If you have a septic system in your home, a plumber in Charlottesville, VA, and the surrounding areas from Speedy Rooter Plumbing can help keep it well maintained. That maintenance will save your bank account from emergency plumbing repair or replacement costs. What is a septic system and how should you care for it?
Understanding Septic Systems
Most homes in the U.S. are connected to centralized sewer systems, but up to 25% of all homes use a septic system instead. This system collects and treats your home’s sewage before releasing water back into the soil.
Wastewater will run from your home into a watertight septic tank made of either polyethylene, reinforced concrete, or fiberglass. Most newer tanks are now made with two compartments. In the first compartment, solid waste will gradually settle on the bottom of the tank and slowly disintegrate. Lighter material like oil or grease will float to the top. The waste sinking to the bottom is called sludge, while waste floating on top of the water is called scum.
After being separated, water exits the first compartment, leaving the scum and sludge behind. Once the wastewater (now called effluent) has been separated into the second compartment, it is ready to exit to the underground drain field. Here, effluent drains through small pipes that gradually discharge into the soil. The soil will begin to filter the water and release it back into the ground. There’s no need to worry though. This water will not come into contact with your drinking water.
This process sounds simple and it is. You’ll still want to call a plumbing company to help maintain your system. That care will prevent expensive plumbing repairs later. What type of plumbing services will you need?
Septic Tank Pumping
Regular maintenance is a must to keep your system working without problems. Speedy Rooter Plumbing offers septic tank pumping services to keep your septic system flowing smoothly.
When our skilled plumber in Charlottesville, VA, and nearby areas arrive to pump your septic tank, we will use a large vacuum hose connected to one of our trucks. We will connect the hose to your septic tank, and the vacuum will remove the liquid waste, as well as the scum and floating solids that have collected on top. Afterward, we’ll haul the waste and your plumbing worries away.
Pumping is very useful if your septic tank has become backed up. Something as simple as a heavy rain could cause your system to be unable to process wastewater. If that happens, we are the plumbing company you should call to get the job done promptly and effectively.
Septic Tank Cleaning
Our plumbing services also include septic tank cleaning. This is more thorough and will remove everything from your tank, including solids that have collected at the bottom. If these aren’t removed they can cause serious damage to your septic system and your property.
The best way to prevent expensive repairs is to regularly clean your tank every 3 to 5 years. Signs that it’s time for cleaning include foul odors, water collecting on your lawn, or water draining very slowly.
Contact a Plumber in Charlottesville, VA, and Nearby Areas
Our experts are always ready to solve any septic problems you have, and our emergency plumbing services are available 24/7. Don’t hesitate to call Speedy Rooter Plumbing for plumbing repairs in Charlottesville, VA, and the surrounding areas. You may also schedule an appointment by filling out the form. We offer our services in: