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Helpful information about your septic


Are you polluting your own backyard?

A failing system is not like your car when it is low on oil, NO RED LIGHT will go on to warn you. The U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare Public Health Service states: "A septic tank system will serve a home satisfactorily only if it is properly designed, installed, and adequately maintained. Even a good system which does not have proper care and attention may become a nuisance and a burdensome expense. Remember, a septic tank-soil absorption system which does not function properly, frequently becomes a neighborhood health hazard. To obtain satisfactory service, the homeowner must know something about the design, operation and maintenance of his own septic tank system." The same holds true for grease traps, drains, and other waste treatment systems. You have a large investment in your system, protect your investment by treating it with care. You will avoid problems by giving your system the proper care it needs.

Our commitment to our customers goes beyond the ordinary. Our goal is to meet or exceed customer expectations in all aspects of performance measured by time, quality, thoroughness, service and communications.

Call us today for septic maintenance tips, information, pricing and scheduling, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7AM and 5PM, or 24 Hours for emergencies at 727-845-0632 or view our Contact Us page for additional options.

Question: How does my septic system work?

Answer: The purpose of your septic tank is to receive household waste from laundry, sinks, toilets, etc. Once in your tank, the solids settle to the bottom (sludge), and the grease rises to the top (scum). The liquid passes through the baffles (pipes) to the leach field where it is absorbed into the ground.

Question: Why should I have my septic tank pumped out?

Answer: Ongoing maintenance of your septic system will keep it at its optimal level. It will prevent problems such as slow draining sinks and toilets, and septic back up into your home. Regular maintenance will also prevent serious problems that could potentially result in the costly repair or replacement of the leach field. By pumping out your septic tank every two years, the level of sludge is kept low. If allowed to build up, the sludge will enter the leach field, plug the pipes, and prevent liquid from being absorbed. This can be a costly problem to fix, and also time consuming and invasive. Pumping your septic tank regularly is good preventative maintenance and can save you money in the long run.

Question: So how often should my septic tank be pumped out?

Answer: Usually once every two or three years, but depending on your tank size and water usage in your home, it may be more or less frequent.

Question: What can I do to keep my system running well?

Answer: One of the best things you can do is to make sure the sludge is pumped out of your tank every two or three years. Harsh chemicals like paint solvents, thinners, and nail polish removers should never be poured down the drain. Bleach, sink and toilet cleaners, and drain openers are also harmful to the organisms in your tank that help to break down bacteria. Diapers, feminine products, cigarette butts, condoms, and q-tips can cause blockages and should not be allowed into your system.

Question: How do I find my septic tank?

Answer: Generally a septic tank is a minimum of 5 to 15 feet from the dwelling, in a direct line out from your sewage outlet pipe in the basement exiting the building. Tanks vary from 12 inches to 24 inches below the ground in most circumstances. 95% of septic tanks have two clean-out access ports at either end of the tank, approximately 6 to 7 feet apart. We suggest that both the primary and secondary chambers be emptied at each tank pumping to enable a thorough cleaning and inspection of your system.

Question: I am moving into a home with a septic system. Is there anything you suggest before we buy?

Answer: We strongly recommend that the septic system be pumped out and inspected. Septic problems can cost several thousands of dollars to repair. Be informed before you buy.

Question: Question: How do I know if my system is not working properly?

Answer: The signs of a failing septic system include:

  • Sluggish or gurgling drains and pipes in your home

  • Plumbing backups

  • Sewage odor

  • Mushy ground or greener grass in the area of your septic system