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How to Boost Your Septic System After a Pump Out

If you want to be sure that your septic tank gets back to peak performance after a pump out, boosting your bacterial populations with a biological stimulant will get you there in the shortest time.

If a pump out has diminished your bacterial populations and nothing is done to restore them, it can lead to more frequent pump outs as the bacteria are unable to repopulate quickly enough to digest waste.

How a pump out affects beneficial septic bacteria

When your septic tank is pumped out, the sludge is removed from the bottom of your tank. Whilst this will make more room in your tank, the sludge at the bottom is where the beneficial bacteria necessary for waste digestion live. Removing sludge with a pump out isn’t bad for your septic system, but what can happen is that too much of the beneficial bacteria are removed and this will impact your system’s ability to digest waste and function properly.

Inside your septic tank there’s a delicate ecosystem that if functioning without any issue, is in balance. The bacteria populations are consistent with the waste needed to be digested and are able to overcome any negative influences such as harsh cleaning chemicals. If after a pump out your system isn’t functioning as it did before, it’s because this ecosystem is no longer in balance.

After a pump out there will certainly be some bacteria left in the tank, but they may not be able to repopulate quickly enough to digest new waste. If they’re unable to digest waste efficiently your tank will fill up and you will be calling for a pump out sooner than expected. This leads to an increasingly frequent cycle of pump outs and your system becomes expensive to maintain. This is something we see often and are regularly called upon to fix.

Repopulating septic bacteria after a pump out

Unlike seeding a new septic system in which specialty bacteria need to be added and then boosted so that the system can quickly get to peak performance, an active system that’s been pumped out will still have some bacteria. All that’s needed is a biological stimulant to boost bacterial growth and restore populations to effective levels.

Our biological stimulant based additive does not add enzymes or bacteria, it’s a formulation of nutrients, minerals and amino acids that promote rapid growth of beneficial bacteria that should already exist. Whilst we do provide specialty bacteria that are highly-effective, they often aren’t needed for a system that has been performing well. If a system has been performing poorly for some time our bacteria will help ensure the right bacteria are boosted and the ecosystem is restored.

To find out more about how we can guarantee your system gets back to peak performance, please get in touch with us. Here are what some of our happy, long-term customers are saying.

We have been using the product for over 15 years in our septic system and have had our system pumped out once in all that time and were told our system was the cleanest they had ever had to service.

Gerry Kelly

I love it, I clean everything with it. We have been using it for 11 years and only pumped out once, we where told it was so healthy.

Michelle Wright

We have two septic systems, both treated with EcoCare. Systems have remained trouble free and have not required to be pumped out since we started using the product 12 years ago.. An excellent product.

Bryant Ham

Provides the result that we hope for quickly and easily. No mess, no fuss, no smell, in fact the smell from our grease trap disappears. Our system has not been pumped out a decade or more.

Larry Greetham

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