There are many myths about septic system maintenance, and they seem to come from a lack of understanding how septic systems work. Here are a few myths you may have heard from neighbors, family, or friends. Let’s shed some light on these.
As long as you are using the commode, you are adding natural bacteria to the tank with each flush. In most cases there is no need to use additives in your septic tank.
Using additives will not prevent, or remedy, a backup. Backups in the house are usually caused by a plumbing issue or a problem with the drainfield — here’s some things to check if your septic system is backing up.
The paper and waste that enter the septic tank break down naturally (as long as you aren’t putting things down the drain that should go in the trash can). Those solids accumulate over time and need to be removed from the tank so they don’t enter your drainfield.
Using additives does not break down the solids, nor does it make them disappear. They are still in the tank and still need to be removed periodically (every 3-5 years).
If you wait until you have a problem to pump your septic tank, pumping won’t solve your problem.
Septic system problems are usually due to the drainfield failing, which can be caused by not pumping your tank. Once solids are past the tank into the drainfield, pumping the inside of the tank doesn’t do a bit of good.
Waiting too long to pump your septic tank is a bad idea.
Believing any four of these myths can result in an inefficient or damaged septic system. Being careful what you put down your drains and scheduling regular pumpings is the best way to prevent problems or system replacement.
If it’s been 3-5 years since your last septic pumping, it’s time to schedule another. Call us at 210.698.2000 (San Antonio) or 830.249.4000 (Boerne) or contact us online to discuss your septic needs.
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