Serving Northern Virgina / Washington DC Metro Area Customers Since 1987
For many people spring represents not just warmer weather and long days but rather an opportunity for a fresh start. This spring, hit the reset button on your septic system. Proper care of your home septic system will not only prolong the life of your system but also ensures the health of you, your family, and your Northern Virginia community.
Water conservation is not only beneficial for the environment it is also beneficial for your septic system. Conserve water and reduce the load on your septic system by doing small loads of laundry throughout the week instead of all at once. Avoid flushing cat litter, sanitary napkins, paper towels, coffee grounds, disposable diapers down drains or toilets. These items cannot easily be decomposed in your septic tank. These items quickly can clog your septic tank. Since your septic system is directly tied in to your home's plumbing make sure your home's garbage disposal is used wisely. Garbage disposals, if used improperly, can quick double the amount of waste in your tank. Do not overuse heavy cleaners or bleach. Do not pour grease or hazardous chemicals down the drain. Grease and hazardous chemicals, when processed through the septic system, have been none to compromise the interior environment of the tank and can make their way into groundwater.
When tending to your landscaping and property this spring make sure that tree roots are not invading your septic system area. Aggressive roots have been known to damage septic tanks. If you plan on adding landscaping to your property you may want to consider installing grass to eliminate soil erosion. Soil erosion has been known to shift septic tanks causing irreparable damage to your system.
SES is one of only three businesses to be licensed as a Responsible Management Entity. Loudoun County Virginia was the first in the Nation to establish requirements for an RME based on EPA recommendations. SES manages several communities required to have an RME.