Four Myths About Septic Systems and Why They Aren’t True

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SepticOwning a septic system, not everything you hear about it is true. Here are some of the most common myths we’ve heard at Marion Pumper over the years and why you shouldn’t believe them.

Myth #1: One big septic myth we hear all the time is that once your septic system is installed, you never have to do any maintenance work on it. However, without proper maintenance, you may end up having to do extensive, costly repairs on your system.

Myth #2: Another myth we’ve heard is that if you use septic additives, you don’t have to pump out your septic tank. However, in order to keep your septic system in good working condition, additives can’t be viewed as an alternative to regular pumping. Depending on the size of your septic tank and how many people live in your household, we generally recommend having your septic tank pumped every three to five years.

Myth #3: Many people believe that they can let household chemicals, like medicines, paint thinners, and disinfectants, down into their septic system without any problems. However, due to the delicate chemical balance of your drain field, household products like these can cause your septic system severe harm.

Myth #4: Finally, we’ve heard many people say that simply doing repairs on their septic system is much less expensive than properly maintaining it. Although you don’t have to put in a ton of work to maintain your system, it’s always more cost-effective to take care of it instead of letting a problem develop.