Fact or Fiction? Common Myths About Septic Systems

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Do you know how your septic system works? We’ve found that most homeowners never really think about where their wastewater goes and they only have a fuzzy understanding of the waste treatment process. To see if you really understand what’s going on in your drains, let’s examine some common myths about septic systems and the actual facts.

What Are Some Myths About Septic Systems?

There are many myths about septic systems, but we are going to take a look at 7 common ones.

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1. Cleaners and chemicals won’t harm the system.

If you aren’t a label-reader at the grocery store, you may not know that many cleaners contain harsh chemicals that break down good bacteria as well as bad. If too many of these cleaners enter your septic system, they can disturb the breaking down process and cause a lot of harm.

2. It doesn’t matter what you flush down the toilet.

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of only flushing toilet paper down your toilet. Paper towels, baby wipes, and feminine products can clog your pipes, causing damage that is both extensive and expensive.

3. Bacteria additives cure all.

Homeowners who have taken the time to read up on their septic systems may be under the impression that septic tank additives will prevent all potential problems and keep the system running smoothly. While certain bacterial additives can be helpful in some cases, they are certainly not a cure-all, and they are not all created equal. Speak to a septic system professional before investing in additives.

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4. Every problem in the system will be extremely obvious.

Septic systems contain a lot of moving components. Not every problem will be immediately evident, especially if it’s tucked down in the pipes or under the drain field. That is why it is important to pay close attention to the workings of your system.

5. Septic systems last a lifetime.

Septic systems might seem like an out-of-the-way service that will never fail you, but they have a lifespan just like every other service and appliance. The better you treat your system, the longer it will last. However, it will not last forever!

6. Septic systems don’t need professional maintenance.

This might be the biggest myth out there. Septic systems do need professional maintenance, and they need it regularly. You should have your system examined every 1-2 years, preferably annually. Professionals can locate potential problems at the source and prevent them from developing further.

7. Only septic tanks need to be inspected.

Every component of your septic system needs to be inspected, not just the tank. Ensure that you are not favoring one part over the rest.

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How Can You Care for Your Septic System?

The best way to debunk the myths mentioned above is to be vigilant in maintaining your septic system. Check the various components often, and schedule annual maintenance by a professional. It is always better to catch problems early to save money and to avoid long-term issues.

Norway Septic Inc. is a service-oriented company dedicated to providing excellent septic tank cleaning and septic tank pumping services to homeowners and business owners in the Michiana area. We take pride in doing the job that others leave behind. If you have further questions or if you would like to schedule a system inspection by one of our professionals, call us today.

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