Homes On Land And Acreage Around Woodbridge And The Straight Poop About Septic Systems
Septic Systems Can Be Reliable And Trouble-Free So Have No Fear Of Woodbridge Homes On Land
A Quick Overview Of Septic Systems Plus A Few "Dooz and Dont's"
Most folks grew up in areas where municipal water and sewer served our homes, giving us clean water, and taking away our waste water without a care.
When city folks like you and me decide to buy a home away from suburbia, out in the forest, or on grassy farm land, be prepared for well water and a septic system for waste water disposal.
Sewer and water pipes are expensive. It's cost-effective to run sewer and water lines in towns and cities where folks live close together. It's too expensive to run sewer and water lines out to homes in the country.
Over my decades helping folks sell and buy homes, I've noticed that folks who are shopping for their first house in the country often feel a twinge in their gut when they realize their country life will include a septic system.
All most folks know about septic systems is that they are expensive messes to repair when they fail.
What they don't know is that a typical septic system is like the Energizer Bunny... it just keeps going and going, without any problems whatsoever.
A typical, simple, gravity operated septic system, like the one at my home, looks like this:
Waste water flows into a 500 gallon concrete tank under the back yard. Germs, bacteria, and a variety of microbes in the water break down solids, suspend them in the water, and as more water flows into the front of the tank, treated water flows out to a field of perforated pipes, bedded in gravel, 7'-8' underground.
The waste water is drawn down into sandy soil, no fuss, no mess, no bother.
The key to keeping your septic system happy and healthy is to treat it like a living thing. In fact, it IS a living thing that uses bacteria and microbes to break down solid material so it is suspended in the waste water.
The other key to keeping your system happy is to follow Prince William County health regulations wiith a pump-out and inspection by a septic service company every five (5) years. Yes, county regulations require you and me to have our tanks pumped and checked. Pumping will suck up the layer of sludge on the bottom of the tank, and the technician will verify that the system is in normal working order.
NEVER POISON YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM with chlorine bleach, dark-room chemicals, kitty litter, old household chemicals. Your septic system can handle detergents, Chlorox-2 bleach, soap, toilet paper, and anything you have eaten first.
Some of our waste adds healthy bacteria to the tank. If you are wise, you will flush a box of Rid-X down the potty each month.
Rid-X is a box of granulated germs and microbes that spring to life when they are added to water. I dump a box of Rid-X down a potty each month, and in 24 years of country living, our septic system has worked perfectly.
Pumped Septic Systems
Your house may have a pumped septic system because the drain field is at an elevation higher than your septic tank. Here is a diagram that shows a pumped system.
A pumped or pressure septic field requires an extra 500 gallon concrete tank to be buried adjacent to the septic tank, electricity to operate the pump, and a control box inside your home with a warning alarm that will sound in the unlikely event that the pump malfunctions.
Here are two quick videos about your exterior tank system, and your basement control unit.
First, here is a quick clip telling you about a septic tank and a pump tank.
Now we'll go to the basement utility room of this home so you can see the control panel and the alarm that would sound if the pump malfunctioned.