At Freedom Plumbers, we offer top-quality septic tank installation, repair, and maintenance services for Stafford County residential and commercial properties. With our industry-leading experience, equipment, and enthusiasm, our talented team has what it takes to keep your Virginia septic system in top form.
We’re committed to providing our customers with knowledgeable and professional service, and part of that service is answering questions that come our way. We’ve been queried a lot about our septic services over the years, so to help you out, we’ve compiled some of the more common questions we hear.
Of course, if you have any additional questions or would like to talk to one of our local professionals about your Southern Gateway septic needs, be sure to contact us at your convenience.
Do I need septic services?
Well, that depends. If your Stafford County home or business is connected to a municipal sewer system, then you don’t need a septic system. However, if your home or business does not have access to sewer lines, then you will need a septic tank.
You see, a septic tank is a watertight storage container that holds all the waste created from your property. It’s part of an entire septic system, which along with the tank, also includes a drain field. When you use water in your home or office, it flows through a main drainage pipe into your septic tank. Inside the tank, solids settle to the bottom to form sludge while oil and grease float to the top to form scum. Then, the process of aeration kicks in to improve system performance inside the tank. Aeration brings oxygen into the tank, where it works alongside helpful bacteria to break down the biological slime that builds up in the tank over time. As oxygenated wastewater circulates throughout the tank, it comes into contact with the bacteria, consumes the slime and waste buildup in the tank, and moves out to the drain field.
The liquid wastewater flows from the tank out into the drain field, which is a covered area of unsaturated soil that filters and treats that wastewater. The wastewater percolates into the soil, where bacteria, viruses, and nutrients are naturally removed. In all, the septic process is an efficient and reliable wastewater solution for property’s not served by public sewers.
That process sounds important. What can I do to maintain my septic tank?
Keeping an eye on your septic tank’s preventative maintenance is a very responsible thing. If not properly maintained, the sludge, buildup, and raw sewage in the septic system can decrease its functionality, degrade its quality over time, and lead to some costly, time-consuming, and messy repairs.
So instead of dealing with the headache of a neglected septic system, rely on quality Freedom Plumbers septic maintenance services. We’ve installed, repaired, and maintained many Stafford County septic systems over the years, so we know exactly what to look for. We have the best combination of equipment, expertise, and experience to diagnose any issues with your Falmouth septic system and create lasting solutions to get your tank’s health back on track. For example, one of the easiest and most affordable maintenance solutions is regular septic pumping. It’s a process that we do all the time, and it can really maintain the health of your septic system.
What is septic pumping?
Your Stafford County septic tank holds waste, but once the tank’s capacity is reached, that waste must be pumped out to make room for more. If you suspect your tank is getting full or it’s been a few years since your last pumping, give our friendly Freedom Plumbers technicians a call. We’ll promptly visit your Boswell’s Corner property, locate your septic tank cover, and begin the pumping process.
Once we’ve determined the location of your septic tank, our technicians will back a specialized vacuum truck up to your septic tank cover and use a septic hose to pump the waste and sludge out of your tank. The process is quick and simple and when it’s completed, we’ll properly dispose of your waste and leave your septic tank cleaned out and ready to keep managing your property’s wastewater treatment.
How often should I get my septic tank pumped?
That really depends on a few factors. The size of your septic tank, how many people are using it, and the amount of water your property uses will all impact the amount of time it takes to fill your septic tank. Generally, you should have your tank inspected and pumped out every few years to make sure it doesn’t go over capacity. Again, if you aren’t sure how full your tank is or how long it’s been since your last pumping, promptly contact Freedom Plumbers and we’ll send someone out to do a full inspection of your Stafford County septic tank system.
What happens if I forget to have my septic tank pumped out?
The consequences of an overfilled septic tank aren’t pleasant. Some symptoms to watch out for include:
Slow drains. If a plumbing professional inspects your pipes and doesn’t find a clog, your slowly draining toilets, sinks, and tubs likely indicate a full septic tank. With nowhere else to go, that stagnant water and sewage will continue to back up into your home or office until the tank is pumped out, exposing your floors, walls, cabinets, appliances, and other property features to costly water damage and unhealthy mold growth.
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 will continue to intensify and wreak havoc on your air quality.
Swampy ground. When your Widewater Beach septic tank reaches capacity, solid waste can clog the piping system and force sewage to the surface of your yard. If you notice standing water or swampy ground above and around your septic tank, call a professional Freedom Plumbers technician right away. Left unpumped, your tank will continue to send raw sewage into your yard, exposing you to unhealthy contaminants and making your yard an unpleasant place to be.
Greener grass. A lush green yard is great most of the time, but if the grass growing above your septic tank is exceptionally greener than every other blade popping out of the ground, you might have a problem. If your overfilled septic tank is leaking liquids into the soil, that impacted grass will be greener and thicker, so use that sign as an indication that it’s time to call Freedom Plumbers.
Can’t I just use home remedies to keep my septic tank clean?
To work properly, your septic tank must maintain a delicate ecosystem. Household chemicals and drugstore drain cleaners can really interfere with the natural biological action of your septic tank, and flushing household wastes like grease, food, paper towels, coffee grounds, diapers, and sanitary pads can increase the amount of solids building up within your tank.
So while it may seem like a good idea to use DIY methods to keep your septic tank clean, those home remedies could really cause some major damage. Septic systems are expensive investments, and any damage that could require repair or even full replacement can eat into your budget, so avoid the potential consequences and let Freedom Plumbers thoroughly and safely maintain your Stafford County septic system.
What if my septic tank is old?
Every state has its own onsite sewage system rules and regulations. If you look into the law and determine that your aging septic system is not in compliance, you will have to invest in a new tank. Or, if your current septic tank is damaged and beyond repair, you may also benefit from a new septic tank. At Freedom Plumbers, our highly-trained professionals can efficiently complete your septic tank installation project. We will guide you through the entire process, starting with helping you obtain the necessary permits and surveying your Stafford County property to find the best location for the system. We will also excavate your property, lay and connect the pipes, install your septic tank, and make sure the entire system is fully functioning before we clean up, restore your property, and leave.
Will replacing my tank be messy?
Well, there is excavation required for septic tank removal and installation projects, but we always do our best to disrupt as little of your yard as possible. And what we do have to dig up, we will fill in before we wrap up the project. If we disturb any of your landscaping, we’ll repair that, too. We don’t want to leave you with a big mess to clean up, so we make that responsibility part of our process.
My septic system is older, but doesn’t need a full replacement. Do you offer any repair solutions?
New septic systems are costly, and we understand why you’d want to extend the useful life of your existing tank. To help keep your Stafford County septic system working, we do offer septic repair solutions, which include:
Septic pumping. Pumping is a great place to start when it comes to repair. If your drain field is flooded and sewage is backup up into your home or office, septic pumping may remove the blockage.
Pipe repair. If the issue can’t be resolved with septic pumping, pipe repair could be a great option. For a broken or damaged pipe within your sewer system, we can use non-invasive trenchless technology to create a new pipe within the old one.
Aerobic treatment units. These units aerate your tank to help it break down wastes more efficiently. If the aerobic treatment units aren’t repaired or replaced, your septic system could fail and leave you with messy and expensive excavation, odors, wet areas in your yard, and exposure to harsh environmental pollutants.
What are some of the common causes of septic system damage?
In the Stafford County area, there are a few things that commonly cause problems for septic systems, including:
Invading tree roots. Any moisture in your soil will attract tree roots, which can aggressively invade the walls of your septic tank and pipes. When those roots invade, they can stop the flow of water, send damaging backups into your home or office, and cause expensive and time-consuming deterioration.
Non-biodegradable products. Septic systems are designed to receive human waste and toilet paper, but non-biodegradable products can fill up your tank, refuse to break down over time, raise the liquid level in your tank, and cause problems.
Poor maintenance. Not having your septic tank routinely pumped out can lead to unhealthy and unsightly sewage backups.
Harsh chemicals. Toxic materials and chemical products can kill the bacteria that your tank needs to break down waste. Dumping things like paint, pesticides, and other solvents into your septic system can reduce its effectiveness, disrupt its functionality, and cut down its expected life.
Digging. If you dig without knowing the location of your septic tank and sewer pipes, you could cause a messy and destructive rupture.
Will my septic project be expensive?
There are some expenses associated with a septic project, but the exact cost will be determined by several factors. For example, a simpler repair like replacing an aerator should cost less than a bigger and more labor intensive septic system replacement. Other factors like septic tank size and material, your soil makeup, and permitting costs also come into play when determining your project’s price tag.
Of course, at Freedom Plumbers, we’d like to take as much stress out of your septic system project as possible. We offer free estimates and a wide range of financing options, so before you start worrying about costs, give our professional team a call and let us see what we can do for you.
How do I contact Freedom Plumbers?
We’re easy to find and happy to help. Give our friendly local team a call today or reach out through our online contact form to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our exceptional customer service, quality products, and reliable septic system solutions.
And remember, we can do much more for your Stafford County property than just septic tank installation, repair, and maintenance. We’re also sewer repair and drain cleaning specialists with full-service plumbing services. So for all your plumbing woes, rely on the trusted team at Freedom Plumbers.
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.