Septic systems are a vital component of any home that has one. It’s essential to understand how they work, so you can adequately care for them. An ignored septic system can begin to malfunction, causing backups and blockages, all of which can be dangerous and expensive to fix. Here are some common misconceptions of septic systems.
As Long as Your Septic System Seems to be Working Properly, It Doesn’t Need to Be Serviced
It’s easy to go with the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality when it comes to septic systems, but this can actually be very dangerous. If your septic system seems to be working correctly, it probably is, BUT it still needs to be pumped and inspected regularly. A professional will be able to spot problems before they become significant issues.
Water Usage Does Not Affect Your Septic System
It’s important to remember that all the water you run in your home ends up in your septic system. For that reason, you should always be mindful of your family’s water consumption and try to conserve when possible.
Chemical Cleaners Are Fine to Use With a Septic System
Chemical bathroom and kitchen cleaners can disrupt the bacteria balance in your septic tank. Your tank uses bacteria to break down solid waste material. Without the proper amount of bacteria, waste can build up and clog your septic system, causing backups and damage to your pipes. Make sure you’re looking for septic-safe cleaning products, or just go with gentle soap cleansers.
The Bigger Your Home, The Bigger Septic Tank Your Need
The size and type of septic system you need is not dependent on the size of your home, but rather the number of people living in your home and the number of bathrooms you have. If you’re unsure if your system is right for your household, ask a septic system expert.
The knowledgeable pros at Affordable Pumping Services can answer all your questions about your septic system. Call for an appointment today!