Freedom Plumbers is your leading and local septic team. Our services range from regular septic maintenance to complete septic tank installations, with everything else in between! We’re happy to provide Madison County homeowners with our fast, efficient, and reliable septic care. If your home has a septic tank, you need to do whatever you can to keep it in tip-top shape. A healthy septic system keeps waste away from your home and raises your property’s value. It’s essential for homeowners to receive prompt repairs to avoid severe water and waste damage. When you rely on Freedom Plumbers, you choose a team with years of experience and excellent customer service. Our financing options make it easy to pay for our services, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Don’t hesitate to give your local plumbing and septic team a call.
Your Septic System’s Purpose
A septic tank is an underwater vessel. It allows for safe wastewater disposal. Not every home has a septic tank. Most Madison County properties with septic tanks are far away from main sewage networks or have poor drainage systems. Instead of relying on a sewage network, these homeowners use a septic tank to collect and store excess waste and liquids underground. They’re most popular in rural areas and not common in cities.
Most septic tanks are made from fiberglass, plastic, or concrete. The tank is connected by two pipes, one for inbound drainage and one for an outbound wastewater flow. The inlet pipes collect wastewater. The outlet system drains filtered wastewater from the septic tank and spreads it evenly into your soil.
Your tank creates three layers. The top is made up of FOGs (fats, oils, and grease). These cannot be mixed into your wastewater and instead floats at the top of your tank. This layer is often referred to as scum. The second film contains wastewater and small particles floating within it. The final area on the bottom of your septic tank is called sludge. Sludge contains heavy waste materials that have not been dissolved or broken apart by bacteria.
To prevent sludge and scum buildup, you need regular septic tank maintenance. Your tank should be cleaned and pumped one to three years. The frequency of your septic care depends on your tank’s size and the number of people using it.
Keep Up with Septic Maintenance
Madison County residents need to keep up with regular septic tank maintenance. Similar to other household appliances, your septic equipment requires care from time to time. Neglecting your septic tank leads to severe sewage problems that make your home unsafe to live in. Without regular cleanings and pumpings, sludge and scum overflow and flood your property. Cleaning up septic backflows is an expensive process. Fortunately, homeowners can avoid such problems by relying on Freedom Plumbing to perform routine septic tank maintenance checks.
If you have a septic tank, you should:
- Be on a regular septic service schedule with a local plumbing team (i.e. Freedom Plumbing in Madison County!)
- Receive sewer camera inspections, septic pumps, and bacteria additives as needed
- Be mindful of what you flush down your sinks and toilets
In addition to these maintenance tips, make sure your septic tank’s lid is easy-to-access. This makes pumping and monitoring easy. You can cover your septic tank with grass, but make sure any plants have shallow root systems. Long roots burrow below your soil and crush your drain field’s pipes. It’s not recommended to place concrete or build a patio directly above your septic tank. Grass is the best thing to cover your drain field.
First things first, if you have a septic tank, you should be on a regular septic maintenance schedule. One of our qualified tank techs can assess your septic system and advise you on how frequently you should receive inspections and cleanings. Regular septic services ensure your system continues operating without a hitch.
Sewer camera inspections allow technicians to visualize your septic tank as well as your sewer and drain pipes. Our operators receive high-definition video footage of your interior plumbing system to identify clogs, leaks, and tree root invasions. Routine camera inspections allow for early diagnosis of problems within your pipes and septic tanks. By identifying issues early-on, we make fast repairs and prevent large septic problems from forming.
Depending on your tank’s size, your system needs pumping every two to three years. Sludge accumulates up at the bottom of your tank and bacteria cannot break it down. To prevent an overflow and flooding, schedule a septic tank pumping to clear your system. Our professional team connects a septic nose to our tank’s truck. The vacuum is connected to your septic tank and removes its contents. We store the waste in our trucks and transport it to a safe disposal location far from your property.
Common Septic Repairs
Routine maintenance prevents large septic tank problems and hefty repairs for Madison County homeowners. Some of the most common septic tank repairs include:
- Clogs and sewage overflow
- Tree root invasions
- Septic tank or line leaks
- Bacteria additives
If you cannot remember the last time your septic tank received professional maintenance, schedule an appointment with our team. There needs to be plenty of water and healthy bacteria for your tank to function. The decomposition process within your septic tank cannot occur if your system is overflowing with waste. Instead, your tank will clog. It will ooze hazardous sewage around your yard. The untreated wastewater can filter into your water system and contaminate your family’s drinking water. Eventually, your entire septic system will flood, and you’ll encounter a full-blown sewage backup. These are dangerous and spread waterborne diseases. Sewage backups require professional cleaning crews and cost homeowners big bucks. They also may demand you to relocate until the property has been safely cleaned.
Tree Root Invasions
Tree roots are strong and resilient. They infiltrate a septic tank and wrap around whatever they can find. Tree roots crush pipes and clog drain lines. Our regular sewer camera inspections identify tree roots growing around your septic system. Once we locate the vegetation, we destroy it to ensure the roots don’t overtake your septic system. If your drain pipes become victims of a tree root invasion, our skilled professionals clear them out and replace damaged pipes.
Septic leaks need to be fixed promptly. They lead to waste puddles and raw sewage on your lawn. Not only is this hazardous to your environment, but it makes your home unsanitary and spreads diseases. You can tell you have a septic leak if certain areas of your lawn are exceptionally green and hydrated. The water leaking from your septic tank saturates your yard and causes the extra green grass. If you notice a septic leak, give our team a call. We’ll address the issue swiftly and repair any damages along your septic line.
In some cases, our technicians add healthy bacteria to your septic tank to assist with sewage and waste breakdown. The bacteria eat unnatural materials, like soap and debris, that accidentally enter your septic tank. Without enough bacteria, these materials create buildup and clogs. With extra live bacteria living in your tank, your septic system naturally stays clean.
Flushing Materials into Your Septic Tank
If you have a septic tank, be mindful about what you put down your toilets and sinks. Certain materials are hazardous and are more likely to clog. Refrain from letting these items reach your septic system:
- Detergent and household cleaners
- Paper towels
- Baby wipes
- Feminine products
- Dental floss
- Q-tips and cotton balls
- Cigarette butts
Instead, only allow natural materials to enter your septic tank. Human waste and toilet paper can dissolve in wastewater and are eaten by bacteria living in your septic system.
Septic Tank Replacement and Installation
Is your septic tank getting up there in age? If you’re in need of a new system, Freedom Plumbers can handle it. We remove old septic tanks and replace them with new ones. We dispose of your damaged tanks safely. When it comes to picking out a new septic system for your home, our certified professionals will advise you on the best vessel for your property.
How can you tell your septic tank needs to be replaced? Common signs include:
- Slow drainage in your sinks, showers, and toilets
- Gurgling sounds in your plumbing system
- Foul odors, especially around your septic tank
- Water and waste pools throughout your yard
- Spongy and lush grass around your drain field or septic tank
- High levels of bacteria in water wells
If you notice these things on your Madison County property, call Freedom Plumbers. A faulty and failing septic tank can lead to sewage backflow and hazardous living conditions. Sewage carries harmful pathogens. When it leaks onto your property, it can infiltrate your drinking supply and make you and your family sick. That’s why a well-operating septic tank is a vital component of a home. If you suspect your septic tank isn’t performing to the best of its abilities, don’t hesitate the call our team. If your tank needs to be replaced, we’ll take care of everything.
Common Septic System Questions
If you have septic tank and drain field questions, we’ve got your answers. If you have a specific question, feel free to contact one of our certified technicians.
What is a leaching field?
Leaching fields are drain fields. They are responsible for filtering wastewater your septic tank releases. The leaching field filters out contaminants, so only clean water is drained into your ground. It’s essential to have a well-functioning leaching field, so your septic tank doesn’t spread unsanitary water across your property.
Can I plant on my leaching field?
We don’t recommend planting anything aside from grass on your leaching field. Roots can infiltrate your septic tank and cause clogs. These clogs damage your system and prevent your tank from working. Plant your garden elsewhere on your property and leave your drain field open.
What’s the number one septic issue homeowners face?
The biggest reason your septic tank will fail is due to negligence. Putting off routine maintenance checks and ignoring small problems lead to severe damages later down the road. You can keep your entire plumbing system running smoothly by receiving regular septic inspections, cleanings, and pumping services. Preventative care is the key to a healthy septic tank.
How often should my septic tank be pumped?
You need professional septic tank pumpings every two to three years. A qualified tech can determine the best maintenance schedule based on your septic tank’s age, size, and the number of residents in your home.
What do I do if I smell sewage on my property?
Call Freedom Plumbers immediately. Foul sewage smells are signs of a clog, leak, or backup in your sewage tank. These can be very harmful to your health. Sewage pools invite pests and spread diseases. A small clog may be easy-to-fix, but only if it’s repaired immediately. If you notice anything out of the ordinary regarding your septic tank, give your local professional team a call to inspect the situation.
Does bleach harm my septic tank?
Yes, bleach damages your septic tank and should be avoided. Bleach and other household cleaners kill healthy bacteria living in your septic tank. Without the bacteria eating away at your waste, your tank is more prone to buildup and clogs. Avoid using bleach to ensure your tank stays in tip-top shape.
Madison County’s Septic Service Team
If you want your septic tank to last for years, make sure you give it the care it deserves. Regular maintenance and tank cleanings destroy buildup and prevent flooding. If you notice something isn’t right with your septic tank, our team provides fast and efficient repairs using state-of-the-art equipment. If your septic tank has run its course and it’s time for a fresh, new one, we’re the team to call. Whatever septic services you’re looking for, we have them. That’s why so many Madison County residents rely on Freedom Plumbers. We’re fast, reliable, and affordable. If you have a septic tank that requires a little maintenance, schedule a service session with our professional technicians today.
Freedom Plumbers specializes in expert trenchless sewer repair, both residential and commercial, including inspections, sewer lining, leak detection, snaking and plumbing. We serve the entire Washington DC, Baltimore Maryland, and Northern Virginia areas.