Septic Systems

Harford County Septic Company, Baltimore County Septic Systems

Septic Systems

At Jones Pump Service we are experts in septic systems of all kinds. We design, install and repair septic systems for residential and commercial clients in Harford County, Baltimore County and Cecil County. You can count on us for quality work, done right the first time. We know the ins and outs of the Bay Area Restoration Fund. Depending on where you are located, you may be able to get financial help to replace a failing septic system.

Septic Systems include:

  • Conventional Systems
  • Sand Mound Systems
  • Aerobic Systems
  • Low Pressure Dose Systems
  • Holding Tanks
  • Dry Wells
  • And more

Residential Septic Systems

Residential septic systems need to be designed or updated to work with today’s household usage habits. Our design team will take into account how many people live in the home, how often you do laundry, how many toilets you have, what your dishwashing habits are, whether you have a garbage disposal and more. A system that is too small becomes a hassle with a tank that needs to be pumped frequently. A system that is too large is a waste of your money. We aim to hit the sweet spot.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home that uses a septic system, we highly recommend a getting a septic inspection done before signing on the dotted line. If you are the seller, being able to show a certificate of inspection is a selling point, showing potential buyers that the septic system is working properly. If you are a buyer and the septic system has not been recently inspected, ask the seller to pay for an inspection. If they won’t, either pay for an inspection yourself, or back away from the home. You need to have an inspection to show the system is working properly and won’t become a money pit.

Commercial Septic Systems

Our commercial septic systems are designed with your specific business in mind. Whether we’re upgrading an old system to meet new demands, or installing a whole new system, you can count on us to get it done on time and on budget. We understand how important it is that the basics of a business run smoothly, so that you can focus on your customers.

We have designed and installed septic systems for agricultural operations as well as industrial and retail locations. We know that time is money, and can install commercial septic systems in an expeditious manner. We can supply your operation with porta potties and portable restrooms to use while the new septic system is being installed.

Aerobic Septic System Treatment

We offer aerobic septic system treatment and maintenance plans with every new system we install. These include inspections, chlorine treatments, bacterial enzyme treatments, and more.

An aerobic treatment system, or ATS, is actually a small scale sewage treatment system, similar to a septic system, but not a real septic system. That’s because an aerobic treatment system includes an aeration stage that is not a part of traditional septic systems.

Septic System Design

We offer septic system design and consultation services for Maryland homeowners and businesses throughout the state. Owner Dwayne Jones is past President of the Maryland Onsite Wastewater Professionals Association (MOWPA) and trains others in in the industry.

After site evaluation and septic system design is completed, we’ll complete the installation process ourselves if you’re in the Baltimore and Harford County area. Otherwise, we let the project out to bid to local contractors in your area, so that you can get the best price on your septic system installation.

How Does a Septic System Work?

That’s a good question. As a septic system owner, you need to know a little bit about how a septic system works, so that you can follow best practices to keep the wastewater treatment system operating smoothly, and know what the trouble signs are.

Septic systems are most common in rural areas that are far away from a centralized municipal sewer system. A typical septic system consists of two main parts:

  • Underground septic tank
  • Drainfield or absorbtion field, also known as a leach field.


When you flush the toilet, take a bath, use the washing machine, etc. the water drains through your pipes and into the septic tank, The septic tank then digests human waste and other organic matter and separates floatable matter (grease and oils) and solids from the wastewater. Solids fall to the bottom of the septic tank to form a sludge, while oils and grease float to the top. Soil based systems then discharge the liquid from the tank into a series of perforated pipes that release the fluid into the soil or surface water.

Other septic systems use pumps or gravity to allow the septic tank effluent to trickle through sand, organic matter or other media to neutralize and remove pollutants.

The sludge, or solids, are what need to be removed from the septic tank periodically with septic tank pumping.

Signs of Septic System Problems

A bad smell is not always the first sign of problems with your septic system. Call Jones Pump Service if you notice any of these issues:

  • Wastewater backing up into household drains (sink, bathtub, shower).
  • Bright green, spongy grass on the drainfield, even during a drought.
  • Puddles or muddy soil around the septic system pipes in your basement or crawl space.
  • A strong odor of human waste around the septic tank or the drainfield.


For a more detailed explanation of how septic systems work, visit the EPA’s septic systems pages

Call Jones Pump Service today at 410-692-6900 for all of your septic system needs.