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Caring for Your Fairfax County VA Septic Tank

Septic Tank Inspection Services

Septic tanks are a vital part of the whole septic system. They act as a filter to separate the solids and grease from household waste and funnel the remaining liquids into a drain field system for safe release. When additives are added into the septic tank, it also treats the waste. Septic inspection plays a vital role in a septic system. In this following, we explore the steps that you can care for a septic tank in Fairfax County, VA.

Inspect your septic system regularly

You should inspect your septic system every 3 years at the minimum. This inspection needs to be done by a professional who is experienced in this task. If your system is an alternative system that has a pump, electrical float switches, and mechanical components, your system will need more frequent inspections - almost once a year.

If you are in need of septic inspection services in Fairfax County, VA, you can count on SES services to provide you with a quality inspection.

Pump your septic system regularly

Your septic system will have to be pumped regularly as well. This is because the whole system can get clogged over time. A serious clog can disrupt the flow in the whole system and cause backflow of waste into the household.

The frequency of pumping depends on your system as well. A few factors determine this frequency, they are all related to your usage of the system. These factors are your household size, total wastewater generated, the size of your tank. The higher you are on each of these factors, the more you need to pump your system. For an accurate frequency of pumping, consult your local septic system maintenance company.

Observe what goes into the system

What goes into the septic system matters. In your daily use of your toilets, certain things should never be flushed down. Seemingly harmless looking things are the biggest culprits. Things that seem ‘soft’ like dental floss, cigarette buds and condoms should not be flushed. The only things that should be down the toilet are human waste and toilet paper.

Hopefully, this will give you a good overview of how to care for your septic tank. If in doubt, the best is to consult a local expert in Fairfax County, VA to get a septic inspection done for your system.

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