What is a Septic Tank?

A story told through definitions

Septic Tank

From Webster’s Dictionary

Septic Tank: an underground tank in which waste matter is decomposed through bacterial action.”

If there is too much solid material in your septic tank, the “bacterial action” is not taking place properly. Why? Not enough bacteria.

What’s Under Your Sink?

Let’s check the labels of some typical home-care products and see what Mr. Webster has to say about them:

Disfectant: “ a means for destroying bacteria.”

Germicidal: “an agent for killing bacteria.”

Antibiotic: “having the capacity to inhibit the growth of or destroy bacteria.”

Sanitize: “to free from germs by cleansing or sterilizing.”

Sterilize: to cleanse by destroying microorganisms.”


Have you noticed the recent rise in the use of anti-bacterial soap?

Anti-Bacterial: “destructive to or inhibiting the growth of bacteria.”

Do you think of what “antiseptic” means as you flush mouthwash down the drain?

Antiseptic: “any substance that inhibits the action of bacteria.”


What are these substances in? Cleaning compounds, detergents, bleach, toilet cleaners, sink and tub cleaners, wax removers, polishes, drain openers, oven cleaners, and many, many other products that we all use in our homes every day. Toilet disinfectants that get dispensed with every flush kill bacteria before they even get to the septic tank! Garbage disposals and water softeners also challenge the bacteria needed for proper septic tank operation. It’s no wonder there are so many failed and failing systems! Are there any products that are better to use than others? Sure, look for one key word, again from Webster’s :

BIODEGRADABLE: “capable of being readily decomposed by bacterial action.”

The Cleaner the Home, The Deader than Tank

So what are we saying here? Should you stop cleaning and disinfecting your home? No, what we’re saying is if you are going to regularly kill bacteria necessary for proper septic tank operation, you need to regularly replace those bacteria. How? With a regular addition of CCLS The Original” bacterial additive. CCLS is USDA-Approved, and has been used in households like yours since 1976.











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