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What North Jersey Residents Need To Know

There’s a lot to like about living in Sussex County. There’s plenty of greenery, more space between neighbors, and even the air is cleaner than it would be in the more congested and urbanized areas to the east. But the same slopes and hills that make this a pretty place to live also make it a challenge when you’re trying to install a septic system in Sussex County. But fear not. If you live on a hillside, or a property with uneven topography, Wilson Services has ways to meet those challenges. Today, we’ll explore some alternatives to the traditional septic system design.

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How Septic Systems Work

To understand why you might need an alternative to a traditional septic system in North Jersey, let’s briefly recap how they work. Your home’s wastewater (everything from the water that goes down your drains to everything you flush, or the waste generated when you run a washing machine or dishwasher) goes to a holding tank that contains bacteria. Those bacteria break down the solid waste, turning it into liquid. That liquid, called effluent, flows from the holding tank to a drain field. Over time, the soil filters out bacteria and the water gradually returns to the water table.

How a Septic Pump Works

If you’ve ever dropped something on the floor and had it roll away because your floors were a bit crooked, you have some idea of why some properties have a hard time with conventional septic systems. Like marble or a ball, gravity acts on water, and if there’s a slope, the water wants to go downhill. That’s fine if your septic system’s drain field is located down a slope from the rest of your system, but the way your property is laid out won’t always permit that.

So what do you do when you need water to flow uphill? Your septic system’s core components are much the same as before, but there’s a new element added: a pump that can ensure the water gets to where it’s supposed to go. That pump won’t be turned on continuously; instead, like a sump pump, it has a float and will only turn on when the water reaches a set level. If you have this type of system, the pump will need periodic checks and tune-ups as part of regular septic system maintenance.

Wilson Service’s Septic Solutions

So far we’ve addressed more-or-less conventional septic systems. But what do you do when site conditions, such as a smaller property, or one containing a well on site, won’t support either of those options?

For many years, Sussex County property owners have often turned to cesspools. However, these were outlawed in 2012, meaning that any property currently serviced by a cesspool needs to be converted to an approved system.

Wilson Services has a solution. An Advanced Treatment Device in many situations is added to a septic design to vastly increase the level of waste treatment compared to a basic tank and allows for a smaller drain field or seepage pits to be used. There are many types of treatment devices that can be used for different situations.

Septic Service in North Jersey

No matter what kind of septic system you have installed on your property, you’re going to need periodic pumping and maintenance. With it, your system will give you years of reliable service—no matter what configuration you may have. Without it, your North Jersey septic system eventually will need expensive septic system repairs . But no matter where life finds you (and your septic system), Wilson Services is here to help. Give us a call today!