Why softwash run-off should NEVER be directed into a septic tank or reed bed
Septic tanks and reed beds depend on micro-organisms – such as bacteria, fungi and algae – to break down sewage. That's fine and under normal circumstances they do their job and all's well with the world.
The problem with softwashing around septic tanks and reed beds arises because softwashing chemicals are designed to kill these same micro-organisms.
So if softwashing chemical run-off goes into a customer's septic tank or reed bed it will destroy the biological environment that safely breaks down the sewage.
This means the efficiency of the sewage treatment system will at the very least be severely impaired and it could quite likely stop working altogether.
Clearly, the customer will not be happy when, a few weeks after a contractor has cleaned their property, they discover their nice clean house came at the cost of their septic tank or reed bed ...
So what's the solution?
The simple solution is, when pricing a job, to ask a customer if they a) have a septic tank or reed bed b) where it is situated.
Then simply ensure that softwashing chemical run-off stays well clear of their sewage system. If necessary re-direct the run-off to a foul drain, if available, or to a safe location where it can be pumped into containers and transported away from the site for safe disposal.
We hope this information is helpful and inspires you to succeed in your softwashing business.
Ben, Leo & Fiona
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