Busting Common Septic Pumping Myths In Brazoria

Posted By : Timothy Harvard , on Apr, 2019


Most septic pumping companies in Brazoria hear a lot of questions from customers who have experienced a problem with their septic tank or septic system. In most cases, the questions have a lot to do with myths that are outdated, inaccurate, or are designed to sell products to the rural property owner that are just not necessary to maintain a septic system.

To help clear up these myths and misunderstanding, here are common questions septic pumping companies hear and the correct answers.

Question: Do I need to pump my septic tank annually?

Most septic tanks for residential homes need to be pumped every three to five years. The size of the tank, the type of material that is sent into the tank and the number of people in the home all have an impact on this number. In general, every four years is a good preventative range for an average family of four.

Question: Do I need to use a septic tank conditioner?

Any type of septic tank additive or conditioner is just that, an additive. There is no advantage to using these products, and the waste that is flushed into the system provides the necessary nutrients and bacteria to keep the solid material breakdown occurring in the tank.

Question: Can I use any type of toilet paper?

All types of toilet paper can be broken down by a septic system, but some brands break down faster. The use of the “ultra strong” or “extra soft” types of toilet paper can cause a problem if large volumes are flushed at one time or if a lot of toilet paper is used on a daily basis.

Wet wipes for adults, baby wipes and feminine products should not be flushed down the toilet if you are on a septic tank. They do not break down and can cause significant problems in the tank over time.

Last but not least, septic pumping companies in Brazoria will be the first to tell you not to plant trees or shrubs over or around the septic tank. Additionally, do not build anything over the tank as this can cause problems with ground settling.

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