Archive for January, 2015

Understanding Septic Systems

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If your home relies on a septic system for wastewater disposal, it is important to understand how your system works. With proper maintenance and pumping, you can aid your septic system in functioning properly for many years. By setting up regular services and septic pumping’s you are engaging in preventative maintenance. It is important to keep waste water flowing in easily and draining easily.  Here is a quick overview of some of the main components of a septic system.

Septic Tank
One of the primary parts of the septic system is the septic tank. Each time you flush the toilet or run water down the drain your wastewater flows through the septic pipe dumping into your septic tank. Your septic tank holds waste both solid and liquid. There are many microorganisms living and thriving in your septic tank who are doing big favors for your septic system. They are decomposing the waste solids. An abundance of solids can inhibit the in/out flow from your septic tank, solids can get into drainfield blocking it, or displace liquids too quickly into your drainfield and all of which can cause big problems. 

Your drainfield is another crucial component of your septic system. The drainfield is designed to distribute liquid under the ground into the soil, which is overflowing from your septic tank. It is designed to do so without over saturating the ground causing a wet or flooded ground surface. As the wastewater seeps into the ground the soil acts like a filter.

Septic Pumping
It is important to have your septic pumped every 3-5 years. Although the microbes living in your tank do an amazing job they will need help keeping the level of solids down in the tank about every 3-5 years, so we help them out by pumping the tank. When you pump the tank inevitably you are also pumping out large colonies of the needed microbes. By pouring slightly spoiled milk down the drain you can help quickly restore the needed levels of microbes in your septic tank post pumping. 

When your septic tank is in need of service, do not hesitate to contact Tri-County Pumps. Our company provides Montgomery, Frederick, and Washington County with the best available water treatment and septic system services. In addition, we can also install water softeners and filtration systems in your home. Schedule a service today.

How to Locate Your Septic Tank

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In order to care for your septic system, it is important to know where your septic tank is. There are several tools that you can use to locate your septic tank. For example, you can use a metal detector or tile probe to locate your septic tank. To learn more about these two methods watch this video from Stewart Meade Photography. Tri-County Pumps has a third method using a flushable transmitting locator, if you want to learn more about this great technique contact Tri-County Pumps.

When your septic tank needs to be pumped, be sure to call Tri-County Pumps. Our company offers top quality septic maintenance and water treatment services throughout Frederick, Montgomery, and Washington County. Call us at (877) 849-8455 to set up an appointment for your septic system today. 

How Does UV Light Kill Microorganisms?

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If you are seeking a great way to make sure your tap water is safe to drink from microorganisms you may want to consider installing a UV light water treatment system. UV Light Systems are able to sterilize tap water, without the use of harsh chemicals, such as chlorine. After you install a UV Light System, you can rest assured that your family is drinking water safe from harmful Microorganisms. Let’s take a look at how UV Light sterilize water from microorganisms.


DNA Damage
UV light water treatment systems kill microorganisms by damaging their DNA. When UV light shines on a microbe, such as a bacterium, the wavelengths disable a specific sequence in the microbes DNA that codes for the microbes ability to reproduce. The microbe will then no longer be able to reproduce, rendering it harmless and unable to infect. 

Light Exposure
DNA of a microbe contains a specific sequence coding for reproduction and gives the microbe the ability to reproduce. This specific sequence can be instantly disabled by light, but only by light with a specific wavelength of 254 nm. Light with a wavelength of 254 nm is familiarly recognized as UV Light or UltraViolet Light.  When a microbe quickly passes through the system it is sterilized upon exposure to the UV Light. A microbe that cannot reproduce cannot infect other biological organisms.

Do you have a bacteriological contaminated water supply or concerned about a bacteriological contaminated water supply, then a UV Light System is a certain solution. UV light Systems are the chosen treatment for bacteria contaminated water. 

To learn more about the advantages of UV light water treatment systems, be sure to contact Tri-County Pumps. We are pleased to provide our customers in Frederick, Montgomery, and Washington County with septic pumping and water filtration services. For more information about the great services that we have to offer you, contact us.