The thing is buried beneath the ground somewhere on your property, so unless you have problems with your septic tank, chances are you will rarely even consider the fact that it is there. The sad truth is most homeowners just don't give their septic system and tank the time and attention it deserves, and the problem is so bad, there are a handful of misconceptions that have been tossed about and believed for a lot of years. Take a look at these sneaky septic tank misconceptions that often get homeowners in trouble down the road.
Septic tanks usually last for the life of the home.
This is not always true. In some cases, a modern septic tank made from modern materials, such as fiberglass or concrete, will easily last through many decades of use. However, most of the time, a septic tank will have to be replaced at some point. It is a good idea to have your septic tank checked for soundness and condition every time you have it pumped just for this very reason. It is much better to catch problems early and make the necessary repairs and replacements than to discover your septic tank has failed because there is sewage leaking out into your property.
Septic tanks are designed to be self-cleaning, so pumping is not necessary.
The waste that enters your septic tank does break down and deteriorate because of the natural enzymes in the waste. However, this does not mean that your septic tank will never have to be pumped or cleaned. Some parts of the waste will not naturally deteriorate with time. Plus, items that get flushed down the toilet do not always deteriorate either, such as paper products, feminine napkins, and other random objects. Over time, the sludge that forms along the bottom of the tank will grow to take up too much space and must be eliminated.
Septic tanks will always stay firmly planted in place.
Septic tanks can actually shift, and this happens fairly frequently with tanks that are not anchored into the ground properly or are made of lightweight materials, like plastic and fiberglass. Septic tanks can also shift if you live in an area that has a high amount of ground water or is prone to flooding. If the tank shifts, it can cause the connected lines to come loose, and waste will leak out into the ground. This is why you must be especially alert to muddy areas around your tank or changes in the shape of the ground where the tank is located.
For more information about your septic tank, contact a company like All County Operations.