Septic systems aren’t the most glamorous components of Spotsylvania County properties, but they are extremely important. If your residential or commercial property is not served by a municipal sewer system, you very likely have your own private septic system to provide wastewater removal and treatment. At Freedom Plumbers, we have spent years offering industry-leading septic system installation, repair, and maintenance services, and through it all, we’ve heard a lot of questions. So to give you more insight into all things septic system related, we’ve put together a list of some of the more frequently asked questions we get.
If you have any additional questions that we don’t cover in this piece, don’t hesitate to reach out to our talented and friendly Freedom Plumbers team. We have a lot of experience and expertise when it comes to Spotsylvania County septic systems, and we’re always happy to share that knowledge and insight with our valued local customers.
Okay, I know my property has a septic system, but I’m not exactly sure how it all works. Can you break it down for me?
Septic systems are complex, that’s for sure. Many people don’t understand exactly what happens to their wastewater once they flush the toilet or turn off the faucet, but we’re more than happy to explain it.
With a conventional septic system, wastewater and waste solids created in your Lake Wilderness home or office travel through your drainage pipe and end up inside your septic tank. Inside the tank, the wastewater is liquefied, solids are sent to the bottom of the tank to form sludge, and oil and grease float to the top of the tank to form a layer of scum. Over time, all that sludge, scum, and waste creates a biological slime buildup in the tank. To combat that slime, oxygen and bacteria work together to circulate throughout the tank, consume the slime, and move it out into the drain field. The drain field is a covered area of unsaturated soil that is used to filter and treat the wastewater that comes out of the septic tank. In the soil, the wastewater percolates and viruses, bacteria, and nutrients are naturally removed.
There are also septic system alternatives that can be used if your Spotsylvania County soil, ground absorption rate, or other property factors don’t allow for a conventional system. Regardless of the type of septic system you have, the septic process is efficient, reliable, and necessary for any property not served by the public sewers.
I know my septic system is getting pretty old. Do I need to have it replaced?
If it’s damaged and the repairs are pretty extensive, it may be more economical in the long run to get an entirely new septic system. You should also check with your county and state regulations to verify that your existing septic system is up to code. If it isn’t in compliance, you will be required to have a new septic system installed.
Regardless of the reason why you need a new septic system, our trained and qualified Spotsylvania County professionals can conveniently complete your project. We can begin by helping you get the necessary permits and surveys and pinpointing the best location on your property for the new system. We’ll consider things like soil type, drainage, visual appeal, your preferences, and any future construction plans you may have for your site when determining where to install your new septic tank. Then, we’ll excavate, remove the old septic system, install the new tank, lay and connect the necessary pipes, and make sure the entire system is properly functioning. But we won’t stop there. We’ll also clean up, fill in where we dug, and restore any landscaping we may have disrupted before we leave.
Our Freedom Plumbers promise is to disrupt as little of your yard as possible. We don’t want to leave you with a big mess to clean up at the end of your project, so we make that responsibility part of our process.
So once I get my new septic system, how do I maintain it?
A septic system, whether brand new or a little aged, is a critical investment. Remaining diligent about regular preventative maintenance is important to the overall health and functionality of your Chancellorsville septic system. If you fail to property maintain your septic system, all the sludge, raw sewage, and waste buildup could cause expensive, time-consuming, and messy repairs down the road.
Don’t neglect your septic system. Instead, turn to the trusted septic maintenance services of Freedom Plumbers. We’ve spent many years installing, repairing, and maintaining all different types, sizes, and qualities of septic systems throughout Spotsylvania County, and we know how to thoroughly diagnose and repair any septic issues. Our tools, techniques, and technology help us create long-lasting, durable solutions to keep your septic system healthy and dependable. In fact, one of our most popular, convenient, and cost-efficient maintenance solutions is routine septic pumping. It’s an easy process that can really help extend the useful life of your septic system.
That sounds great! How does septic pumping work?
When your Arcadia septic tank reaches its maximum capacity, the waste must be pumped out. If it isn’t, you could face a wide range of costly and damaging symptoms, including:
Slow drains. Slow drains could be the result of a clogged pipe, but if you consult with a professional plumber and no pipe issues are found, you could be facing a full septic tank. When your tank is full and there is nowhere else for the wastewater to go, sewage can back up onto your property. That raw sewage and stagnant water can damage your floors, walls, appliances, cabinets, and other property features and expose your home or business to unhealthy mold and mildew growth.
Swampy ground. When your septic tank reaches capacity, solid waste can clog the piping system and force sewage to the surface of your yard. Any standing water or swampy, spongy ground near your septic tank can indicate a raw sewage overflow that could expose you to unhealthy contaminants and environmental pollutants.
Foul odors. Unpleasant sewage smells wafting into your home or office could indicate that your septic tank is overflowing. If you don’t have the tank pumped immediately, those odors could continue to intensify, wreak havoc on your air quality, and turn people away from your home or business.
Greener grass. If the grass growing above your septic tank is greener and thicker than the grass growing everywhere else in your yard, your septic tank could be leaking liquids into the soil. Use that lush, green, concentrated area of grass as a sign that it’s time to have professional technicians inspect and pump out your septic tank.
If you notice any of those warning signs or it’s simply been a few years since your last pumping, contact our local team at Freedom Plumbers. We’ll visit your Spotsylvania County home or business, locate your septic tank, and begin our thorough pumping process. The process requires us to pump your tank’s waste and sludge into our specialized vacuum truck. It’s a quick, simple, affordable process and we’ll completely dispose of your waste when we’re done.
Is there a recommendation for how often I should get my septic tank pumped out?
We can help you determine a maintenance schedule based on the size of your septic tank, how many people are using it on a regular basis, and the amount of water your property uses. But another important thing to remember is your county’s specific conversation regulations. Some counties require proof of septic tank pumping every five years, and if that rule pertains to you, our knowledgeable technicians can help secure the receipts and documents you’ll need to prove that your septic tank has been professionally inspected and pumped out.
If you aren’t sure how long it’s been since your Spotsylvania County septic tank was pumped out or you are noticing the telltale signs that your tank is reaching its capacity, give our team a call. We’re available and ready to inspect and clean your septic tank so it will work for your property now and well into the future.
When you’re inspecting, what if you find a problem? Do you offer repair services?
We do offer high-quality septic repair services that can help extend the life of your Spotsylvania County septic tank. As we already mentioned, our dependable septic pumping services can be used to remove any waste or blockages causing damage to your tank. Septic pumping is a great place to start, but if the repair requires something more intensive, we can help with that, too.
We also offer innovative and non-disruptive trenchless pipe repair for bigger issues. In the trenchless pipe repair process, we can locate damage within your septic system pipes, dig a small hole to access the pipes, and send an epoxy resin saturated liner into your damaged pipe. We can then cure that liner to the interior of your existing pipe and create a new, durable, long-lasting pipe without digging up the old one. The process is convenient and allows us to reinforce your septic system pipes without the mess and cost of removal.
Another thing we can do is repair your septic system’s aerobic treatment unit. These units are used to aerate your tank and help break down waste more efficiently. When they fail, however, they can leave you with an unstable septic system. That failing system can leave your Brockroad property with sewage backup, foul odors, marshy areas, and dangerous environmental and health pollutants. If your aerobic treatment unit is the problem, our skilled technicians can bring the right equipment and experience to the project and successfully get your septic system back on track.
Fortunately, at Freedom Plumbers, we’ve seen it all before. We know how to locate your septic system issues and repair them before they turn into major headaches. If you suspect that your Spotsylvania County septic system needs repair services, rely on our commitment to getting the job done right the first time around.
What would cause my septic system to break down in the first place?
Well, age for one. Any older system is more susceptible to damage than a newer, more modern one. But outside of age, there are some other common issues we see in this part of northern Virginia.
Invading tree roots are a common culprit when it comes to septic system damage. As moisture leaks into the soil around the septic tank, tree roots are drawn there. They can grow into the walls of your septic tank and pipes, and as those roots invade, they can block the flow of wastewater, send sewage backups into your home or business, and cause costly damage to your property.
Besides aggressive tree roots, harsh chemicals and non-biodegradable products being flushed into your septic system can cause deterioration. Septic systems are designed to effectively receive and process human waste and toilet paper, but things that can’t be broken down over time can fill up your tank and cause problems. So if you’re ever tempted to flush tampons, diapers, paints, pesticides, coffee grounds, kitty litter, or any other household products into your septic system, think again.
Digging without doing property research is yet another common reason we see septic system issues. To spare yourself from accidentally rupturing your septic tank or pipes, pinpoint where all your underground infrastructure is before you dig.
Professional help isn’t really necessary, right? Can’t I just take care of my septic system myself?
Honestly, we don’t recommend it. Your septic system must maintain a complex ecosystem to work properly, and if that is disrupted with inappropriate or even damaging home remedies, you could be setting yourself up for expensive, time-consuming, messy repairs or replacements. We don’t suggest DIY efforts to inspect, repair, or maintain your septic system. Save yourself time, money, and hassle by turning to Freedom Plumbers quality septic services instead.
So, how do I get ahold of Freedom Plumbers?
Don’t let DIY methods, age, invading tree roots, or any other potential problems disrupt the functionality of your Spotsylvania County septic system. If you need septic system installation, repair, or maintenance solutions, call our team of local professionals or reach out through our online contact form. We are here to serve Northern Virginia with a wide range of septic system, plumbing, sewer repair, and drain cleaning services, so contact us today. As a locally owned-and-operated company, we have the exceptional customer service, industry-leading experience, and state-of-the-art expertise to fully serve your project.
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.