Throw Out These Dangerous Septic System Myths!

There can be a lot of confusion when it comes to owning and maintaining a septic system. This often-overlooked part of your home and property plays a key function in your household. It handles and disperses of all the wastewater your family produces – from the showers, to the kitchen sink, to the washing machine.

But because it’s a more or less “hidden” feature of your home, your septic system may not be an attribute you think about very often. As such, it’s understandable that there are common but inaccurate myths floating around about how to use, repair, and even install your system.

Need to brush up on your septic system knowledge, while ensuring years of safe and worry-free use?

Discard the following myths that may actually be dangerous to the health and lifespan of your system.

Seven Myths About Septic Systems

1. Concrete is always the way to go

For many years, concrete was the only material available for septic tanks. And as such, it’s a common misconception that this is still the case.

However, as technology advances, new varieties of septic tanks are available today. These tanks are actually resistant to the cracks, leaks and corrosion that can plague the outdated concrete septic tanks.

Check out Rotoplas’ new line of septic tanks, which are crafted with three layers of high-density polyethylene, and which make transportation, installation, and maintenance a much easier endeavor.


2. Septic tank additives are ok for your septic system

Not only are septic tank additives an unnecessary expense, but they can actually do more harm than good if not utilized properly. This is because your septic tank relies on a delicate balance of bacteria to filter wastewater properly. Therefore, any foreign substances can damage this harmony.

So instead of using additives to maintain your system, schedule a septic tank pumping every 2-5 years, (depending on your use). This will ensure that your system functions well for years to come.


3. It’s OK to put food down the drain, so long as you use a garbage disposal

Even the smallest particles of food can hinder the aforementioned balance in your septic system, or can cause clogs in the drains that lead to your septic system.

While septic system emergencies due to garbage disposals are fairly rare, it’s a good rule of thumb to always compost or throw away excess foods whenever possible.


4. Your septic tank should always be as empty as possible

Many homeowners are surprised that their tank still appears to be full after a septic tank pumping. But this is a deliberate step.

Your septic tank has a natural operating level which is optimal for it to function. Hence it’s essential to maintain this not-too-empty and not-too-full state to avoid any emergency issues.

If your septic tank is too empty, it can make it harder to break down and filter waste, and can alter that all-important bacteria balance.


5. Extra vegetation growth or water over the drain field isn’t a major concern

The grass may always be greener over the drainage field. But if you notice rapid plant growth or spots of the yard that are more moist than normal, it could be an indication that your drain field has a problem.

Always keep an eye out for these lusher or wetter differences over the drain field. And contact a professional if you notice a drastic change.

For more helpful information about your drain field, check out this recent post.


6. A septic tank pumping will fix any septic problems

A septic tank pumping will certainly help maintain your septic system. But it is not always the ultimate fix when it comes to issues with overflow, slow drains, or other waste water disposal problems.

This is because your septic system as a whole relies on many more attributes to function besides the tank itself. It also relies on the pipes connecting the tank to your household, and the drainage field where the filtered waste water is eventually distributed.

So if you pump your septic tank, and still notice small issues, it’s best to call a plumber, septic specialist, or a septic inspector to get to the root of the problem.


7. Sewer systems are better than septic tanks for the environment

Septic tanks are actually much better for the environment in more ways than one!

Dated municipal sewer systems can be prone to a wide range of environmental problems, from leaks and corrosion, to issues with mass waste disposal.

In contrast, septic systems filter waste water much more effectively. This is because they distribute it to your local environment in a clean and safe manner. As such, you can opt for a septic tank to improve your environment on both a small and global scale.


Need a new septic tank or building a house to include a septic system? Contact us today to find the right tank for your home or property. We can help!

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