5 Septic System Myths & What You Need to Know Instead

Your septic system exists mostly out of sight and out of mind, so it can be difficult to learn about the proper care and maintenance. There is a lot of information and products floating around out there claiming to help your septic, make it last longer, or save you money. As septic system professionals, we’re here to bust the myths about septic tanks and give you the information you need to know.

Myth #1: A well-maintained septic system will never need to be replaced.

While proper and routine maintenance can extend the life of your septic system, nothing can be done to completely prevent ultimately needing to be replaced. Eventually, your system will break down or corrode due to age and use. However, it’s still important to do regular maintenance and care because it will provide you with many more effective years out of your septic.

Myth #2: You can flush pretty much anything when you have a septic system.

If you want to lengthen the life of your septic and the time between maintenance and repairs, then you should only be flushing toilet paper in the bathroom. Even wipes claiming to be ‘flushable’ are not safe because they do not break down properly. What goes down the drain in the kitchen also needs your attention. Keep items such as grease, coffee grounds, and oils out of your drain. 

Myth #3: You can build on top of your drain field. 

Building structures such as sheds, decks, or patios might seem like a good idea, but in the long term, it will cause you more issues than you think. If any issues arise with your septic, these structures can make it much more difficult for your septic professionals to access your system for needed repairs. It might mean tearing up your structure to get to where they need to go. It could also prevent proper waste breakdown by preventing oxygen and wastewater to enter the ground. Play it safe and protect your septic mound. 

Myth #4: Septic additives can help reduce the need for regular pumping.

Septic additives are advertised as containing enzymes and microbes that help break down the waste in your tank, reducing or preventing the need for pumping. While these products may assist in breaking down the waste in your tank, the damage they can cause to the elements of your septic can actually cause your system to need replacement sooner. The Environmental Protection Agency even advises against the use of these products. 

Myth #5: Professional maintenance isn’t necessary.

It’s never wise to forego regular maintenance from a septic professional. Consistent pumping and inspection are essential to prolonging the life of your system. Specialists can test waste levels, check for corrosion and proper function, and safely pump your tank. In the long run, getting into a regular maintenance routine every 2-3 years is well worth the money. 

If you’re still unsure about some of the information you’re hearing about septic systems, our team of fun, professional septic experts are here to help educate you on the proper care of your system so that you can save money and protect the environment!