Common Septic System Myths

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Common Septic System Myths

When it comes to your septic system, do you know the difference between what is factual information versus what is fictional? Sometimes, when we’re out in the field, or just in general, we hear a lot of misconceptions about septic systems — and that's okay! We're here to help and debunk some of these myths for you!

What Not to Believe About Septic Systems

Additives Help Your System Work More Efficiently

Although there are commercial products available that claim to help your septic system and can take the place of pumping your system as often as suggested (three to five years), this isn't necessarily the case. These additives can be harmful to your septic system, costing you more money in the long run.

While they claim that the bacteria and enzymes they contain can break down the contents within your septic system, the enzymes that the additives include can't reproduce. Therefore, there's no sufficient amount of enzymes within the system to break down any elements.

In conclusion: these aren't helpful and can cause long-term damage.

“I Don't Need to Pump My System.”

The short and simple answer is no: pumping your septic system is necessary, and you should pump it every three to five years. Pumping is the only beneficial way to maintain your system. Plus, you're utilizing a professional who knows what they're doing and can effectively treat your system.

Additionally, the importance of pumping your septic system is to keep everything in-line. You don't want to have a build-up of sludge that begins to come up through your drains or spill out of your system in general. Remember: just because you haven't had a problem before, doesn't mean you won't have one in the future.

Household Chemicals Won't Effect My System

This is false. They won't cause traumatic damage to your septic system, but they will throw off the natural balance within your system. The bacteria in your system is crucial in keeping your septic tank operating correctly. These natural, living bacteria maintain a balance within your system, adding chemicals into the mix can throw that balance off. To avoid this, simply don't pour household chemicals directly down the drain, or in your toilet, to dispose of them.

Now that these myths have been debunked, we hope that you have a better understanding of your septic system and feel confident in maintaining your system in the future. However, if you do have problems with your septic system, you can call the NoCo Septic team at (720) 513-5037.