5 Myths About Owning A Septic Tank

Owning a septic tank can be great for your household. A septic tank can save you quite a bit of money on your utility bills and, in addition, if used properly, it can mean that you're performing a service for the environment, as well. However, throughout the years, many rumors have arisen about the use and ownership of a septic tank. The validity of almost all of these claims is not in question: they are patently false. Myths about owning a septic tank are perhaps the most common of all household myths. Luckily, you have this handy dandy guide at your fingertips. Throughout this guide, you will see 4 myths about owning a septic tank debunked.

Using Additives Prevents Backups

Backups are the provenance of a plumbing issue. This is to say that there is a clog in one of the many drains in your house and it has nothing to do with a lack of additives or seeds in your septic tank. To avoid backups in your septic tank, you don't need to use additives, but you do need to use common sense. Don't flush anything into your septic system that the system can't handle, including feminine hygiene items, garbage, or large clumps of toilet paper. If you stay smart about the things that you send into your septic system, you shouldn't have to worry about backups. 

Household Chemicals Don't Harm The Septic System

Many people believe that household chemicals are a harmless thing to introduce into the septic environment, but this is incorrect. Household chemicals that are introduced into the septic system destroy the good bacteria, the bacteria present in the septic tank that helps to break down the waste, causing waste to break down faster. If you can, avoid washing any chemicals down the drain into your septic system. 

With The Use Of Additives, You Won't Need To Pump Your Tank

First and foremost, the use of solids that go into your tank break down naturally, with the exception of materials that don't belong in the tank. Additives, such as certain bacteria additives, can help break down that waste a lot more quickly. However, even with the right bacteria additives, your tank will still need to be pumped. The solids in your tank will build up over time and will eventually overflow if the tank is not pumped accordingly. 

Your Septic System Will Last a Lifetime

Unfortunately, both your septic system and your drainfield will not last a whole lifetime. With proper maintenance and care, however, your septic system can last at least 20 years. Septic systems that are properly maintained, by checking for damage, clogs, pumping properly and ensuring the waste is breaking down properly, won't have to be replaced for at least this long.

You Shouldn't Pump Your Septic Tank Unless You're Having A Problem

Many people are under the impression that having your septic tank pumped means that you have a problem with your septic tank, in general. This isn't the case. Having your septic tank pumped is a natural part of having a septic tank. You should have a professional from a company like Walters Environmental Services Inc. pump your septic tank every 3 to 5 years, regardless of whether or not you're having an issue with it or not. There are several reasons for this, but the primary reason is that solids do enter your plumbing system and are carried to your septic tank. Having your septic tank drained ensures that all of these solid wastes are removed and your septic tank does not overflow into your drainfield.

Having a septic tank and septic system can be one of the most beneficial things that you've ever done for you and your family. However, it is important to be aware of harmful myths that can ultimately damage the tank and system as a whole.