- By Tom Frank
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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.