If you’ve never owned a home with a septic system — or even if you have — you may have some misconceptions about how septic systems work, and how to keep them functioning at their optimal level.
For example, did you know that it’s actually more cost-effective to pay for scheduled maintenance rather than waiting until you have to pay for repairs?
We want to debunk some common septic system myths so you can proceed with confidence and keep your septic system in tip-top shape for years to come.
Myth: Older septic systems need additives to operate most efficiently.
To date, there hasn’t been a septic system additive that makes your tank “like new” again. Additives don’t clean out your tank, as some of them claim to do, and nothing takes the place of regularly scheduled pumping and maintenance for your system.
Some of the solids in your septic tank simply cannot be broken down, or digested, by enzymes or bacteria. Sand, grit, and bits of plastic may accumulate in the tank and neither enzymes or bacteria can decompose these elements.
Additives, which are typically enzymes, are not living bacteria and can’t reproduce. Therefore, adding them to your septic tank doesn’t make them increase in number, so they’re not very useful or effective.
While enzymes probably won’t cause a problem with your system, no matter how new or old it is, they certainly don’t help, either. You’re much better off pumping your tank as recommended based on the size of your household, and scheduling annual maintenance.
Myth: Household cleaners and chemicals won’t disrupt your septic tank.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. While you may not “break” the system with a small amount of cleaners or chemicals, you’re disrupting the balance of the living organisms in your septic tank.
These living bacteria are essential to keeping your system operating at its optimal level and avoiding future septic system disasters. Don’t chance it, out of convenience, by flushing chemicals down the toilet or pouring them down the kitchen drain.
Myth: Preventive maintenance is costly.
Again, not true. It costs far less money to properly maintain your septic system than it does to service a failing system. First of all, preventive maintenance not only ensures that your system is functioning as it should on daily basis, but preventive care also extends the life of your septic system.
Secondly, septic system disasters almost never occur at opportune times, such as during regularly scheduled business hours. Rather, septic and plumbing problems usually happen when you least expect them — like when you have a house full of company or while you’re away on vacation. Calling a septic expert for an emergency repair is a far more costly experience than a scheduled maintenance visit during standard business hours.
Myth: Paradise Septic is new to the septic tank business.
We had to throw this one in just for fun, because the truth is, we’ve been serving the Phoenix Valley and Arizona, keeping our clients happy and septic systems running smoothly, for more than 50 years. We are septic system experts!
If you’re new to the world of septic systems and you have questions, the professionals at Paradise Septic can answer them with confidence. It’s our goal to help you keep your system functioning optimally so you only have to think about scheduling routine maintenance visits, not emergency repairs.
Get in touch with a member of our team today.