Septic tanks are shrouded in mystery. Perhaps, it’s because they are located underground, and thus it’s easy to forget that they even exist. Or maybe most of us just don’t care enough to learn more about them.
Whatever the case, our lack of knowledge in these indispensable systems have resulted in many myths about them. Here are three myths about septic tanks, explained.
Myth #1: Septic tanks will tell you when it’s time to pump them.
When was the last time you had your septic tank pumped? It’s probably been a couple of years, hasn’t it? Well, you are certainly not alone, as most homeowners assume that they don’t have to do it unless there’s a foul odor or the drains are sluggish. By the time you begin experiencing
these problems, you’ve probably waited too long, and the next thing you might be facing is raw sewage backing into your yard and high repair costs.
Fact: Septic tank pumping is a form of preventive maintenance that will save you a lot of headaches in the future. As a rule of thumb, septic tanks should be pumped every three to five years.
Myth #2: Septic additives reduce the need for pumping.
Many homeowners have substituted regular septic tank pumping with tank additives, which supposedly help breakdown the solid waste or scum layer. In turn, this should lead to healthier and more functional septic systems.
Fact: It’s hard to prove how effective septic tank additives are because there isn’t much evidence. Therefore, you should still pump your tank regularly, even if you use additives.
Myth #3: Maintaining your septic system only requires pumping.
There’s a lot of stress on septic tank pumping that many believe is the only form of maintenance needed. Ironically, people still put off doing this simple task.
Fact: As a homeowner, you should take additional maintenance measures like having the entire septic system inspected.
So there you have it, three common septic tank myths debunked. Now, you should be better equipped to care for your septic tank properly. If you have any more questions about septic tank maintenance or any other plumbing issues, don’t hesitate to contact your Jack Ward and Sons Plumbing professionals at (615) 227-2811.