Septic tanks are an important part of the sewage system in many homes. They are used for the treatment and disposal of wastewater and usually consist of a tank, a drain field, and a leach field. The septic tank is where the wastewater is stored while it waits to be treated.
We will tackle some common myths about septic tanks and help you understand what’s true and what’s not.
Myth #1: Septic tanks don’t require regular maintenance
To ensure your septic tank is in good working order, it’s recommended to have it pumped every 2-3 years. This frequency can vary based on the size of your tank and how many people live in the house. Leaving any solids or liquids in a septic system for too long can lead to expensive plumbing repairs and unpleasant smells. Good habits and regular maintenance are the best way to extend the life of your septic system.
Myth #2: You can put most things down the drain, and your septic tank will be fine
This is not true. Septic tanks need the help of bacteria and enzymes to break down the waste in them. Various chemicals, such as disinfectants, drain cleaners, and solvents, can kill the beneficial microbes in your tank. Household bleach is an example of a chemical that can cause damage to your system. Pouring these chemicals down your drain can lead to some of the sewage being undigested and put your septic system at risk.
You also want to avoid putting coffee grounds in your septic system. Unfortunately, they don’t digest as other substances do and can end up in your lay bed, where they can cause significant damage.
Avoid putting these chemicals in your drains or toilets to keep your system working correctly.
Myth #3: You can add something to your septic tank that will eliminate the need to pump
Some products can help keep your septic system healthy. Products like these are said to reduce the need for pumping.
It has been claimed that companies can increase sewage digestion by adding ‘secret’ microbes and enzymes to their system. This would potentially eliminate the need for pumping.
However, not all claims are valid and other factors that can’t be measured still affect the performance of septic tanks. Your best bet is to continue with regularly scheduled pumping to keep your system balanced. Well-balanced septic tanks don’t present any issues and will only develop complications if due to an architectural problem with the fixture. It’s much better to pump your septic tank every 2-3 years rather than to use additives that may not work for your system.
Why is it crucial to maintain your septic tank regularly?
Septic tanks are an essential part of your home’s waste system. It is important to follow a regularly scheduled maintenance program in order to keep your system running properly without issues. Lion Home Service can help you pump or repair your septic tank and ensure that you stay on schedule so your system will keep running without problems. Schedule your septic pumping today by calling us at (970) 551-6987.