With no experience with owning a septic tank, the whole idea of moving into a place that relies on a septic system and not a public sewer may sound scary. However, it is usually not as bad as what you would expect to be directly responsible for your own waste and wastewater. Right away, getting rid of the biggest myths concerning septic tanks is a good idea.
Myth: Having a septic tank means it will have to be pumped annually.
Fact: Most septic tanks do not have to be pumped every year. There are three factors that determine how often you should have a tank pumped, including: the capacity of the tank itself, how many people you have in your home, and how much solid waste (such as toilet paper) you flush. If you have a septic tank that has the capacity to hold 750 gallons and a family including three people, your tank should be cleaned around every two-and-a-half years. It is not as common to have a tank that needs attention annually, unless of course you have a large family, a lot of guests, and a smaller tank than usual.
Myth: Septic tanks are notorious for causing bad odors on your property and in your house.
Fact: It is actually quite uncommon for you to have issues with odors due to your septic tank. If the tank is not draining properly, needs to be pumped, or is possibly damaged, you may experience some foul odors. However, if your septic system and tank is properly functioning, you should not smell anything at all. The most modern septic systems are well-ventilated to alleviate issues with odors backtracking into the house, and even outdoors, odors should be minimal, if present at all.
Myth: Septic tanks are much more expensive to have than a public sewer connection.
Fact: Beyond the costs of installation, the only ongoing costs you will have with your own septic tank and system will be keeping the tank pumped and properly serviced when needed. In general, this will cost you somewhere around $376, which is the national average for septic tank pumping and cleaning. If you are connected to a public sewer system, you will be paying a monthly fee for usage for the entirety of the connection. This sewer charge is usually calculated in with your public water bill and is directly relative to how much water you use. Therefore, if you use a lot of water, you will automatically pay more for sewer services. Contact a company like SOS Septic Inc for more information.
After dealing with a debilitating sewage flood a few years back, I decided to turn my attention to the proper care and maintenance of our septic tank. We had never spent much time trying to keep things in good shape, but we didn't want to deal with another sewage problem. To make things right, we met with the septic tank professionals and talked about how to keep our system in good shape. We worked hard to check for problems, and we called in the professionals at the first sign of trouble. Ever since then, we haven't had any issues. This blog is all about keeping your plumbing on point.