According to the United States Census Bureau, 26 million homes are on septic systems, which means that 60 million people use a septic system. While that sounds like a lot, approximately 330 million people live in the United States, which shows that septic system usage in the U.S. is not common. As such, myths abound regarding these systems and how to use them. Consider the most widely believed septic system myths so you can stop the spread of misinformation when you hear it.
Myth 1: You Don’t Need To Pump Your System
Some people believe that regularly adding bacterial enzymes to the septic system is enough to eliminate the need for frequent system pumping. Those enzymes do serve a purpose. For example, if you put a harmful liquid such as bleach down the drain, you will kill off the natural-occurring microorganisms in your system. While they will eventually come back on their own, enzyme additives can help speed up the process.
However, regularly using enzymes is not a substitute for pumping your system every three to five years. Some localities or mobile homes will enforce ordinance codes regarding how often residents must have their system pumped. To know how frequently you should pump your system, call a professional who specializes in septic tank maintenance Orlando FL.
Myth 2: Septic Systems Can Handle Any Organic Materials
Septic systems use microorganisms to break down materials. As a result, many people believe that it’s OK to flush organic materials down the drain. In truth, items such as coffee grounds, fingernail clippings, lint, hair and grease don’t easily break down. Instead, they build on the septic tank’s floor and eventually strain the system.
Other items that can wreak havoc on a septic system are flushable wipes and tampons, even those made from organic cotton. Even if there are claims that these items can be flushed, do not do so; you will be contributing to your septic system’s failure.