Myths About Septic Systems

It’s no secret that it is important for the health of a septic system to get periodic septic tank pumpings. Many homeowners can attest to the problems that can arise from ignoring this simple task. However, there are many myths regarding septic tank pumping that need to be dispelled.



Unfortunately, when a problem is apparent to a homeowner, it is often too late to rectify. Sometimes the entire system might need to be replaced. Routine maintenance, which includes septic tank pumping, is necessary to assure the septic system remains in good working order.


A septic system requires the presence of good bacteria to break down solid waste. Many everyday cleaning products that are used in many homes with septic systems have anti-bacterial properties. When these products reach the septic system, they will kill the bacteria that reside there. Using bacteria additives will supplement the volume of bacteria in the septic system.


Replacing an entire septic system is quite costly. Even the lest expensive replacements can run a few thousand dollars. On the other hand, septic tank pumpings are relatively reasonably priced and can easily fit into a household budget.


A good guideline to remember is that anything that gets flushed through the toilet will enter the septic system and will eventually reach the drain field. This rule even applies to any hazardous materials or chemicals. This could harm the environment or any person or animal that might come into contact with it. So, it is essential that toilets are only used for their intended purpose.


Periodic septic tank pumping is a must but a homeowner’s responsibility does not end there. Problems can also develop in the drain field that simple septic tank pumping cannot take care of. So, having occasional inspections of the entire system is a wise practice.


Using an excessive amount of water can overwork a septic system. When a septic system gets overworked, it might be necessary to incur the expense of an additional septic tank pumping or perhaps have even more extensive repairs done. It is important for a household to be mindful of the amount of water they use and conserve it wherever possible.


  • My neighbor told me that he is getting an unpleasant odor coming from his septic system. I like how you explain that a septic tank pumping, is necessary to assure the septic system remains in good working order. Thanks for sharing this article, I will definitely tell him to contact a septic system company so that they can come and inspect it.
    - Derek McDoogle
  • I’m glad you explained that regularly pumping a septic tank is the best way to keeping the whole system working efficiently. My brother recently bought a home with a septic tank, and I am worried if he tries to service it by himself he is going to ruin the whole thing. I’m going to tell him that needs to hire a professional service to clean the tank for him.
    - Dennis Sanchez
  • I didn’t know that septic tank pumpings could be reasonably priced! That’s really relieving because I was worried about trying to fit that into my budget. I need to pump my tank because I haven’t done it in a while.
    - Randy Chorvack
  • Its good to know that not everything can be flushed down the toilet. My mother would always tell me that the toilet is the second trash can and I wanted to know more on if she was correct or not. I’ll be sure to not flush everything away in my toilet so my septic system can stay working properly.
    - Jackson Bush
  • Thanks for explaining how it is important to have routine maintenance and pumping done on a septic tank to ensure that it remains in good shape. I recently moved to a home an discovered that the septic tank has been having issues. It appears that it has never been pumped, so I’ll hire a septic tank cleaning service right away to handle the problem.
    - Larry Weaver
  • I liked that you said that having routine maintenance done on your septic tank will actually prolong the lifespan. I would imagine that replacing a septic tank would be costly. I would be sure to have maintenance done so that I wouldn’t have to worry about replacing my septic tank.
    - Ashley
  • Its good to know that routine maintenance of the septic tank, can help prevent problems in the future. My home was scheduled for maintenance on our septic system and they caught a broken pipe before it got too bad. I’m glad that they caught the problem early.
    - Jackson Bush
  • I didn’t know that you still need to have septic systems looked at even if they aren’t having problems! It makes sense that they would need to be pumped out every once in a while. Maybe it would be a good idea for me to get my system pumped out before it starts to have issues.
    - Braden Bills
  • That’s good to know that some products can kill the good bacteria in your system. I would think that I would accidentally do that if I was trying to clean it myself. I’ll have to consider using a company that would have the right equipment to make sure that it works as well as possible.
    - Tyler Johnson
  • I’ve noticed a bad smell coming from my drains, and I think it might be a problem with my septic tank. It makes sense that I would want to get a professional to pump out my septic tank for me! That way, I don’t have to worry about there being any kind of overflow.
    - Braden Bills
  • It’s good to know more about septic tank repair. I like how you said that pumping needs to be routine maintenance, not just when something breaks. We just moved into a house with a tank, so I’ll hire a pro to come and look at the tank.
    - Silas Knight
  • As you said here, bacteria are important for a septic system to properly function. I actually think that mine has been giving me some problems and I don’t know what all is going on. Anyways, it would probably be a good idea to go with a professional when it comes to repairs.
    - Caden Dahl
  • I appreciate what you said about checking a drain filed after you pump your septic system. I think that hiring a septic tank pumping service is the best way to make sure your system stays in good condition. If I were to need such services, I would make sure to contact a company that cares about my time and concerns.
    - Sam Li
  • With the septic tank that I have, I do believe that I’m having some problems with it. Now some members of my family believe that anything can be flushed down the toilet, which as you did say that not everything can and shouldn’t. Speaking of that, I do think it would be a good idea to have the tank pumped out since there are probably things in there that shouldn’t be.
    - Caden Dahl
  • It sure is nice that you pointed out how septic tank pumpings can easily fit into a household budget. My dad thinks he needs to replace his tank since they’ve been plagued by some quite pungent odor over the weekend. I’ll be sure to share this piece with him so he can consider hiring a septic tank repair service that could asses if he’ll need a simple pumping job.
    - Kit Hannigan
  • I like that you mentioned the risk of flushing things down the toilet that shouldn’t. My wife has been getting in the habit of flushing baby wipes down the toilet and I know this is an issue. I will have to make sure this doesn’t happen anymore.
    - Kenneth Gladman
  • It is useful to know that you should not use a whole lot of water. This is a great way to ruin your septic system which would not be ideal. My sister would really appreciate a tip like this since she was looking into getting a septic cleaning service.
    - Camille Devaux
  • My wife and I just moved into a home with a septic tank outside, so thanks for sharing these myths. I like your point about how bacteria additives aren’t all that beneficial. I’ll be sure to avoid these and let the bacteria do its job naturally.
    - Derek Dewitt
  • I didn’t realize that septic systems don’t just need to be pumped when there is a problem! It makes sense that pumping it before problems occur would help prevent the problems from occurring in the first place. That seems like a good way to save myself from the headache of having to fix things on the spot.
    - Braden Bills
  • My wife and I just moved into a home with a septic tank outside, so thanks for these tips on using one. I had no idea that you couldn’t flush chemicals or cleaners down the toilet. I don’t want to risk this getting into the drain field, so we’ll be sure to avoid doing this while cleaning.
    - Derek Dewitt
  • I want to make sure that I take good care of my septic system. I didn’t know that pumping a septic system had to happen whether it’s having problems or not! That’s definitely something that I’ll have to have done as soon as possible, since it’s been a long time since I’ve done that.
    - Braden Bills
  • My parents moved into their new house and not everything in their house is set. It was mentioned here that septic pumping is one of the maintenance that the system needs. Moreover, it’s best to hire professionals for septic systems.
    - Mariah Seagle
  • My wife and I just moved into a home with a septic tank outside, so thanks for sharing these myths. I had no idea that too much water could overwork the system. We’ll have to be more careful about using water from multiple sources at the same time.
    - Derek Dewitt
  • I like how you clarified how much more cost effective regular maintenance is. If you can avoid big problems your system will last much longer as well. Everyone wants to save money in the long run so be sure and have it checked up.
    - Kenneth Gladman
  • It’s great to know these myths about septic systems. I definitely thought that pretty much anything could be flushed, as long as it’d fit in the pipes. However, now I know that all that stuff goes to the drainage field. I’ll start being more careful with what goes down there.
    - Ridley
  • I’ve always had a dream of living in a cottage and living off the world. The thing I was worried about the most is using a septic tank instead of the city’s plumbing. It’s nice to have the truth about these septic tank myths, especially knowing that the maintenance costs less than tank replacements.
    - Jacie Thompson
  • It is good to know that septic tank pumping can take place even when there is no noticeable problem. This would be a good idea to avoid extensive issues. Another thing to consider would be to find a maintenance company who could do regular inspections for a reasonable price.
    - Jade Brunet
  • I can only imagine the damage that is done to septic systems for people who believe that myth about being able to flush anything down the toilet. I’ve heard that’s already a problem with toddlers. Though I think that if people took time to understand the different aspects of their home then these myth probably wouldn’t’ exist.
    - Zequek Estrada
  • These are some really great things to be aware of with your septic tank. I learned the hard way once that using too much water can be pretty detrimental! It’s important to not have too much water flow so that everything can work out like it’s supposed to. Thanks for sharing this.
    - Jenkins Leroyson

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