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November 26, 2018

Loudoun County Septic Inspections

Out of sight, out of mind.  That’s how most people treat their home septic systems, and who can blame them?  Nobody really likes thinking about the job their septic system does.

The good news is that your septic system is incredibly rugged and doesn’t need a ton of attention anyway, but it still needs some.  Our recommendation is that you have Loudoun County septic inspections done every three to five years, and have your tank pumped out at about that same interval of time.  We offer both services and would be happy to help.

Good maintenance starts with regular inspections, which give us plenty of opportunities to spot and fix problems while they’re still small, which saves you time, headaches, and money over the long run.

As important as regular Loudoun County septic inspections are when you already own a home, that’s not the only time you might need us.  If you’re shopping for a new house, there are a number of inspections that are either required by law or strongly recommended by real estate professionals.

When you’re buying a new house, the more information you can get about it the better, which is why we advocate for getting the full boat.  After all, you don’t want to sign up for a fifteen- or thirty-year mortgage without knowing exactly what you’re getting into.

What a lot of people don’t realize is the fact that our Loudoun County septic inspections cover more than just your septic tank itself, but extend to the entire system.  So what kinds of problems are we likely to find, if any are found at all?  Here are some of the most common:

  • A Full Septic Tank – If you flush non-biodegradable stuff down the toilet or drain, it builds up over time. The only way to get rid of it is to have the tank pumped, which is why we mentioned the 3-5-year interval above.
  • Clogged Lines – There are pipes, channels and baffles that run from your septic tank itself to your drain field. Solids from the tank can get stuck here, or tree roots can grow into them, both having the same result.
  • Damage To The Tank Bacteria – This can be caused by any number of things, but the fastest and easiest way to devastate your tank’s bacteria is to pour chemical drain cleaners down the drain. Even a teaspoon will cause serious harm.
  • Grease Capping – This is a consequence of pouring grease down the drain. Some of it will escape the tank, float to the surface of the drain field and harden, preventing the field from processing wastes efficiently.

There are other problems you might encounter as well, of course, but whatever we find, our techs have the skills and experience to fix it.  Give us a call today.