Common Myths About Septic Systems

Septic tanks are used throughout the nation for homes that don’t have access to public sewer lines. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about septic tanks, which can lead homeowners to unwittingly harm their septic system while following some misguided advice. The last thing our septic plumbing experts want is for homeowners to damage their septic systems because of a myth they may have heard from an ill-guided, albeit well-meaning, friend or family member. Accordingly, we’ve decided to help prevent such a tragedy by debunking some of the most prevalent septic system myths!

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What To Know Before Installing A New Septic System

Myth #1: Well-Maintained Septic Systems Never Need Replacing

Some people believe as long as you keep your septic system in good condition, it will never need to be replaced. While this would be fantastic news, it’s not true. No matter how well-maintained your septic system is, the tank will need to be replaced at some point. With proper maintenance, regular pump-outs, efficient water use, appropriate water disposal, and so on — your septic system can last anywhere from 20 to 30 years. Fortunately, Jones Plumbing & Septic Tank Service offers septic tank installation. Once your septic tank is beyond its functional lifespan, our septic plumbers can install a new one.

Myth #2: Septic Tanks Don’t Need Pumping If You Use Additives

You may have heard claims that using additives in your septic system will make pump-outs unnecessary, but this isn’t true. The claim is that microbes and enzymes from additives will completely break down and digest the waste in septic tanks. However, microbes and enzymes from additives can do more harm than good by eroding tank walls and causing chemicals to leach into the drain field. Regular tank pump-outs are a necessary part of septic tank maintenance. Jones Plumbing & Septic Tank Service offers professional and efficient septic tank pumping services!

Myth #3: You Can Flush Almost Anything

Another common and particularly destructive septic system myth is you can flush nearly anything down the drain. This is not the case. While septic systems are relatively robust, they can’t handle having just anything chucked down the drain. Keep in mind that septic systems are designed exclusively for wastewater and sewage. Accordingly, nothing more than toilet paper and human waste should be flushed down the drain. Feminine hygiene products, cat litter, grease, paper towels, and even “flushable wipes” should never be flushed down the toilet as they can cause blockages and damage your septic system.

Myth #4: Clogged Septic Systems Can’t Be Repaired

You may have heard if your system becomes clogged, your only option is to replace the tank or the entire septic system. Fortunately, this myth is false. Depending on where the clog is located and why it occurred, a pressure-washing technique known as water jetting can clear the clog and restore the system’s functionality. A septic tank will inevitably need repairs, even with routine maintenance. Our technicians regularly repair septic tanks suffering from broken pipes, drain field failures, and clogs caused by improper disposal of household products and substances. For professional septic tank repairs, call Jones Plumbing & Septic Tank Services today!