When your Culpeper County septic system is in need of repair, replacement, or maintenance services, look to your trusted local team at Freedom Plumbers. We’ve been taking care of our customers’ septic system needs for years, and we have the industry-leading experience and expertise to help keep your septic clean, clear, and ready to keep working efficiently well into the future.
Our vast experiences in septic services for clients across Northern Virginia have brought us into contact with a wide range of questions. To give you more insight into septic systems, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions. We hope this helps, but if you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable team. We’re here to work for you, so give us a call and let us give you the personalized attention you deserve.
Why do some properties need septic systems and some don’t?
It all depends on wastewater facilities. Culpeper residential and commercial properties that are connected to a municipal sewer system don’t need a personal septic system, but if your property does not have access to those city sewer lines, you will need a way to eliminate and treat your waste.
Septic tanks are watertight storage units that can be installed underground to serve your property’s own wastewater disposal needs. It you’re unsure about whether you need a septic system or not, consider where you live. Sewer systems generally serve many properties, so if you live in a rural or sparsely populated area, you may not be served by municipal sewer pipes. You can also check to see if you’re receiving and paying community sewer fees or you can get your property records from the local government center. Those records should indicate if your property is connected to a sewer system, and it if is not, should show where on your property your septic tank is located.
I’ve determined that my property has a septic tank, but how does it work?
Your septic system serves as an underground wastewater treatment structure, treating any water used in your household or business plumbing systems. When you use water inside your home or office, it travels through your main line to your Culpeper County septic tank. Inside the tank, wastewater is held long enough for separation to occur. As solids sink to the bottom of the tank to form a sludge layer and oils float to the top of the tank to form a scum layer, the leftover wastewater exits the tank and enters your drain field.
The drain field is an excavated area located in unsaturated soil. As wastewater filters into that soil, it is treated, stripped of any bacteria and viruses, and discharged as groundwater. The entire process is complex and requires extreme balance, so maintaining the health and functionality of your septic system is crucial.
What can I do to properly maintain my septic system?
The easiest and most affordable way to maintain your Culpeper County septic system is to invest in routine septic pumping. Every few years, the solids accumulating inside your septic tank will reach full capacity and require a thorough pumping out. Our highly-trained and qualified Freedom Plumbers technicians can promptly visit your residential or commercial property to complete the septic pumping process. The process includes the following actions:
Locating your septic tank cover. If you know where the cover of your septic tank is located, that’s helpful. But if not, that’s okay. We can successfully locate and uncover your septic tank in a non-disruptive and efficient manner.
Inspecting your liquid level. We’ll see exactly how full your septic tank is and scan for any signs of damage that may need repair. If we do suspect septic system deterioration, we’ll work with you to find an effective and cost-efficient repair or replacement solution.
Pumping out your waste. Our specialized vacuum hose can be lowered into your Rapidan septic tank to suck solids and liquids into our tanker truck.
Cleaning your tank. We have special tools that can loosen the sludge sticking to the interior of your tank. Once that sludge is removed, we can spray water against the walls of your tank to get it thoroughly cleaned and ready for another inspection.
Inspecting your tank’s structural integrity. Once the tank is empty and clean, our talented technicians can do a final inspection. If we notice any holes, cracks, leaks, or signs of aging, we’ll let you know and work together to find the best solution to meet your particular needs.
What if you do notice a problem? Does Freedom Plumbers offer septic repair services?
We do offer innovative and effective septic repair services for Culpeper County properties. If our team locates cracking, leaking, invading tree roots, or other types of damage to your septic system pipes, we can use state-of-the-art trenchless pipe repair to build a new pipe within the old. In the trenchless pipe repair process, we don’t have to use extensive excavation that may come to mind when you think about underground infrastructure repairs. Instead of digging up your entire Elkwood lawn and potentially causing damage to your foundation, driveways, landscaping, and other property features, we can access the damaged pipes through a small access hole. Then, we can carefully send an epoxy resin saturated liner into the damaged pipe and cure it to that pipe’s interior wall. Once the liner hardens in place, you’re left with a seamless and long-lasting new pipe and we don’t have to dig up and remove the old pipe. It’s an economical, time-saving, non-disruptive process that can extend the useful life of your septic system without giving you the headache of messy and expensive property destruction.
Besides trenchless pipe repair, we also offer septic system aerobic treatment unit repair. The aeration units in septic tanks break down waste, but when they fail, your septic system can quickly backup and leave unhealthy, smelly, and unsightly sewage at ground level. Regardless of the make and model of your aerator, we have the tools and techniques to find the problem and help get it fixed.
Whether your septic system repairs are minor or need a little more effort, at Freedom Plumbers, we know what we’re doing. We’re always happy to visit your property, inspect your septic system, and offer the best solutions to get the job done.
Are there any signs of septic system damage?
There are definitely some symptoms of septic system damage that you can be on the lookout for. Some of those symptoms include:
Slow drains. If your Alanthus residential or commercial drains are moving slowly, our skilled Freedom Plumbers technicians can first check your pipes for any clogs or leaks. If we determine that your drains aren’t moving slowly as the result of plumbing system issues, we can then move on to checking your septic system. If your septic tank is overly full, slow drains can be an early indication. We’ll pump out the waste before it backs up into your home or business and exposes you to hazardous raw sewage, water damage, and mold growth.
Foul odors. If foul sewage odors are present in your home or office, your septic tank could be overflowing. Our technicians can promptly pump out your tank to remove the odors that are destroying your air quality and comfort.
Swampy ground. If your septic tank reaches capacity, solid waste can clog the piping system and force sewage to the surface of your yard. Our technicians can identify any areas of standing water or swampy ground near your septic tank. We can also look for areas of greener grass on and around your septic tank. That greener color coupled with marshy soil can indicate that wastewater is seeping into the surrounding soil.
So if you notice these or any other signs of septic system damage, contact our Freedom Plumbers team immediately. We are on call 24⁄7 to take care of plumbing and septic system emergencies. Your satisfaction matters to us, so reach out and let us get your Culpeper County septic system back up and running full speed ahead.
What causes septic system damage?
There are a number of things that can damage your Culpeper County septic system, but we’ve seen a few common culprits. Some of the more common things that damage septic systems in our area include:
Age. Older systems are just more susceptible to damage than more modern ones, and while routine septic pumping and maintenance can extend the useful life of your tank, there are only so many years that your system can take. If your septic system is very old, you may want to check into your county and state septic system laws. An out-of-compliance septic system must be replaced, whether it is showing extensive damage or not.
Tree roots. Moisture that leaks into the soil attracts aggressively growing tree roots. Those roots can invade the walls of your septic tank and pipes, block the flow of wastewater, and send sewage backups into your Culpeper home or business.
Chemicals. Harsh chemicals, drugstore drain cleaners, and even improperly used DIY home remedies can wreak havoc on your septic system. Any paints, pesticides, or other chemicals that your septic tank is not designed to handle can cause deterioration and expensive damage.
Non-biodegradable products. Things that your septic system can’t property break down shouldn’t be there in the first place. If you’re flushing things like tampons, diapers, food particles, or other household items that aren’t toilet paper into your septic system, you could be setting it up for disaster.
Digging. If you need to do any digging on your property, verify that you won’t be disrupting your septic tank, drain field, or any underground pipes. Accidental ruptures are a common issue with septic systems, so do your research before you churn up the soil.
Of course, there are other things that can damage your septic system. If you’d like to learn more about maintaining the integrity of your septic system, don’t hesitate to reach out to our professional team.
What if my repairs are too extensive? Can you do septic replacements?
We’ll always do what we can to extend the useful life of your existing Culpeper County septic system, but sometimes, it’s just more economical to replace the system with something new. If you do decide to get a new septic system, we can help you through the entire process.
We’ll begin by helping you get all the necessary permits, surveys, and soil samples you’ll need. There are always government regulations that must be adhered to in a septic system replacement, but we don’t want you to be overwhelmed by it all. We’ve completed many septic replacements, and know where to go and what to do to complete the process according to the rules.
Once we’ve completed permitting, we can help you determine the best tank size and system design for your property’s needs. We’ll consider factors like soil type, drainage capabilities, how many people will be using the septic system on a regular basis, and even visual appeal. We’ll even think about the future. If you plan to build a new home or add-on to an existing office someday, where we place your septic tank now could have an impact later on.
With the groundlevel work done, we’ll then locate where your wastewater exits your home or business, do any necessary excavation and prep work, and get ready to install the new septic tank in its determined location. We’ll dig to proper depth, lay the new tank, hook the tank up to the pipes, install the absorptive drain field, and check to make sure the system is working properly. Before we leave, we’ll clean up the mess. Our team will fill in any areas of digging and restore any landscaping that had to be disrupted during the replacement process.
How do I learn more about your septic services?
To learn about our septic pumping, repair, replacement, installation, and maintenance services, give our local team a call or contact us through our online form. We are here and ready to serve Culpeper County with all of its septic system and plumbing needs, so let us put our years of experience, top-of-the-line equipment, and dedicated enthusiasm for serving our local communities to work for you.