Serving Northern Virgina / Washington DC Metro Area Customers Since 1987
While normal use of many medications including over the counter drugs will not harm your septic system, some antibiotics and certain strong medications such as those used in chemotherapy can affect the operation of your system, and increase the need for septic tank cleaning in Northern Virginia. This is because the human body does not completely metabolize medications, so they enter septic systems through our body wastes. Certain medications may cause premature failure of your septic system.
According to experts, high concentrations of antibiotics or chemotherapy chemicals can kill or retard the growth of the bacteria in your septic tank and soil treatment area (i.e. the drainfield or mound). These bacteria are necessary for proper operation of your system because they digest some of the organic matter entering the tank. They reduce the amount of solids in the tank and reduce the biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) of the effluent—the water leaving the tank to the soil treatment area. If the tank bacteria are destroyed, solids accumulate in the tank much faster and can create problems in the soil treatment area.
What Can You Do?
If you are concerned about how your medicines may be affecting your septic tank cleaning schedule in Northern Virginia, please contact Soils and Environmental Services, Inc. (SES) The experts at SES can monitor your system and take samples of BOD or TSS (total suspended solids) and recommend a management plan. Based in Warrenton, Virginia, SES has provided expert septic system inspections, service, maintenance and repairs to Northern Virginia systems since 1987.
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.