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Septic System Myths And Misconceptions

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Following sound practices for caring for your home's septic system can help you to reduce the risk of serious problems and damages occurring to this vital part of the home. When individuals first move into a home that has one of these systems, there is often some misinformation that needs to be dispelled.

Myth: It Is Always A Matter Of Guessing As To When To Schedule A Septic Tank Cleaning

Cleaning and pumping the septic tank will remove solid matter that might gather in the system. Without this step, the septic system would eventually become too full to process the waste entering it. Luckily, you will not have to guess as to when the system will need to be pumped as there are sensors and alarms that can be installed. When the septic tank starts to approach its capacity, the alarm will sound so that you can schedule for septic tank cleaning services to do this maintenance for your system.

Myth: The Septic Tank Is The Only Part Of This System That Can Experience Problems

Some new homeowners will assume that the septic tank is the only part of this system that will be at risk of suffering problems. However, the drain field is another vital component of this system that can be extremely prone to suffering problems. Clogs are one of the primary problems that can strike a drain field, but it is not the only one. It is also possible for these pipes to rupture or for roots to compress them with enough force to cause warping.

Myth: A Septic Tank Can Process Any Materials That Go Through The Plumbing

It is essential for individuals to closely monitor the materials that they are sending to the septic tank. When you put inorganic materials down the drains, the septic tank will be unable to effectively break down these materials. Also, putting acidic or antibacterial materials down the drains can neutralize the bacteria that will break down these materials.

Myth: It Is Not Possible For A Septic System To Freeze During The Winter

Depending on the design of your septic system, the cold winter temperatures can put it at risk of freezing. While the septic tank itself may be buried too deep to freeze, the pipes that transport water to and from it may be at risk. Thoroughly insulating any pipes that are exposed to the air or near exterior walls can reduce the risk of ice forming. For homes that frequently have these pipes freeze, it may be worth the cost to upgrade to a more durable type of piping or to use waterproof heating elements to keep the pipe from getting below freezing.

For more information, contact a company like A-Bell Excavating Inc.