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Exposing a Few Septic System Misconceptions

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Problems with the septic system can be a stressful issue for any homeowner to encounter. Unfortunately, this is a fairly common problem, but many homeowners lack a thorough understanding about their septic systems. As a result, these homeowners may not be sure of what they should be doing to protect their homes against septic issues. To help you with this task, it may be beneficial to understand a few realities concerning some fairly common myths.

Myth: Septic Issues Will Only Create Plumbing Problems for Your Home

There is a fairly common notion among some homeowners that plumbing problems inside the home will be the only warning signs that there is an issue with the septic system. However, there can be other indications of this problem as well. For example, it is possible for the soil in your yard around the septic tank to become flooded and develop foul odors, or the grass in this area may suddenly start growing more quickly. If you notice any of these issues, there may be a strong chance that your septic system has developed a leak. 

Myth: There Is No Way to Know When Your Septic Tank Needs to Be Pumped

Another common misconception among some people is that they will not know when it is time to pump the septic tank until a problem arises. However, this is not actually the case as it is possible for a technician to install a septic tank monitor that will alert you when it is approaching capacity. Also, these professionals will be able to calculate the capacity of your septic tank and your home's water usage to approximate how frequently you should have this type of work done. Additionally, there are many septic tank contractors that will mail you a reminder when it comes time to schedule this type of work for your home.

Myth: Pumping the Septic Tank Is the Only Care These Systems Need

The septic tank may be one of the more well-known parts of these systems, but it must be noted that it is also necessary to take steps to protect the drain field from harm. This field is responsible for draining the water from the septic tank. As  a result, you will want to avoid actions that can compact the soil in these areas, such as heavy landscaping or parking vehicles. If the soil becomes compacted, the pipes coming from the septic tank may not be able to efficiently drain, which can cause your entire septic system to become backed up.

If you notice any of these problems, talk to a professional like those at Honest John's Septic Service Inc for information.