While more and more homes are being connected to municipal sewer systems, septic systems are actually quite common in the Richmond area suburbs. If you are a prospective home buyer, you need to be aware of what type of system their new home has, and you need to know when the last maintenance was performed on the system.
If you already own a home with a septic system, you know that a backed up or failed septic system may be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Properly maintaining your septic system is one of the most important tasks that you want to be sure and stay on top of.
The Richmond area is subject to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act which was adopted by the Virginia General Assembly in 1988. The Bay Act requires homeowners to have their septic tanks pumped every five years. Your locality should keep a record of that, but you should also.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency there are four basic things you need to do to maintain your septic system.
- Regularly inspect your system and pump your tank as necessary.
- Use water efficiently.
- Don’t dispose of household hazardous wastes in sinks or toilets.
- Care for your drain field.
Here are some other dos and don’ts for managing your septic system.
If you have a garbage disposal, pump the grease trap every 1-3 years
Make sure all your faucets and fixtures are not leaking and are in good working order.
If you plan to add onto your home with an addition, a deck or even a swimming pool, check with your local health department.
Don’t save all your laundry for one day. Try to do a couple of loads daily.
Don’t place mulch or bark over the drain field.
Be careful with what you plant. Don’t plant things such as maple, weeping willow, sycamore, locust or bamboo in or near your drain field.
Don’t use a drain field area for growing vegetables.
Don’t dispose of grease, coffee grounds, household or automotive chemicals, or products such as insecticides, herbicides, disposable diapers, plastic or rubber products into your drain field. Your septic system isn’t designed to handle these materials.
Drain cleaners, bacteria, enzymes and things like plumber’s helper are not conducive to the natural organic process needed in your septic system.
Many of those things you can take care of yourself. But if you’re like most homeowners you aren’t really qualified or even interested in inspecting or pumping the tank. That’s why you need a reliable company like Stamie Lyttle
In 1947 Stamie Lyttle and Fred Barnes formed Lyttle and Barnes Sanitation. Their specialization was septic tank installation and maintenance. The company became Stamie E. Lyttle Company in 1967. In 1982, Lyttle Utilities, Inc. was formed as a full services utility contractor specializing in the installation and rehabilitation of water and wastewater systems. Together the two companies form The Lyttle Companies. Lyttle has been accredited by the Better Business Bureau since 1996 and holds an A+ rating for customer service.
While the Lyttle Companies got their start as a local plumbing company, today they cover all facets of the water and sewer infrastructure industry. Their work ranges from residential repairs to the largest municipal wastewater projects.
Lyttle is the oldest company of their time in the greater Richmond area. While their influence has a broad reach on the Atlantic seaboard they work with individuals as well as businesses and municipalities in a manner that is beneficial for both the company and their customers and partners.
Stamie E. Lyttle Co.
2210 East Belt Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23224
Toll Free: 800.232.6774