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Septic Tank Cleaner

If you live in a rural area, chances are you have a septic tank. Septic tanks depend on the action of bacteria to break down solids. You can prevent sludge buildup and keep bacteria working hard for you by using this formula once a month.


  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed,
  • 1 package active dry yeast,
  • 1 quart of warm water.

Mix thoroughly, pour into the toilet bowl, and flush.

By Francene from Bremerton, WA

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 24, 20060 found this helpful

when we had our septic tank cleaned the plumber told us what he did is to put 11 pkg. of yeast down the toliet an has been doing this for years with no problem.

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March 1, 20170 found this helpful

how often does he do this ?

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 25, 20060 found this helpful

Thank you so much. I was just contemplating buying something for that purpose. I was wondering, could you use white sugar as well?

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 2, 20060 found this helpful

Great to know. I need and wonder if it also can be used to EAT tree roots in water/sewer pipes? We have a ton of trees, and several slower and slower draining pipes and brown water coming through the fresh water. I fear the worst and have NO money for
plumbing bills. In Houston, TX., we routinely put RID-X through the drains to destroy roots. ANYONE KNOW
OF A HOMEMADE equilivant to the enzymes in RID-X? We now have an OLD home with severe stress from the heat, and no extra money in sight. IF THE PIPES ARE dislodged by the tree roots, we will have to LIVE with it unless we can somehow learn where the pipes are and possibly, but unlikely to be able to being disabled, TRY to dig enough to find the
problem. OTHERWISE, we will have to continue to
have faith that we won't get sick or die from it. I MIGHT be able to buy drinking/cooking water from


the nearest health food store that sells it cheaply, and that is all I worry about the most with the dilemma. Being able to concoct something that will eat the roots in the sewer line seems more probable
than digging up the fresh water line from house to street, much less being able to repair it should we
FIND the line/problem.

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 14, 20070 found this helpful

Those small packages of yeast purchased from any grocery store will do the trick--1 pak per month emptied into the toilet. More importantly, make sure you have a filter (a woman's nylon hose attached to the drain hose) on your washing machine water so that non-organic material won't clog your leach field pipes, one of the major causes of septic system failures.


Houston--if you pay (directly or indirectly) for city water, then some, if not most communities are responsible for your pipes to your water meter. Depending on its location, the city could be responsible for insuring that tree roots are not interfering with fresh water pipes. Check with your city's water department to be certain. Sewer pipes are another matter. If you know all your house drains are clear of hair and grease (open/check the sewer pipe trap--the inside one that is closest to the street--is a frequent culprit), then ask the city's sewer dept. if they are responsible for tree roots. They have the equipment to clear the sewer pipes. Good luck!

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