Myths About Septic Tank

Septic Tank Myths

It is legal to construct a structure atop a septic tank as long as it is not “permanent.”

Any structure put over the tank or drain field might cause a slew of problems for your system. Accessibility while pumping is the most prevalent and expensive. If your tank is difficult to service, pumping will be more expensive, and whatever was put on top of it will most likely have to be removed or destroyed. The drain field, in particular, should remain open and able to get enough oxygen via the earth to keep the system in good working order, saving you time and money in the long run.

After 20 years, septic tanks must be replaced.

After two decades of service, many septic systems are still in great operating order. The systems that endure the longest are the ones that are well-maintained and reduce non-processable trash. The working life of a septic system has a lot more to do with management than with an arbitrary lifespan assumption. Maintaining a pumped system free of developing tree roots and debris helps ensure that your system lasts as long as feasible.

It is impossible to repair a congested system.

Many clogged sewage systems can be repaired with regular maintenance, so replacement isn’t always required. Clogs may necessitate jetting, which entails placing access ports on the ends of inlet lines so that you can give them an internal pressure wash to clean them. There’s no reason why a septic system can’t last for years provided the input lines are jetted internally from time to time in addition to pumping.

Pump-Outs Aren’t Required

The truth is that having your septic tank drained every two or three years is the most effective and cost-effective approach to keep your system running smoothly.

Companies marketing septic additives spread the no-pump myth. According to the claims, adding secret bacteria and enzymes to the system can promote complete sewage digestion, obviating the need to pump the tank every few years.

It’s an appealing concept, but it’s hazardous and largely reliant on hope. How do you know that indigestible sludge isn’t piling up to deadly levels in your tank year after year if you don’t pump it out?

Is there, after all, an additive that can completely digest hair, lint, fingernail clippings, fat, and all the other indigestible elements that accumulate on a septic tank’s floor?

Pump-outs are the only way to ensure that dangerous levels of indigestible solids do not get to the level of the tank outlet and flow out, clogging the leaching pipes in your system.

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