Over the next few weeks, The Septic Doctor would like to share with you a few stories, that we hear all to often from homeowners who should have called us just a little sooner than what they did. We like to call these stories...
Septic System Myths
Myth No.1: my parents never pumped their septic in 37 years and it still worked fine. Why do I need to pump it every 3 years?
simply put: It could be saturated and you don't even know it.
Myth No.3: Our garburator grinds up all our food waste and we simply rinse it down the drain. It would never hurt our septic system?
Plain and simple: Grease clogs pipes!
My septic bed is always wet and the grass grows really well in that area. That's normal?
Myth No.5: We flush everything from baby wipes to feminine hygiene products. That shouldn't hurt anything; it's no different than toilet tissue
we flush everything from baby wipes to feminine hygiene products. That shouldn't hurt anything; it's no different than toilet tissue
Myth No.6: effluent filters are not necessary. Why should I spend the money when my parents never had one on their tank and it still works fine.
An effluent filter collects all the smaller and fine particles that would bypass the tank and drain into the septic distribution trench.
There is only one way to find out if a system is working properly and that's with a camera inspection.
Myth No.8: I had a septic inspection company offer a really great price to inspect from the house to the tank. We hired "them" and "they" said the system was working fine.
What's most important is how the liquids drain from the tank. If the plumbing is graded right, all things will drain to the tank.
Myth No.9: We have a sagged line from the house to the tank, it shouldn't cause any issues for blockage
Sagged lines are a common occurrence as ground settles overtime and inlet lines will lose their positive grade creating a "belly" or a sag.