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Bacteria is NOT Always Bad

A plumber unclogs a sewer drain with his Plumbing Snake and tools.

With the media spouting off information every day about the dangers of germs, many people are stuck believing that all bacteria are bad and harmful. Bacteria are put in a negative category, and many people try to avoid all bacteria like they would avoid a plague. However, while there are harmful bacteria that can cause infection in your body, your septic tank actually thrives off bacteria. In fact, your septic tank desperately needs bacteria to perform its task.

A septic tank is a living environment. The primary role of your septic tank is for it to digest organic materials that enter the tank (i.e., the waste from your home). The tank is designed to separate oils, grease, and solids from the wastewater so that the wastewater can be distributed to the drain field. To accomplish this, the septic tank has a precise microbial system that includes yeast, enzymes, and bacteria to keep it healthy and balanced.

Although bacteria are not glamorized in any way, their role is to be the workhorses of your septic system. Trillions of bacteria need to be naturally present and working on decomposing the solid waste in your tank so that it performs well. There are two types of bacteria in your tank: Aerobic and Anaerobic. Aerobic bacteria are more efficient at breaking down and using waste as fuel. These bacteria need plenty of oxygen to survive, and they are highly sensitive to environmental changes. Anaerobic bacteria are more resilient to environmental changes, and because they require little to no oxygen, the septic tank’s environment suits them.

As solid waste settles on the bottom of your septic tank, the bacteria work to break down solids by digesting the waste as their fuel and excreting it as liquids and gases. The bacteria are so efficient they can handle decomposing up to 50% of the waste in your tank. Without the work of these bacteria, it is hard for the flow, pumps, and filters to work inside the tank.

At Septic Service Pro, we love helping customers understand their septic tank systems. By learning about the process of what goes on inside your tank, you can be better equipped to take care of your system and protect your plumbing investment going forward. Call us today to learn more.

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Cumming Office

562 Lakeland Plaza, Suite 202
Cumming, GA 30040

Buford Office

6295 Holly Court
Buford, GA 30518

Phone: (678) 899-6457

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Based on 117 reviews

Jim is a true professional who worked with me over months to identify and correct septic field problems. His positive attitude and helpful discussion in resolving issues is the best I found.


Mike and Shane came out and did an outstanding job on replacing our septic pump. Same day service - and they came out on a Friday evening! Mother's day would not have been very happy if they didn't save the day. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!


We had our septic tank pumped and baffle tee replaced. The guys were on time, respectful and quick. They cleaned up very well after the job and even fluffed our pine straw to perfection!! We'd recommend these guys without hesitation.


Michael and Shane did an awesome job. Had to pump the septic,install a new baffle tee and tail out line. Very little yard displaced. Will definitely use Septic Service Pro again. Very pleased.


We live in Dawsonville. The crew that came out was very professional. The company owner explained to me the value and the many details about the septic that I did not know, that is why I chose them in the first place. Excellent service. R.McGary


Jim and his crew installed a new leech field for us quickly and professionally at a very reasonable cost. They handled all of the permitting and inspections and completed the work in a timely manner. Would recommend them to anyone.


Michael and assistant pointed out a leaking toilet that I didn't know I had (saved me $ there!). They also disturbed very little of the yard to get to the tank. Not the super cheapest but no hard upsell when they got here. Very pleased.


The team was efficient, friendly, knowledgeable and FAST to arrive. The bill was extremely reasonable for the work needed to be done. I would HIGHLY recommend Septic Service Pro.


These guys were amazing. Jim and Mike came when they said they would, did the job, explained everything they did. Very courteous,and professional. I am a handicapped person and felt extremely comfortable with them at my home. Thank you!!!!!


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Septic Service Pro Cumming, GA

Cumming Office

562 Lakeland Plaza, Suite 202
Cumming, GA 30040

(678) 899-6457

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6295 Holly Court
Buford, GA 30518

(678) 899-6457

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