4 Common Myths About On-Site Septic Systems

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There are several myths many people have about their on-site septic system. With a better understanding, you’ll be better able to maintain your system and detect any problems over time. Also, if you’re looking for septic installation, whether you’re in Montgomery County, PA, or any of the surrounding areas, contact our team at Delaware Valley Septic, Sewer, and Storm.

Pumping your tank gives you an overall inspection of your system.

Although many homeowners believe that pumping your septic tank gives you a general view on how your on-site septic system is performing, that’s not true. Various components make up a septic system, with the most important element being the drain field, which is not located when a company comes to pump the tank. The only way to inspect the whole system is to do a check before the pumping. After the inspection, your septic company can better assist you to keep your system running correctly. 

If the alarm is going off, my tank must be full.

If your septic system has a pump tank, you will have an alarm in your home to alert you when something’s not right. When the alarm sounds, some homeowners assume it’s telling them that it is time to have the tank pumped, but that’s not true. It can mean many different things. The pump may have shorted out from a storm, the wiring may be compromised, or a float could have failed or fallen into the tank. Call your septic provider straight away so that the issue can be resolved before any sewage goes where it shouldn’t.

If everything is flowing fine, then I don’t need to pump my septic tank. 

Generally, homeowners should have their tank pumped once every one to three years, depending on how many occupants your home has. You should make note that this timeframe ought to be shorter for those who have many family members living at home. If you don’t pump your septic tank, then the debris and solids will eventually build up and make their way into the septic system’s drain field and cause damage. The best thing you can do to maintain your system is to pump your septic tank, which is much cheaper than an annual sewer bill. 

I’ve never had a problem, so my system is fine. 

Most homeowners don’t discover they have a problem until they put their home is on the market and their buyers perform an inspection. Just because you don’t see any issues on the surface does not mean there isn’t one beneath.

The best way to maintain your septic system is to have it inspected once every few years. By avoiding the misconceptions listed above, you can add many years to your septic system and avoid potential issues.

To learn more about septic system pumping in Montgomery County, don’t hesitate to get in touch today by calling 1 (844) 4-DELVAL.