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The Septic Professionals

Your Wastewater System


Your wastewater system

Where Does Your Washing Machine And Dish Wastewater Go?

Wastewater from your washing machine and dishwasher may either go to your septic tank and/or cesspool or to a separate disposal system called a dry well. This wastewater can be problematic due to its high concentrations of soaps and detergents. In high enough concentrations, soaps and detergents can be inhibitory and even biocidal to many bacteria. Proper maintenance requires a little extra work.

K-87 Soap Digester

Roebic K-87 Soap Digester is a blend of specialized, patented bacteria that thrive in environments with high concentrations of soaps and detergents. These bacteria have the genetic capabilities to degrade soaps and detergents, neutralizing the detergent's harmful effects on other bacteria. The bacteria in this product do their work without negatively effecting other bacteria essential to keeping a system running smoothly. Regardless of whether your wastewater goes to a septic tank, cesspool, or a drywell, you should use this product at least twice a year, and more frequently if necessary.

Space out your wash-loads: Spacing out your wash loads and by not doing three or four loads back to back serves two purposes. First, it helps to increase the time over which harmful soaps and detergents are being introduced to the system, helping to "soften the blow." Second, it helps to ease capacity pressures put on your system by adding the volume to the system over time. For example, your system will have an easier time treating an additional 100 gallons of wastewater over 6 hours than it will if the 100 gallons were dumped into the system all at once.

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