3 Myths About Your Septic System

Metro Septic Pumping TruckYour septic tank can serve as an easy and highly efficient plumbing system in your home. However, you must understand how your septic tank works and be clear on ways to keep your system in top condition. Unfortunately, there are several myths and misconceptions surrounding septic systems. In order for you to fully reap the benefits of using a septic system, we’d like to debunk three of the most common septic myths:

Myth #1 - Older Septic Tanks Need Additives

Many homeowners falsely believe that septic additives can either clean your tank or make your tank like new again. Unfortunately, there is no magical substance to do that. Only a regularly scheduled septic pumping can effectively rid tank of solid sludge. While additives won’t necessarily harm your system, these enzymes can’t decompose solid buildup like sand, grit and bits of plastic.

Myth #2 - Household Cleaners Are Safe for Your Septic Tank

This is a major misconception. Harsh chemical and household cleaners do an excellent job of killing bacteria and germs in your home, but when you send them down your drains or flush these substances down to your toilet, they can also kill bacteria in your septic tank. Your septic tank relies on a balance of living bacteria to stay healthy and operational. Therefore, to avoid disrupting your septic tank, it is best to avoid flushing your household cleaners or finding cleaning supplies that are marked as “septic safe.”

Myth #3 - Septic Maintenance is Expensive

Septic maintenance involves a routine pumping and cleaning every 3 to 5 years. This is a critical service to prevent costly septic backups and damage to your system. The pumping visit itself is far less expensive than the cost of repairing a failing system. In fact, keeping up with your septic pumping schedule can be the single most important thing you can do to prolong the life of your system and get the most return on your investment.

Still not sure that you understand your septic system? Let us help. At Metro Septic, we are dedicated to keeping our customers informed about septic tank maintenance. Knowing the truth about what your tank needs to function best can save you from disruptive and costly septic problems. Call today to schedule your septic tank pumping with our experts!

Posted on Behalf of Metro Septic and Plumbing

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