Septic Frequently Asked Questions - Common Septic Myths

Portland / Vancouver Metro - The Dalles - Hermiston OR & Tri Cities WA

We love talking with our customers. Sharing ideas and providing them with information on septic systems is one of our most important company values. Sometimes while talking with customers we hear misinformation about how to properly care for your septic system. So we’d like to clear up some of those myths.

Is it Cheaper to Repair Your Septic System than it is to Pump It?

While pumping a septic system can be a significant cost every 3 to 5 years, it’s sure cheaper than any repair that may come from not pumping and maintaining your septic system properly. Most of the customers we help our “emergency” customers whose system has failed due to a lack of pumping and maintenance. To repair a failed septic system it costs thousands of dollars, which anyone can save themselves by pumping once every 3 to 5 years.

Is it OK to Build on Top Of Your Septic System as Long as it’s Not a Permanent Structure?

A common problem when building over the septic system is not being able to access the tank, whether to pump it or clear a clog. This could cause a lot of frustration and mess when dealing with an emergency or back up. Your drainfield requires oxygen to help it naturally treat the wastewater it receives from the tank. If you build on top of the drainfield, it won’t properly get the oxygen it needs and thus lead to failure. It’s best to avoid building or driving on top of septic systems.

How Often Should a Septic Tank Be Emptied?

An average family can fill a septic tank to its operating level in just 4 days of normal water use. With operating level for most 4 bedroom homes at 1,000 gallons, that’s a lot of water. The best way to know when to pump a septic tank is to check the levels of the solids. To determine if pumping is necessary, we perform a sludge test. A sludge test should only be performed by a qualified septic technician to measure if the solid level is high enough for pumping.

Does Rid-X or Yeast Work on Septic Tanks?

Human waste contains and attracts a lot of “good bacteria” that helps breakdown and clarify the build up in a septic tank. This “good bacteria” can be harmed or killed off by using Rid-X or yeast. In fact, the EPA states that people should “beware of septic tank additives” and that “periodic pumping is the only true way to ensure that septic systems work properly and provide many years of service.”

Will I be Reported if I Have a Failing Septic System?

Septic service companies don’t regulate septic systems. Our job is to help you, your family, your home, and your septic system to ensure they all work together in the best way possible. In Oregon, we are only required to report untreated sewage flowing above ground into a waterway. It’s in everyone’s best interest to help you fix your septic system before it gets to this extreme.

We at Speedy Septic hope if you have any questions about your septic system or are experiencing issues, you contact us. We’d be happy to help!

Septic Frequently Asked Questions – Common Septic Myths in Portland OR and Vancouver WA

Also Serving Customers In These Regions

Portland Vancouver Metro
Portland OR | Gresham OR | Troutdale OR | Sandy OR | Cascade Locks OR | Clackamas OR | Happy Valley OR | Oregon City OR | Canby OR | Molalla OR | Beaverton OR | Hillsboro OR | St Helens OR | Scappoose OR
The Dalles
The Dalles OR | Hood River OR | White Salmon WA | Bingen WA | Parkdale OR | Mosier OR | Biggs Junction OR | Dufur OR
Hermiston OR | Arlington OR | Boardman OR | Umatilla OR | Irrigon OR | Pendleton OR | Tri-Cities WA | Kennewick WA | Richland WA | West Richland WA | Pasco WA