Freedom Plumbers has the septic services you need. Our professional technicians do not only meet expectations, but they also exceed them. Combining industry expertise with top-notch equipment, your septic tank will be good as new after we’ve made our repairs. Orange County property owners rely on Freedom Plumbers to provide fast, professional, and high-quality services. We don’t have hidden fees and are 100% transparent with our customers.
When it comes to septic tanks, we’re proud to provide a variety of services:
- Septic tank repairs
- Septic tank maintenance
- Septic tank pumping
- Septic tank replacements
- Septic tank installations
- Emergency septic services
Whether you’re looking for a team to provide routine maintenance or your septic system is acting unusual, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re Orange County’s go-to team when it comes to septic tank improvements, preventative maintenance, and emergency repairs.
How Does a Septic Tank Work?
Your septic tank’s purpose is to hold solid waste and filter treated wastewater to your drain field. Septic tanks are most common in rural areas where homes are not part of the main sewage network. In order to have a septic tank, your yard must have room for a drain field.
Septic tanks are typically made from fiberglass, plastic, and concrete. All of the waste from your home flows to the tank. Effluent, or watery waste, takes up most of the tank. Healthy bacteria living inside your septic tank (called anaerobic bacteria) break down natural solids floating in the effluent. Anything that cannot be digested by the bacteria is called sludge. Sludge lays at the bottom of your tank. Lighter solids that cannot be digested by bacteria are referred to as scum. It floats at the top of your septic tank. Scum is usually any fat, oil, and grease that has made its way to your tank.
Your septic tank’s filter allows effluent to flow through your tank’s outlet pipe and into your drain field. Once in your drain field, treated wastewater seeps into the ground. Gravel underneath your domain allows water to flow into nearby soil, where aerobic bacteria complete the rest of the waste decomposition. Once the water is clean, it seeps into the ground.
Septic systems run smoothly and allow homeowners to keep waste away. Keep in mind it’s essential that all parts of your septic tank function properly to ensure there are no issues.
What Is a Drain Field?
Drain fields, also known as leaching fields, filter wastewater from your septic tank. They consist of trenchless perforated pipes and gravel. The pipes are covered with a layer of soil to prevent animals and people from being exposed to the wastewater. Your drain pipes need to be clear to keep wastewater flowing from your tank. Without a proper drain field, you risk unsanitary water being spread around your property as well as potential septic tank backups.
What Can and Can’t I Put on My Drain Field?
First things first, never drive on your drain field. Large vehicles compress the soil and break your drain pipes, creating a sewage leak. You may plant grass over your drain field to help it blend in with your yard. However, we only recommend grass above your septic tank. Larger plants with long roots can grow into your septic tank and create clogs. Roots like to wrap around your drain pipes and crush them. If you are planting trees and flowers on your yard, place them 30 feet or further from your drain field. Finally, a deck or patio over your drain field is not a good idea. The heavy material prevents oxygen and evaporation, which keeps your drain field healthy. Stick to grass or a sand mound above your drain field.
Can My Septic Tank Leak? How Can I Tell?
Yes, your septic tank and its drain pipes can leak from time to time. As a homeowner, it’s important to notice signs of leaking to prevent further damage.
Low liquid levels within your septic tank are the first signs of a leak. Your tank should always have plenty of wastewater inside to house aerobic bacteria and dissolve the solid waste. A leaking tank will lose more wastewater than it should, causing its liquid level to go below normal. If your tank’s wastewater level is low, Freedom Plumbers uses leak detection equipment to locate the exact source of the leak and quickly repair it.
The pipes in your drain field may weaken as they age or be damaged by tree roots. Vegetation is drawn to pipes and loves to wrap around them. As they do, the roots crush your pipes, causing leaks and backups in your drain line. If your drain pipes have a leak, you’ll notice spongy and luscious grass growing in the area. As wastewater seeps out of the pipes, the grass will become extra hydrated. In this case, you don’t want your grass to be greener. If you notice abnormally healthy grass and consistently soft soil above your drain field, give our team a call. We use trenchless pipe replacement methods to replace damaged drain pipes and restore your drain field.
Septic leaks are dangerous and are concerning for Orange County homeowners. 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 dangerous diseases. Freedom Plumbers specializes in fast septic tank repairs. If we determine your leak is exceptionally damaging to your tank, we may recommend a complete replacement. Our technicians make the decision based on the health of your tank and what would be the most cost-effective solution for the homeowner.
How Can I Prevent Septic Tank Damage?
The easiest way to prevent septic tank damage is by being proactive. Sticking to a regular septic tank maintenance schedules ensures your system receives proper inspections, cleaning, pumpings, and adjustments to keep it operating efficiently. Regular care keeps your septic tank healthy and lengthens its lifespan. In addition, be mindful of what you flush down your toilet and sinks. Those items reach your septic tank and cause severe clogs in your system.
Be on the lookout for signs your septic tank is having trouble. Common symptoms of septic problems include:
- Trouble flushing toilets or frequent clogs that plungers cannot dissolve
- Slow drainage in your sinks, showers, and bathtubs
- Loud gurgling sounds in your pipes when you run water or flush your toilet
- Foul odors emerging from your drains and near your septic tank
- Abnormally green grass around your drain field
- Standing water and waste pool throughout your yard
- Water backups
If you notice any of these instances occurring, call Freedom Plumbers. We’ll send our top-of-the-line technicians to your property for a quick septic tank checkup. The faster you notice something is wrong with your septic tank, the less damage there will be to your plumbing system.
What Can and Can’t I Flush Down My Sink or Toilets?
Everything you put down your sink or toilet can reach your septic tank. Bacteria and effluent only break down organic waste that comes naturally from our bodies. That means random materials flushed down your pipes cannot be broken down in your septic tank. These items create a sludge that lines the bottom of your tank. Sludge buildup leads to clogs and backups. To avoid sludge, refrain from flushing harmful materials into your septic tank.
Things you should never flush down your sinks or toilets include:
- Detergent and household cleaners
- Paper towels
- Baby wipes
- Feminine products
- Dental floss
- Q-tips and cotton balls
- Cigarette butts
Instead of throwing these harmful materials down your drain, stick to natural substances. Only things that naturally decompose should enter your septic tank. This includes human waste and toilet paper.
What Is the Difference Between Septic Tank Pumping and Cleaning?
As a septic tank owner, you should receive regular cleanings and pumpings. These two services seem similar, but they are different processes.
Septic cleanings remove water and compacted sludge from the bottom of your tank. It sucks away harmful material to prevent buildup.
A septic tank pumping primarily removes liquids from your tank. A hose is connected to your tank to remove wastewater and any floating debris out of your tank to make room for new waste.
Both are essential maintenance services in order to keep your tank healthy.
What Septic Services Should I Receive Regularly?
Keep detailed records of your routine septic tank maintenance. While homeowners should keep an eye on their tanks to notice any problems, they should be part of a professional septic tank maintenance schedule. An experienced team can determine how often your tank needs to be inspected, pumped and cleaned. Routine maintenance prevents sewage damage to your property. Regular checkups lengthen the lifespan of your septic tank as well as raise the value of your Orange County property.
Septic Tank Inspections
Once a year, your septic tank should be inspected by a professional. Our technicians examine the outside of your tank, checking for cracks and leaks. We use high-definition camera equipment to inspect your interior drain pipes as well as take a look into your septic system. An inspection allows us to gauge your septic tank’s health and identify clogs, tree root invasions, and waste buildup. Regular inspections ensure problems are fixed immediately to prevent complete septic tank failure.
Septic Tank Cleanings
Cleanings keep your septic tank healthy. A septic tank cleaning removes sludge from the bottom of your tank. Sludge is made up of solid materials that have not been decomposed by bacteria. Sludge accumulation harms your tank, causes clogs, and may lead to a sewage backup. It can impact the bacteria’s ability to treat your wastewater and spread untreated water to your drain field. It’s imperative to have sludge professionally removed and cleaned from your tank every two to three years.
Septic Tank Pumpings
Freedom Plumbers will examine your septic tank’s size to determine how often it should be pumped. A septic tank pumping clears your tank to make room for more wastewater. Without regular pumpings, your septic tank overflows. Septic floods spread hazardous material and are a recipe for illness. A septic pumping keeps your tank’s contents at a healthy level. Our team pumps your system with vacuum hoses connected to our work trucks. We flush your tank and dispose of the waste safely, far away from your property.
How Do I Replace My Septic Tank?
If you provide proper care to your septic tank, it can last over 40 years.
If your septic tank is old or you haven’t been keeping up with regular maintenance, damage occurs. A failing septic tank causes hazardous living conditions. Sewage and debris scatter throughout your property. The waste infiltrates your drinking water and spreads waterborne illnesses. Untreated effluent enters groundwater and can spread to nearby streams, putting your surrounding environment at risk. When such severe damages occur, it’s best to completely replace your septic tank.
At Freedom Plumbers in Orange County, we remove old septic tanks and replace them with fresh ones. We properly dispose of broken tanks and assist homeowners with the new installation. Our technicians advise residents on the size, style, and type of septic tank that will best serve their home. Once the homeowner has selected the new tank, our certified professionals install it. Property owners in Orange County don’t have to worry about a thing thanks to Freedom Plumbers efficient septic tank installation and replacement process.
Orange County Septic Tank Experts
You better believe that when you have a septic tank question or concern, Freedom Plumbers is the team you can trust. Our well-trained and highly experienced professionals provide Orange County homeowners with septic tank installations, replacements, and emergency repairs. We schedule customers for routine septic maintenance that include tank pumpings and cleanings. Our professional septic services ensure your tank remains in tip-top shape. We’re proud to provide local residents with fast, affordable, and high-quality plumbing services. If you’re looking for a team to take care of your septic system, you’ve found the one. Call your local septic service team at Freedom Plumbers today to schedule your next appointment.
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.