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6 Septic Tank Myths

6 Septic Tank Myths

Septic systems are a vital part of most homes that don’t rely on municipal sewer lines for waste management. However, misconceptions around how these systems function lead to damage, costly septic tank repair, or replacement of the entire system. A septic tank can run for years without showing detectable signs of deterioration, but that doesn’t mean it is in optimal condition. Septic Connection has a team of experienced and well-equipped technicians ready to help you maintain an efficient and healthy septic system. Here are some of the common myths surrounding septic tanks.

A Clogged System Can’t Be Fixed

Most clogs can be cleared quickly by a professional septic service without damaging your yard by rebuilding the entire system. However, if your septic tank is over twenty years old, your field pipes are clogged, preventing them from draining. Clogs can be caused by several things, including tree roots or massive particles. Therefore, we recommend upgrading to a modern and more efficient system for a building with an old septic tank.

It Would Help if You Pumped a Full Tank.

If you look inside your septic tank, you might think it is complete because the liquid level tends to remain the same. Most people consider this a sign you are due septic tank pumping, which is not always the case. Rather than checking the wastewater level to determine if your tank should be pumped, consider the amount of solid waste at the bottom. If there’s no accumulation of solid waste, you don’t have to pump your tank. Signs like backed-up sinks and toilets mean you are due professional septic tank maintenance.

Add Yeast Regularly

Many homeowners believe that adding yeast to the septic tank helps the biological organisms that occur naturally and break down solid waste. However, research shows that is notion is misguided, and the yeast tends to do more harm than good. The bacteria break down the solid waste, but yeast causes debris to build up, which is the opposite. Therefore, yeast is not a recommended additive, and continued use can compromise the efficiency and function of your system.

There’s No Need to Pump if You Use Additives

While additives are effective in maintaining a healthy septic tank, not every product on the shelf is suitable for your system. The goal is usually to introduce enzymes and bacteria into the system to improve sewage digestion and reduce pumping frequency. The reality is that a well-maintained system doesn’t need additives, and they shouldn’t be used as alternatives to pumping.

You Can Build Structures Over a Septic System

A septic tank installation company usually assesses your yard to determine the most suitable place to install the septic tank. This is typically a place far from patios, trees, decks, or other structures that can affect normal function and maintenance. You also risk insufficient ventilation to prevent algae growth, foul odors, and mosquito breeding.

You Can Put Anything Down the Drain

Although the septic tank is designed to hold solid and liquid waste, not everything is meant to be disposed of there. Avoid draining excessive bleach and other chemicals that affect the balance of healthy bacteria in your septic system. Consult a septic service for guidance on what should and shouldn’t go down the drain to avoid septic tank repair emergencies.

Contact us at Septic Connection and schedule an appointment with our team of experts to learn more about maintaining a durable and efficient system. We guarantee exceptional septic tank installation and maintenance at competitive market rates.