Septic System Maintenance – Take Care of your System before There is a Problem

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People have septic systems for all kinds of different reasons. For some people, they are a matter of necessity. If you live too far away from the sewage treatment plant, then a septic system is the solution. Other people prefer septic systems because these systems add nutrients to the soil naturally. All of the waste that is funneled into a septic system is separated and the nutrients and organic matter is slowly released into the soil of the so called “release field.” These nutrients help create some of the best soil going. Whatever the reason a home has a septic system, however, one thing holds true. If you do not maintain your system properly, you could face a huge repair bill. Failed septic systems can cause an extraordinary amount of damage to property, and a system failure definitely is not going to win you any friends with the neighbors, either. Here is what you need to know about septic system maintenance so you can avoid the problems and keep your costs down.

The first stage of septic system maintenance happens every day. You have to use the system properly in the first place to prevent any major disasters. One of the biggest things homeowners do wrong for a septic system is pouring used cooking oil down the drain. Doing this even one time can clog your septic system. You should always dispose of cooking oil in a container and put it in your trash. Cleaning products are another septic system buster. Bleach, antibacterial kitchen spray, window cleaner and so on – all of these products can wreck havoc on your septic system. It is unavoidable that some of these products will find their way down your drains, but do not pour bottles of the stuff down there. If you need to dispose of old cleaning fluids, simply toss the bottle with the liquid in it in your trash.

Make sure the toilet paper you choose says that it is compatible with septic systems – the chemicals in your septic system must be able to break down the paper or it will clog. If your toilet or drains clog inside your home, make sure any drain clearing products you choose are compatible with septic systems. Many are not, and the wrong product will eat through your pipes.

Using your system properly day in and day out is not enough. Every septic system needs to be professionally maintained as well. A maintenance crew needs to come out, clear your sludge and scum out of your tank and make sure the pipes and pumps associated with the system are in working order and not leaking.

With normal use, your septic system will need a professional cleaning every two years.

Call J&L Plumbing 4 U today to assist with all your plumbing needs. In Virginia: (571) 641-9653 In Maryland: (301) 204- 2555  In the DC area (301) 204-2555.

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Septic Systems – What to Avoid to Prevent Septic System Failure

Written by J & L Plumbing on . Posted in do it yourself plumbing, plumbing Alexandria, plumbing Arlington, plumbing Fairfax, plumbing Montgomery, plumbing tips, Plumbing VA, septic systems VA

Septic systems are a fact of life for many homeowners. For some people, there is no choice. They live too far away from the sewer system in their area for traditional plumbing to be an option. This is especially true for people who live in rural areas. For other people, a decision to use a septic system is one they make for environmental reasons. A septic system is a natural way to add nutrients to the soil.

  Whatever the reason you have a septic system, however, there is one thing that is true: you simply must maintain your system properly or it will fail. Septic system failures are not only messy and disgusting – they are also incredibly expensive to fix and can do thousand upon thousands of dollars of damage to your property. If you want to avoid any problems with your septic system, keep in mind these main reasons that septic systems break down. Avoid these, and you are on your way to maintaining a well functioning septic system.

  Some septic systems are designed to fail from the start because of the soil in which they are installed. You may not have a choice about having a septic system, but if you are considering one by choice, make sure you do your research and determine whether or not your soil is suitable for septic systems. If you have to one regardless, make sure you have more frequent maintenance done to keep the system working well.

  Another reason septic systems may fail is that they are just too small for the job. Don’t try to save money by going with a smaller septic system than suggested for your property and the amount of use you expect it to get. Saving a few hundred dollars up front will pale in comparison to the thousands you’ll spend when it fails.

  Septic system damage is a real problem for some people. Heavy machinery can easily damage a septic system, even if it is underground. If you live in a new construction area, this can be a real problem. Likewise, if you farm your land, septic damage is a real risk. If you will be using heavy equipment on your land, make sure your system is installed far away from where you’ll be using this machinery, if possible.

  Poor maintenance is another problem that causes septic system failure. Undigested solid pieces of food and other matter get stored in a septic tank, and it needs to be pumped out in regular basis. Likewise, if you frequently poor cleaning liquids down your drain or if you use a garbage disposal, your system needs to be cleared even more than recommended. Experts recommend septic system cleaning every two years – more often if you use the system more heavily than normal.

  Call J&L Plumbing 4 U today to assist with all your plumbing needs. In Virginia: (571) 641-9653 In Maryland: (301) 204- 2555  In the DC area (301) 204-2555.

 
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Septic Systems – What to Avoid to Prevent Septic System Failure

Written by J & L Plumbing on . Posted in plumbing Alexandria, plumbing Arlington, Plumbing VA, septic systems VA

Septic systems are a fact of life for many homeowners. For some people, there is no choice. They live too far away from the sewer system in their area for traditional plumbing to be an option. This is especially true for people who live in rural areas. For other people, a decision to use a septic system is one they make for environmental reasons. A septic system is a natural way to add nutrients to the soil.

  Whatever the reason you have a septic system, however, there is one thing that is true: you simply must maintain your system properly or it will fail. Septic system failures are not only messy and disgusting – they are also incredibly expensive to fix and can do thousand upon thousands of dollars of damage to your property. If you want to avoid any problems with your septic system, keep in mind these main reasons that septic systems break down. Avoid these, and you are on your way to maintaining a well functioning septic system.

  Some septic systems are designed to fail from the start because of the soil in which they are installed. You may not have a choice about having a septic system, but if you are considering one by choice, make sure you do your research and determine whether or not your soil is suitable for septic systems. If you have to one regardless, make sure you have more frequent maintenance done to keep the system working well.

  Another reason septic systems may fail is that they are just too small for the job. Don’t try to save money by going with a smaller septic system than suggested for your property and the amount of use you expect it to get. Saving a few hundred dollars up front will pale in comparison to the thousands you’ll spend when it fails.

  Septic system damage is a real problem for some people. Heavy machinery can easily damage a septic system, even if it is underground. If you live in a new construction area, this can be a real problem. Likewise, if you farm your land, septic damage is a real risk. If you will be using heavy equipment on your land, make sure your system is installed far away from where you’ll be using this machinery, if possible.

  Poor maintenance is another problem that causes septic system failure. Undigested solid pieces of food and other matter get stored in a septic tank, and it needs to be pumped out in regular basis. Likewise, if you frequently poor cleaning liquids down your drain or if you use a garbage disposal, your system needs to be cleared even more than recommended. Experts recommend septic system cleaning every two years – more often if you use the system more heavily than normal.

  Call J&L Plumbing 4 U today to assist with all your plumbing needs. In Virginia: (571) 641-9653 In Maryland: (301) 204- 2555  In the DC area (301) 204-2555.

 
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