Busting Two Myths About Septic-System Maintenance

Septic systems are very intricate, and many homeowners have come up with DIY septic repairs that supposedly help ensure everything runs smoothly. While some of these home repairs work well, some are misguided and could devastate your septic system.

Instead of relying on myths from others on how to maintain your septic system, be sure to consult a professional septic service about what works and commit to a regular professional maintenance schedule instead of waiting for problems to occur. Here is a look at several septic system maintenance myths and the truths behind them to help you keep your system in great shape. 

Myth #1: Bacterial additives should be introduced regularly

While it is true that your septic system needs a healthy bacteria population to effectively break down sludge, it can be harmful to add bacterial additives on a regular basis, as this can mess up the carefully balanced ecosystem in the tank. It is better to just avoid the use of additives so as to let the bacteria in the tank remain naturally balanced.

You should also avoid using antibacterial chemicals or doing your laundry with large amounts of bleach, as such harsh cleaners can kill bacteria, distorting the healthy balance needed to quickly break down wastewater. If you have been using such cleaners, you can introduce a small amount of bacterial additives to boost bacterial growth and restore a healthy balance in the tank.

However, a functional bacteria population is no substitute for septic tank maintenance, as excess sludge, oil, and grease that isn't broken down by bacteria has to be removed via septic tank pumping. 

Myth #2: Flushing out the system will solve backup issues

Many homeowners tend to think that they can clear backed-up drains by piling more water in their septic system. This is often a misguided attempt to clear clogging in the drains and restore the free flow of wastewater.

However, it is important to remember that adding more water can burden the system, leading to a damaged septic tank and burst sewer lines and necessitating more frequent septic tank pumping. If you notice any problems, call in a septic service to inspect the system and suggest a solution. You should also limit the amount of water used in your household by spacing out laundry times and having leaky faucets fixed immediately to reduce the amount of effluent that travels through your septic tank. 

With regular inspections by a septic service such as Waters Septic and proper maintenance, you can extend the life of your septic system. 

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