We’ve debunked the top five most common septic system myths surrounding septic system care and maintenance. Have you ever heard questionable tips and tricks when it comes to taking care of your septic system? We’ll help you stay informed and explain the truth about how to keep your system in tip-top shape.

Septic System Myth 1 – Pumping a Septic Tank is Not Necessary

Say goodbye to pumping your septic tank every few years! This alluring promise is what companies selling septic additives want you to believe. They claim that their secret blend of microbes and enzymes can completely digest sewage, making the need for pumping a thing of the past. But is this too good to be true? Let’s explore the no-pump myth and separate fact from fiction.

Do you find the idea of using an additive in your septic tank tempting? It’s worth considering the risks involved and understanding that these formulas are usually based on hope rather than science. Ignoring the importance of proper pump-outs can lead to the accumulation of indestructible sludge in your tank, which can eventually cause substantial problems. (See image below)

Have you ever wondered what happens to all the amazingly nasty stuff that accumulates at the bottom of a septic tank? Well, get this – additive manufacturer’s would have you believe there’s an additive that can actually break down everything from hair to nail clippings to straight up fat.

We’d tell you they are wrong, and those additives can actually do more harm than good. Regular pump outs are the only way to be sure to rid your tank of the indigestible solids that could eventually clog your system.

Don’t get bogged down with septic tank issues – keep it flowing smoothly with regular pumping! Did you know that having your tank emptied every couple of years is not only the most efficient, but also the most wallet-friendly way to maintain your septic system? Don’t let a backed-up system mess with your lifestyle – give your septic tank the care it needs! This image is a great example of a septic system that has not been properly maintained and as you can see we had to use an excavator to scoop our the sludge.

Cleaning Sludge from Septic Tank

Septic System Myth 2 – A Septic System That is Clogged, Must Be Replaced

Did you know that there’s often hope for a clogged septic system even when it seems like the only solution is replacement? With proper maintenance, many systems can be fully restored and avoid the costly and disruptive process installing a new septic tank and system. So before pulling out the bulldozer and calling in the construction crew, consider giving your septic system a little TLC – it could save you a bundle and keep your property looking beautiful too. We can help. Clogs in septic systems can be caused by a variety of factors. Three of the most common culprits include sewage solids that can’t be broken down, slimy biomat growths, and pesky tree roots. The good news is that these issues can often be resolved without having to replace the system. So, if you’re experiencing septic system trouble, don’t fret! There are solutions out there to keep your system running smoothly.

We often can use a process called jetting. This is like pressure washing for your septic system. Jetting is one of the processes that can help keep your system running smoothly.

Unfortunately, the job we did in this image the clog was so bad, the pipes had to be replaced.

Clogged Sewer Drain Line

Septic System Myth 3 – You Can Put Anything Down The Drain And Your Septic System Will Be Fine

It really matters what you put down a drain. Coffee grounds are a NO-NO. They do not break down in the septic system and can seep into the leaching bed. Chemicals such as bleach, disinfectants, solvents, and drain cleaner can kill and diminish beneficial microbes. Eventually, these microbes will replenish themselves over time. So be aware of what you are putting down your drains and flushing down your toilet.

Septic System Myth 4 – Flushing a Dead Mouse Down the Toilet Will Help a Septic System

Contrary to popular belief, dead mice don’t contain any special microbes that do the trick. Instead, every flush introduces a fresh batch of beneficial microbes to the system. This myth has been debunked. A dead mouse doesn’t provide your septic system any benefits.

Septic System Myth 5 – A Septic System Can’t Last 15 to 20 Years.

A properly maintained septic system can last decades. On the other hand, we’ve seen septic systems that have only lasted from 5 to 7 years. This is because of lack of proper maintenance. Proper maintenance is having your tank pumped regularly, avoiding putting chemicals and poison down the drain and keeping your leaching bed free mowed, free of debris and roots.

There are many myths about septic systems, these are some of the most common we hear. Like we’ve stated before, maintaining a septic system will ensure your system will function properly for many years.

Call us today with any questions, to have your septic system repaired, or to have your tank pumped. (229) 356-1786

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