decide which types of treatment are best for your tank. Not all treatment types and brands are available everywhere, so this general guide will allow you to be more educated when deciding which treatment to take home from the store with you. Some things to consider are:

Septic System Type

First, you will want to know what kind of septic system you have, just for background. Septic systems are underground wastewater treatment structures, commonly used in rural areas without centralized sewer systems. They use a combination of nature and proven technology to treat wastewater from household plumbing produced by bathrooms, kitchen drains, and laundry. There are six main types of septic systems that could be in your home.  This article details the six types of septic systems and how they work. Knowing the type of septic system you have will allow you to make decisions based on some of the following categories. 

Active Ingredient List

The point of a septic tank treatment is to replicate human bacteria found in natural waste. Therefore, the main active ingredient in a septic tank treatment is bacteria. When shopping for a septic tank treatment, look for a bacteria count that is in the billions. This high number ensures that the treatment is replacing all of the already dead bacteria in the tank.  In addition, check to make sure the treatment type has chemical enzymes in it; this helps break down additional waste products such as toilet paper, so that your system doesn’t get clogged or backed up.  

Treatment Frequency

A general rule of thumb for septic tank treatments is that they need to be performed once a month.  Make sure the treatment you are buying tells you the frequency of use and be sure to record it.  Be sure that this treatment is in addition to your septic system maintenance and septic system pumping.

Treatment Type

You may be slightly concerned about direct exposure to the billions of bacteria in a septic tank treatment. However, many brands have addressed this concern and have made safe ways for these treatments to be distributed. Be sure to read the back of the box to learn about safe dissolve tablets or water-soluble pods.  Learning about this will ensure you are safe and protected when completing your monthly septic tank treatment.


Lastly, knowing how much to spend on a septic tank treatment is key as it will help make sure you don’t over-pay. Entry-level treatments cost around $10-$15 while more popular brands can range from $15-$40. This is the range where most people tend to purchase, as it is effective and not cost prohibitive. However, some high-end treatments with extra bacteria can cost up to $80. Knowing these prices will allow you to purchase the best treatment for your home and for your budget.

Now that you know all about septic tank treatments, be sure to head out to the store to buy one to increase the lifespan of your septic system– a healthy septic system is much less costly! If you have any questions about septic tank treatments, feel free to contact Bay State