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Information on Above Ground Septic Tanks For Your Northern Virginia Home

Homes throughout the Northern Virginia region take advantage of the septic system for their home waste needs, but what about an above ground septic tank - is that better for the environment and your home? Most people in the Northern Virginia area do not know much about above ground septic systems, so here is some basic information to help keep you informed.

  • Above ground septic tanks are rarely used because they are not nearly as safe for the environment and for the occupants of the home as a traditional underground septic tank. Even though you may hear the benefits praised by some, in reality, these are typically merely sales tactics that do not hold true.
  • Wastewater should exit your home using gravity, to allow for proper separation and storage of the solids in the septic tank. If you have to use a pump to deliver the wastewater to the septic tank, the likelihood of the solids breaking apart before reaching the septic tank is greater. While you may think this means less time and money spent emptying the septic tank, in reality, these finer solids will pass through the tank to the distribution portion of the septic system and cause plugging of the pipes. Also, this also invites the possibility of ground water contamination.
  • Let's not forget Mother Nature when it comes to septic tanks in Northern Virginia either. An above ground septic tank will be continuously exposed to the elements of the weather, meaning it can easily freeze in the cold winter months. Not only do you run the risk of freezing, you also must deal with the constant exposure to the ultra violet light from the sun, which will lead to deterioration of the septic tank.

For more information on installing or repairing your Northern Virginia septic tank, contact the experts at SES today.

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