A home’s plumbing system and septic tank are so important, and yet so often overlooked until there is a major problem. Here are some common myths about septic systems (and the pipes leading to them) that many homeowners believe:
Myth #1: You don’t have to get your septic tank pumped (or at least not very often)
Truth: You should get your septic tank pumped and inspected every one to three years, depending on its size and how many people live in your home.
Myth #2: Slow draining showers, sinks, tubs, washing machines, and toilets aren’t a big deal.
Truth: This could be a sign that your tank needs to be pumped, or some other type of major plumbing issue. If you have gotten your tank pumped recently and know that is not the issue, you still shouldn’t wait to have a professional plumber come and look.
Myth #3: My well water doesn’t need any maintenance
Truth: If you have a septic system and a well, get the water tested once a year to see if nitrate levels are not too high, which could mean that waste water is overflowing your system and leaching into your water.
Myth #4: I need to use additives in my septic system
Truth: Additives will not prevent backup, properly break down solids, or prevent you from needing to pump and needing to be careful with your system. (In other words, it wouldn’t be a pass to allow you to suddenly start putting everything down the kitchen sink.)
Myth #5: Putting food, chemicals, medicines, etc. down the drain won’t harm the septic system.
Truth: If this is all new to you because you’re coming from a house or apartment without a septic system (especially with a garbage disposal), it may take some getting used to. It’s always best to not put anything except safe liquids such as water or drinks and septic-safe toilet paper and designated septic-safe products down the drain. Not only will this be good for your septic system, but your pipes and plumbing as well.
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