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3 Myths Associated With Septic Tank Pumping

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Many homeowners who have septic tanks on their properties tend to take their plumbing for granted—until they find themselves in need of a septic tank pumping immediately. Pumping of the septic tank is an important part of maintaining the overall septic system, and when it is put off, the drainage system of the home could experience a backup. Here are a few myths that are associated with septic tank pumping that you need to be familiar with to help ensure that you can properly care for your septic system as a whole.

Myth #1: You Can Tell When Your Septic Tank Is Full

Many homeowners assume that it is easy to tell when the septic tank has become full. While it is possible to pop open the lid to the septic tank and see inside, it isn't really that easy to tell if it is full or not. Sure, it may look full and you may think that it is time for a pumping, but this doesn't necessarily mean that it is time to schedule that appointment.

In many cases, the reservoir will fill up when it is processing waste and then lower back down once the waste has made its way into the drainfield. The only way you can truly tell that it is time for a septic tank pumping is to schedule—and keep—regular inspection appointments.

Myth #2: You Should Have Your Septic Tank Every Three to Five Years

A good rule of thumb is to have a professional pump your tank every three to five years; however, this is not a hard and fast rule for each and every septic system and household. Properties with older tanks or households with larger families may need to schedule pumping more often. Therefore, it is important to schedule inspections every three years at minimum, and if your septic system is older than 10 years, it may be a good idea to schedule the inspections every year.

During an inspection, a septic tank professional will examine your septic tank system based on its functionality, age, and a variety of other factors and determine the most appropriate pumping schedule.

Myth #3: Septic Tanks Only Deal With Toilets

Some homeowners assume that their septic tanks only deal with the waste from their toilets, which means that the tank is not used very much. However, all substances that move through a drain in the home goes through the septic system. In addition, the septic tank will process water from water-based appliances in the home such as dishwashers and washing machines.