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The Care And Feeding Of Your Northern Virginia Septic System

Even though the last thing most Northern Virginia residents want to think about is the septic tank, many should stop and think about it for a few moments at least - to avoid a lot more thought in the future. A septic tank is an essential part of your home, and without it, life as you know it will change dramatically. Use these tips to keep the septic tank and septic system functioning properly and avoid the hassle of a broken septic system.
  • The absorption field of the septic tank does not typically require much attention, but knowing how best to protect it will save time and money. Never drive over the absorption field with cars, truck, farm equipment or anything heavier than a lawnmower.
    • Never plant trees or shrubs in the absorption field area, to avoid roots becoming tangled in lines and causes clogs and other damage.
    • Never cover the absorption field with a hard cover, such concrete or asphalt. Even though you may think it will protect the absorption field of the septic system, it will do more harm than good. Grass is best for erosion control as well as ridding the excess water.
    • Always direct water from gutters and downspouts away from the absorption field if possible. Adding extra water to the area will disrupt the balance of the septic system.
  • The longevity of your septic system depends greatly on what goes into it. The “feeding” of your Northern Virginia septic system should be considered with great caution.
    • Keep all toxic and hazardous chemicals out of the septic system – even in small amounts. Paint, varnish, thinners, waste oil, toxic cleaners and other household products will destroy the biological balance needed for digestion in the septic tank.
    • Plastics, cat box litter, feminine hygiene products, facial tissues and paper towels should not be put into the septic tank either. These products can quickly fill your septic tank with solids and will decrease the efficiency of the septic system.

For more information on keeping your septic system working effectively, contact the experts at SES today.

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