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Myths about Septic Systems

Myths about Septic Systems

It’s no secret that it is important for the health of a septic system to get periodic septic tank pumpings. Many homeowners can attest to the problems that can arise from ignoring this simple task. However, there are many myths regarding septic tank pumping that need to be dispelled.

Septic Tank Pumping Myths

1.  Septic tank pumping only needs to occur when there is a problem

Unfortunately, when a problem is apparent to a homeowner, it is often too late to rectify. Sometimes the entire system might need to be replaced. Routine maintenance, which includes septic tank pumping, is necessary to assure the septic system remains in good working order.

2.  Bacteria additives are not beneficial

A septic system requires the presence of good bacteria to break down solid waste. Many everyday cleaning products that are used in many homes with septic systems have anti-bacterial properties. When these products reach the septic system, they will kill the bacteria that reside there. Using bacteria additives will supplement the volume of bacteria in the septic system.

3.  Over time, regular maintenance costs more than a tank replacement

Replacing an entire septic system is quite costly. Even the lest expensive replacements can run a few thousand dollars. On the other hand, septic tank pumpings are relatively reasonably priced and can easily fit into a household budget.

4.  Anything can be flushed down the toilet

A good guideline to remember is that anything that gets flushed through the toilet will enter the septic system and will eventually reach the drain field. This rule even applies to any hazardous materials or chemicals. This could harm the environment or any person or animal that might come into contact with it. So, it is essential that toilets are only used for their intended purpose.

5.  Septic tank pumping is the only maintenance the system needs

Periodic septic tank pumping is a must but a homeowner’s responsibility does not end there. Problems can also develop in the drain field that simple septic tank pumping cannot take care of. So, having occasional inspections of the entire system is a wise practice.

6.  I can use as much waster as I want

Using an excessive amount of water can overwork a septic system. When a septic system gets overworked, it might be necessary to incur the expense of an additional septic tank pumping or perhaps have even more extensive repairs done. It is important for a household to be mindful of the amount of water they use and conserve it wherever possible.


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  • Jenkins Leroyson
    December 3, 2015, 10:44 am REPLY

    These are some really great things to be aware of with your septic tank. I learned the hard way once that using too much water can be pretty detrimental! It’s important to not have too much water flow so that everything can work out like it’s supposed to. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Zequek Estrada
    July 11, 2016, 9:20 pm REPLY

    I can only imagine the damage that is done to septic systems for people who believe that myth about being able to flush anything down the toilet. I’ve heard that’s already a problem with toddlers. Though I think that if people took time to understand the different aspects of their home then these myth probably wouldn’t’ exist.

  • Jade Brunet
    August 19, 2016, 2:22 pm REPLY

    It is good to know that septic tank pumping can take place even when there is no noticeable problem. This would be a good idea to avoid extensive issues. Another thing to consider would be to find a maintenance company who could do regular inspections for a reasonable price.

  • Jacie Thompson
    September 22, 2017, 11:57 am REPLY

    I’ve always had a dream of living in a cottage and living off the world. The thing I was worried about the most is using a septic tank instead of the city’s plumbing. It’s nice to have the truth about these septic tank myths, especially knowing that the maintenance costs less than tank replacements.

  • Ridley
    October 17, 2017, 10:36 pm REPLY

    It’s great to know these myths about septic systems. I definitely thought that pretty much anything could be flushed, as long as it’d fit in the pipes. However, now I know that all that stuff goes to the drainage field. I’ll start being more careful with what goes down there.

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