Exposing Three Common Myths about Septic Systems

Posted on: 27 September 2016

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Problems with the septic tank of your home can be extremely worrisome because of the significant disruptions and sanitation issues they can create for your home. Being prepared for these issues will require you to have a basic understanding of the truth behind some common septic tank misconceptions.

Myth: The Septic Tank Is the Only Part of the System Prone to Malfunctioning

Many homeowners are under the impression that the septic tank is the only part of these systems that can suffer clogs. However, it is important to note that the drain field can also experience significant clogs. The drain field is essentially a network of pipes that will allow the water from the septic tank to be evenly be drained into the yard. Without the drain field, water would pool above the septic tank when it emptied. To drain water, these pipes have small holes drilled into them, and, if solid debris enters the drain field, it can cause these holes to become clogged. Once this happens, the drain field will no longer evenly dispose of water, which can lead to pooling and erosion problems.

Myth: The Tank Must Be Excavated to Pump It

One of the most important tasks that you can do to maintain your septic system is to have it pumped according to a regular schedule. These tanks can be excellent at decomposing solid organic material that enters them. However, they will never be able to completely break down these substances. As a result, a layer of solid waste will start to gather along the bottom of the tank. If this layer is not regularly removed, solid materials may eventually reach the drain pipe for the septic tank. The schedule for pumping your septic tank should be set according to your home's unique water usage patterns. Fortunately, trained septic contractors are able to review your water usage history to help you set an effective schedule for this type of maintenance.

Myth: You Need to Regularly Add Bacteria to Your Septic System

The septic tank will utilize bacteria to break down the solid waste that enters it. However, some homeowners make the assumption that adding more bacteria will help their systems to function more effectively. Making this assumption may prove to be a serious mistake as adding bacteria to your system can lead to a population explosion followed by a dramatic decline, which may seriously compromise the system's ability to break down matter. Fortunately, it is not necessary to use these additives as the population of the bacteria will naturally balance itself through normal use of your septic system.