Three common septic system myths

When it comes to purchasing a septic system, there’s a lot of information out there – some of which is incredibly valuable and some of which is, well – a myth. Today, we’re going to address some of the common myths and facts surrounding septic systems so that you can make the best possible decision for your home.

Let’s jump right in!

Myth-1: Septic systems harm water quality

There is a train of thinking that septic systems can be harmful and cause disease – particularly if the system isn’t maintained and/or is a failing system. Long story, short – the idea is that untreated effluents are a health hazard and can cause a whole variety of diseases. But that being said – septic tanks are used worldwide to treat domestic wastewater not connected to a main sewage system. So what gives?

The truth is that the idea that septic tanks are a threat isn’t true at all. In fact, as gross as it might seem – septic tanks become sources of nutrients for the area around them. While you certainly DO NOT want that mess on your hand – there is no intrinsic threat to your health if a system fails.

Myth-2: Septic systems are specifically designed to be maintenance free

NO WAY! Septic systems are like anything else in your home. If you leave it too long, it will deteriorate and become less effective. Eventually, it’ll fail. And that failure can cost you an incredible amount of money!

Most septic tanks come with parts that require replacement or ongoing maintenance – from effluent filters to lift stations – in order to guarantee the removal of pathogens and pollutants. You should have your tanked looked at annually to get out ahead of any potential issues before they become significant (and costly) problems.

Myth-3: You need lots of additives to have an effective system

Long story, short – you don’t. Yes, there are additives on the market that claim to improve performance or reduce the need for pumping. A stimulator or enhancer however – is not necessary. The naturally occurring bacteria needed to break waste down is already present in human waste – and all you need to worry about is nature taking its course.

Hopefully these myths have been adequately addressed – and your decision is now coming into clearer focus. If you have questions or need advice, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to give you a free consultation. Good luck!