Do Alternative Onsite Sewage Systems Require Septic Tank Pumping in Loudoun County VA?

The simple answer is: due to how Alternative Onsite Sewage Systems (AOSS) work, they require a different septic tank pumping schedule in Loudoun County VA.

If you have a traditional septic tank system, septic tank pumping is required at least every five years in Loudoun County, VA. However, Alternative Onsite Sewage Systems are a different story.

AOSS have many more components than traditional septic tank systems. Depending on the site and needs of the the folks using them, Alternative Onsite Sewage Systems vary in how waste (solid and water) is treated and dispersed.

Alternative onsite sewage systems may include:

  • Aerobic treatment units
  • Fixed media filters
  • Low pressure distribution systems
  • Drip distribution systems
  • Spray irrigation systems
  • Elevated mounds.

Alternative Onsite Sewage Systems are more likely to fail in their first few years, so the experts at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality advise home and business owners to establish a relationship with a certified AOSS inspection and maintenance company.

According to Virginia law, every Alternative Onsite Sewage System should be inspected at least once a year. During those first few years, the AOSS inspection and maintenance company will determine if – and how often – your Alternative Onsite Sewage System should have septic tank pumping in Loudoun County, VA.

Ignoring this yearly inspection of your Alternative Onsite Sewage System is not a smart idea. These inspections are recorded in an online system by certified AOSS inspection and maintenance companies, and reviewed by the county and state. At the very least, those who forgo the inspections will be fined; but the real costs – thousands of dollars – will add up when your AOSS fails, and you have to pay to have another one installed.

For more information about traditional septic tank pumping or alternative onsite sewage systems in Loudoun County, VA, please contact the experts at SES Mid Atlantic, LLC. The highly-regarded professionals at SES are fully licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, to evaluate, install, inspect and maintain traditional and Alternative Onsite Sewage Systems.

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