People talk a lot about septic tanks. Well, people who have septic tanks, at least. The problem is, the things they say aren’t always true.

And when it comes to your septic tank, following bad advice and false information can cause some serious issues.

So, to help you avoid these costly mistakes, we thought we’d dispel some of the more rampant septic tank myths we’ve heard.

You Can Keep It Clean Yourself

Septic tanks need regular maintenance and cleaning. This is a fact.

In today’s DIY culture, many septic tank owners are eager to clean things up by themselves. Or avoid cleaning altogether. There are even a variety of additives and home remedies (like yeast) out there that people will advice you to use. The idea is that these contain enzymes that will break the waste down, allowing the tank to keep itself clean while removing the need to pump the tank.

This is simply not true.

The only way to clean out your septic tank is to pump it, and the only way to properly pump it is with professional grade equipment. Don’t try and clean your own tank. Not only is it messy business, but it’s ineffective and unsafe.

Pumping Isn’t Needed Until a Problem Arises

When it comes to your septic tank, the motto “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” does not apply. You need to stay ahead of septic tank problems. That means keeping a regular inspection and pumping schedule. This will spot problems before they become severe and help your tank last a much longer time.

You Can Build Over a Septic Tank

Septic tanks are built away from structures for a reason.  You should never build something else over them, regardless of the structure. Keep the ground above your tank clear and accessible, always.

It Costs the Same to Repair as It Does to Pump

Some may try to tell you that pumping is unnecessary because it ends up costing as much as repair and replacement. This is completely false. Regular pumping is an affordable solution that will help you evade costly repairs.

While repairs and maintenance will still be needed from time to time, they will be on a much smaller scale, and you will likely know about them before a problem arises.

If I Pump My Septic Tank, It Will Last Forever

Going off that last statement, though pumping will increase the longevity of your pump, it won’t keep it going forever. Just like any equipment, things will eventually wear out. It’s a fact of life.

That said, pumping and proper care will keep things going well into the future. So keep your septic tank clean and make the most out of your investment.

For septic tank pumping in the Beavercreek, Ohio area, contact AAA Wastewater. We’ll make sure you know the truth about your septic tank so that it stays healthy.