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Two Common Myths About Septic System Ownership

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When shopping for a new home, easy is the name of the game. Most buyers want to purchase a home that has the least amount of maintenance or other concerns. For this reason, many buyers shy away from homes that have a septic system, but is this really warranted? When it comes to owning and caring for a septic system, there are a number of myths.

Taking the time to learn fact from fiction might help you discover that owning a home with a septic system isn't as hard as you may have originally thought:

Septic Systems Require Constant Maintenance

There's a fairly common misconception that owning a septic system means that you need to have maintenance performed on an almost ongoing basis. This simply isn't true. Compared to some other systems in a home, septic systems actually don't require a lot of maintenance. On average, most systems only need to be inspected and have maintenance performed once every three years.

As an added bonus, depending on how you use the system, you may even be able to go longer than this period to have your system pumped, such as once every five years. If you've heard horror stories from people saying that they have to have their system pumped more frequently there is a more significant problem going on, such as a bacterial buildup.

Constant Fear of a Flooded Yard

Some people also shy away from purchasing a home with a septic system because there is the fear that they will one day wake up to a yard filled with wastewater from their septic tank. This is also a problem you don't have to concern yourself with.  In most all cases, this type of issue is completely avoidable.

One of the primary causes for this issue is untamed tree roots. Particularly, for very large or old trees, the roots can grow a considerable distance away from the tree. Eventually they could grow right into the tank, puncturing it and leading to a leak. As long as you keep an eye on the roots, this is a problem that you can easily avoid, so a flooded yard should be the least of your concerns.

When it comes to taking care of a septic system, professionals make a difference. While there are some things you can do on your own, don't overlook the skill of a professional. Make certain a repair professional is playing an intricate role in your maintenance plan. To learn more, contact a company like B & B Drain Tech Inc. with any questions or concerns you have.


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