Common Myths About Septic Systems

The Truth About Septic Tanks

You likely don’t think about your septic tank until something goes wrong with it. In those instances, you probably end up kicking yourself for not taking measures like regular septic tank pumping to ensure your tank’s health. Just like any appliance, your septic tank needs frequent maintenance to keep it working the best that it can. However, because you typically don’t think about your tank all that much, it may be easy to believe in these common myths about septic tanks and their systems.

Myth: Repairs Cost Less Than Pumping

Many homeowners believe that pumping their tank will cost them more than just repairing their tank and system when it breaks. This isn’t the case at all. While it may seem as though pumping your tank every few years is a costly business, it actually pales compared to the cost of repairing a septic tank. Because the tank is situated below the ground, as well as its system, there’s a lot of work that is involved in order to even access the tank in order to fix it. This can drive up repair costs. If you really want to spread your dollar, then pay the price to have your tank pumped regularly and to have it maintained.

Myth: Septic Tank Additives Actually Work

This isn’t always the case. While it may be pleasant to think that you’re helping your tank break down all of the waste inside of it by adding in some additives, you’re actually not. In fact, you may be hurting the tank itself by wearing it down. Your body already contains many enzymes that are designed to break down food and waste material. These enzymes also get flushed down the toilet and end up in your tank where they continue to break everything down. Essentially, your tank already has what it needs to break the material down. Additives are only wasting your money and injuring your tank.

Myth: You Need To Pump When It Appears Full

While you may feel that your tank is in need of a pump because the water is reaching its optimal level, that isn’t the case. Instead of looking at the water levels, you need to concentrate on the solids. Once they reach past the optimal level, then it is time to call your local pumping company to empty your tank. Otherwise, you may be wasting more money than you need to. Families typically fill their tanks in four days from water usage alone.