Many homeowners in the Tri-State use septic tanks to treat organic waste water created by restroom usage. According to an Appalachian Regional Commission Report, roughly 52% of households in our area use septic tanks or "on property" waste water treatment systems (compared to 25% nationally). Since these systems are located underground and are out of sight, they are often out of mind and forgotten about. However when problems occur, homeowners get a quick lesson on how expensive these systems really are. Given the function on these septic systems and the cost associated with repairing or replacing them it is only natural for property owners to want to maintain their septic system and keep it working efficiently for as long as possible. Unfortunately, septic tank users often fall for the myth that additives will revive and keep septic systems flowing freely along with extending the time between septic tank pumping. These claims are unproven and absolutely untrue. The fact is that study after study (see the list with links below) shows just the opposite. Truth is that you could likely spend days searching the Internet and never find a single science-driven study that concludes that any septic tank additive actually works the way their producers say they do. Many of these producers claim that the bacteria in their additives are needed to help dissolve waste, when in fact the waste produced by human refuse itself supplies septic tanks with ample quantities of bacteria for the septic tank to break down waste efficiently.
List of scientific studies involving septic tanks and septic tank additive usage:
In truth, the only sure-fire way to make sure your septic tank operates properly is to have it inspected and pumped on a regular basis. Most recommendations suggest that you have your septic tank inspected annually and have it pumped out every 2 to 3 years. For more information on Johnny on the Spot and how we can help keep your septic system performing for years to come CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768.