Engineered Septic Installation for RV Park

Southern Water and Soil, Inc., recently installed a new septic system for a RV Park in Dade City, Florida. SWS engineered the septic system, installed the septic system, and maintains the septic system. Providing a one-stop shop for the septic system needs helps SWS stay ahead of the competion.

SWS installs innovative and cost effective septic systems that work and save our clients money. Septic system design and engineering is very important to the functioning of the septic system. Providing education to the customer about their septic tank is what we strive to do. If you have questions about your septic system or would like a professional to explain the options for your septic needs then call SWS.

Drip Irrigation Septic
Geoflow Drip Irrigation

Through the use of Geoflow drip irrigation, Norweco treatment systems, filters by Bear Onsite, controls by Orenco Systems, and other design considerations SWS provides solid septic system design and installations.

5,000 Gallon Per Day System
5,000 GPD Treatment System

This installation was quite tedious because we had to permit the system through the Florida’s Bureau of Onsite Sewage and the Pasco County Health Department. SWS provided the owner’s with septic engineering and permitting.  Prior to permitting and engineering SWS was able to provide the owner’s with a construction cost. This helps the owner’s determine the best options for their septic system needs.

Septic Tank System Installed
Treatment Tank Installation

The treatment tanks were installed and the existing plumbing was tied into the new treatment system. This septic system added additional capacity for the RV Park. Now as other septic tanks in the facility begin to fail these systems are added to the new system through a modification permit.

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Flexible Drainfield Design

Another note is that the drainfield dispersal using drip irrigation is very flexible. We were able to install the drip system around the trees that were onsite. Geoflow drip irrigation has a patened technology that can keep the roots from getting into the drip emitters.

So, if you want a septic system designed to last and expect quality septic parts and pieces to be installed. Then have SWS design and install your septic system.

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Septic Drain field Repair and Replacement Tampa, FL

Southern Water and Soil, Inc., is one of Tampa’s best septic system replacement and repair specialists. The owner is Greg Mayfield. Greg is a former Florida Department of Health septic system inspector. He has worked in the industry for over 17 years and is familiar with the State of Florida septic rules. This is very important because when receiving quotes for drain field replacements it is important that the installer understands the rules.

Separation from seasonal high water tables, whether the system will be mounded, is there a limiting soil later… This is all important information and the homeowner needs to know the options. Should I get a low pressure dosing system? Should I get a time dosed control panel? What is the difference between an alarm an a time dosed control panel?

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Time Dosed Control Panel

A time dosed control panel disperses water out in increments and allows the drainfield time to soak up the effluent that is applied. This allows the drainfield to recover and last longer.

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Infiltrator System Drainfield Replacement

Sometimes a drainfield replacement is required due to drainfield failure. There are many things that can cause a drainfield to fail.
1. Excessive water use
2. Water leaks
3. Use of Fats, oils, and greases
4. Harmful chemicals
5. Roots from trees
6. System damage by vehicular traffic.
7. System damage or botched repairs.

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Broken Septic Baffle

We have seen many different things that can cause septic problems. It is important that you can trust someone to repair the system correctly.

Call SWS and we can get your septic problems resolved with sound science. We provide septic service to the surrounding Tampa Bay area.

Septic Repair Company

Septic Repair Company Serving Pasco and Hillsborough

Southern Water and Soil, Inc., is located in Zephyrhills,  Florida. If you are looking for all the options to your septic system needs then give SWS a call.

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SWS installs drip irrigation systems for septic systems for several reasons:
1. Tight lot
2. Lower mound height
3. Extended drain field life

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SWS installs new septic systems and replacement septic systems. Using quality septic parts is what SWS does. SWS installs products by Infiltrator, Orenco, Norweco, Geoflow, Bear Onsite, Tuf-Tite, Barnes, Sta-Rite, and other brands.

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SWS proudly serves Zephyrhills,  Dade City, Wesley Chapel, Land of Lakes, Lutz, Odessa, Thonotosassa,  and Plant City.

Residential Septic Installation in Tampa

Southern Water and Soil, Inc., solves tight septic system options. 

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Tight Backyard Septic Drainfield

Providing innovative septic solutions at cost effective prices is what SWS brings to the table. If homeowners understand the options that are out there then they can make an educated decision on their septic system.

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Drainfield Installation

Using a pump vault unit can save space by adding a effluent pumping system to an enlarged septic tank. This saves space and leaves more room for the septic system drainfield.

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Biotube Pump Vault

AdvanTex Ax-Max Wastewater Treatment System

AdvanTex Ax-Max Wastewater Treatment System

By Amanda Deck

 

Southern Water and Soil offers customers a variety of options when it comes to septic tank installation and repair. From Norweco Singular Green to the Infiltrator system, this thriving hometown business provides only the most innovative and reliable septic system products on the market.

 

In most instances, Southern Water and Soil can install the traditional wastewater treatment system in which wastewater initially enters a septic tank where it’s separated into sludge (heavy, sinking solids) and scum (floating solids such as oil and grease). Liquid waste, commonly known as effluent or grey water, can be found in between the sludge and scum layers. As new raw sewage enters the tank, the old wastewater is displaced and pushed out of the tank toward the drainfield. In the drainfield section, wastewater slowly trickles through a series of pipes and into the soil which acts as a natural filter, capturing impurities before the water reaches the underground water table.

 

When installing a new septic solution, the experts at Southern Water and Soil will create a system that best fits the features of your property according to municipal and state codes. They will examine the size of your lawn, soil type, water table depth, and other topographical features to ensure quality wastewater filtration. When a conventional septic system cannot be installed, Southern Water and Soil provides customers with many different wastewater treatment options, including Orenco Systems’ AdvanTex AX-Max.

 

About AdvanTex AX-Max

Since 1981, Orenco has worked to design and manufacture affordable, sustainable wastewater technologies for individual properties and whole communities that are not connected to city sewer systems.

 

One of their most popular products, the AdvanTex AX-Max, is ideal for entire communities or commercial and residential developments. It has been installed for use at subdivisions, apartment complexes, golf course resorts, manufactured home parks, parks, RV parks, campgrounds, schools, churches, businesses, rest areas, truck stops, and other areas around the world. For example, the AX-Max system has provided excellent treatment at a mining camp in Alberta, Canada; at a new hospital in Soyo, Africa; and at a famous beach park in Malibu, California.

 

What makes the AdvanTex AX-Max system so effective is that the entire system is built inside a lightweight, insulated fiberglass tank that can range from 14 to 42 feet in length. AX-Max can be installed above ground (for maximum versatility in temporary or variable-flow situations) or in-ground. The system can include one individual tank or multiple tanks depending on usage rates.

 

How it Works

The AdvanTex AX-Max model utilizes a multiple-pass system featuring three chambers: recirc-blend, recirc-pump, and recirc-filtrate. To begin, wastewater flows through a PVC pipe into the 3,000 gallon recirc-blend chamber where effluent blends with filtrate dripping down from hanging textile media. A pump then draws blended effluent into the recirc-pump chamber and above the textile media for further filtration. As the wastewater drips through the textile media, microorganisms remove impurities, just as soil would in a traditional drainfield system. After several cycles of treatment through the textile media, treated wastewater is finally dispersed into the environment for reuse.

 

Why AdvanTex AX-Max?

The AdvanTex AX-Max offers customers a complete wastewater treatment package that requires little operation and maintenance, making it a great solution for small communities with part-time operational staff. In addition, it requires little electricity to operate, saving property owners thousands of dollars in energy bills over time.

 

Orenco Systems’ AdvanTex AX-Max is available for installation though Southern Water and Soil throughout Florida and the Greater Tampa Bay area including Zephyrhills, Brandon, Lutz, Odessa, Wesley Chapel, Land o Lakes, Riverview, Ruskin, Plant City, Seffner, Dade City, and beyond. Call Southern Water and Soil today!

 

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Cavern Diving: Yes. – Cave Diving: Nope!

Greg Mayfield:

Let’s enjoy our springs!

Originally posted on Florida Nature Uncovered:

For many divers and non-divers alike, the idea of cave diving gives people the willies. A cave diver must undertake additional training that goes beyond recreational dive training. But there are many dive spots in Florida that are nowhere near the ocean that don’t necessarily require technical dive training (although more training never hurts).

That’s because Florida has a wealth of springs and sinkholes due to our porous bedrock and underground aquifer. Some of these form caverns that are popular recreational dive spots. Places like Blue GrottoBlue Spring, King’s Spring, and Ginnie Springs offer cavern diving (not to be confused with cave diving), which involves diving in shallower water within sight of the surface and with minimal or no overhangs (basically, anything that blocks your way to the surface). Most of these same places also offer cave diving, which involves deeper dives, extensive overhangs, and special…

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Drainfield Problems in Tampa? We Have Solutions!

Are you experiencing sluggish drains? Are you on a septic system? When was the last time your septic tank was pumped? Do you live in the Tampa Bay Area? If you answered yes then call the septic tank experts at Southern Water and Soil, Inc. SWS serves the metro Tampa area. We can provide the septic and drainfield options that you want to know and learn about. Here are a few items worth reviewing if you are having septic problems.

1. When was the last time your tank was pumped?
Your septic tank should be pumped on average every 3 to 5 years depending on the number of people in the house and how the system is used. If you have and septic tank effluent filter then you may need to clean this more frequently depending on use and type of filter that you have. SWS carries effluent filters by Orenco, Tuf-tite, Bear Onsite, and Geoflow. These filters help reduce the amount of solids enter your drainfield.

2. How old is the septic system?
The average life span of a septic system in Florida is 18.7 years, according the Florida Department of Health. Therefore, if your septic system is failing after it is getting to this age then most likely it is the drainfield that is no longer accepting effluent out into the drainfield.

3. What kind of soil do you have?
The type of soil that you have affects your septic system in various ways… water table, percolation rate, life span, size of drainfield, excavation required, etc.

4. Where is your septic system located?
If your septic system is located on the side of the house where roof runoff can saturate the soils then you may want to think about getting gutters to shed the water away from the septic system. If your septic system is located near a lake or river then it would make sense to insure that the septic thank is water tight…especially if you have a lift station. Also, there are setback requirements that need to be maintained, such as, water bodies, wells, buildings, etc.

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Southern Water and Soil

If you are experiencing drainfield problems or would like to have your system evaluated then give us a call! 813-785-0500!

WHY IS MY SEPTIC SYSTEM HAVING PROBLEMS WHEN IT RAINS?

Having septic problems during rain events can be frustrating. Many septic problems stem from not having watertight septic tanks. Many times when we are replacing drainfields that have become soggy and overloaded we make every effort to seal inlets, outlets, risers, lids, seams around the tank, and any other places water can into the system. Excess water can wash all of the solids into the drainfield and cause premature drainfield failure. Also, the aerobic organisms that live in the drainfield can turn anaerobic. The anaerobic organisms are 60 times slower than the aerobic organisms. This leaves a bio-mat build up in the drainfield area.

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Watertight Riser Access

We have had to replace mainy septic tanks due to improper installation. Many times in the old days installers would punch a hole in the bottom of the tank to allow the tank to sink into the excavated hole. This was done many many times. However, this creates a problem during the rainy season when the groundwater becomes higher than the bottom of the drainfield. When these systems fail the septic tank has to be replaced due to the installation of a lift station would allow ground water to flow over and into the lift station and allow excess water to flow into the drainfield.

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Watertight Lift Station

Many times installers will not install a riser access to access filters and internal septic tank componets. Also, sometimes they don’t use a bolt down kit or tank adapter kit. This can create problems with excess water and soil to get into the tank. This can create issues with excess water and soil getting into the drainfield. This is another problem with improperly sealed septic tanks.

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Time Dosed Control Panel

A time dosed control panel can help determine if your septic system is receiving excess water. The control panel can be programmed to determine the amound water being used. Once the permitted amount of water is allowed to exit then the control panel will alarm you and let you know that their is a leak in your house or from a leaky septic tank. The benefit of the timed dosed control panel provides the owner the peace of mind to let them know that the excess water will not inundate the septic system drainfield.

If your septic system is blowing out or backing up and you have foul odors or mushy and soggy areas around your septic tank or drainfield then let the septic system experts at SWS diagnose your septic drainfield problems.

SWS serves the Tampa Bay Area including, Tampa, Lutz, Odessa, Zephryhills, Dade City, and Wesley Chapel. Let SWS help you out! 813-785-0500

Septic Drainfield Repair and Replacement

This week we were working on two convenience stores that had been repaired in the last three years. The company had trusted the previous company to repair the system properly. One system had a tank that was cracked and the other system had risers and lids that leaked.

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Leaking Riser
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Watertight Riser Package

It pays to inspect what you are paying for when you higher a contractor. This got by the County Health Inspector. This riser had cracks in riser itself and it was not properly attached to the tank. This can cause a huge problem because when the seasonal high ground water table is higher than the interface of where the riser meets the tank then excess water leaks into the tank and is pumped into the drainfield. In this instance it caused the premature failure of the drainfield. If someone is installing a drainfield that it should last a lot longer than 3 years. Diagosing these failures properly is what you pay a good contractor to do.

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Dual Alternating Septic Pumps

The installation of dual alternating septic pumps is a requirement on systems over 500 gpd on commercial septic systems and residential systems over 2000 square feet. It is not a bad idea to have a built in redundancy for systems. We can design a system for a redundant or lag pump in the event of a main pump failure. We can make it so that you will get an alarm; however, the system will continue to function with the lag pump.

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Orenco Commercial Filter

Installing commercial filters can improve the efficiency of the filtering depending on which filter you purchase. SWS carries filters from Tuf-Tite, Orenco, and Bear Onsite. These filters have been proving over time to provide excellent effluent filtering capabilities. There is a lot of science on effluent filters. The two main factors that affect the filtering capabilities is the pore size of the effluent filter and the amount of surface area that the filter has. The larger to orrifice size on the filter the more sludge that can enter the drainfield. The amount of surface area that the filter has determines the cleaning interval. So, the better filters have smaller pore size and more surface area. If you have small pore size and small surface area then the filter clogs too quickly.

When it comes to septic system design and diagnostics allow the professional team and Southern Water and Soil, Inc., provide you with excellent service.

Septic System Drainfield Replacement

Are you having septic system drain field problems? Do you have drains that are backing up or a mushy soft spot in the yard? If so, then have the experts at Southern Water and Soil, Inc., take a look at the problem and see what is going on with your septic system. Many times customers call us and ask questions regarding their septic system issues. Drainfield problems can cause problems such as plumbing that backs up or smells in and around the drainfield itself. Drainfield failures can be caused by many different issues. So, let the guys at SWS take a look and find out what is troubling your septic system.

During a septic system installation soil that is unsuitable for septic effluent drainage must be excavated. Also, old drainfield will need to be removed in order for the system to percolate through the soil. A picture below shows an excavation that is ready for the health departments inspection. SWS wants the septic system to function properly and this is an important step in the installation process.

Drainfield Excavation
Drainfield Excavation

A proper excavation must be completed by the septic tank contractor to properly bed the drainfield product and provide a system that will function over time. Discuss your septic problems with competent staff at SWS and see what other precautions need to be maintained.

Septic System Bed
Septic Drainfield Bed

Preparing the drainfield bed to the proper height is required. If a seasonal high water table is encountered or a limiting soil layer can impact the height of your septic system. We get questions all the time from customers about why their septic system is too high. We go over their septic system requirements and provide alternative septic solutions to lower their septic system. Some of the options include alternative locations, Geoflow drip irrigation, Norweco Treatment Systems, ATU’s, and low profile Infiltrator chambers and PTI Multi-Pipe systems. SWS can design and engineer your septic system after you have made an educated decision on the options that are out there for your system.

Drainfield that is low profile
Low Profile Drainfield

 

Low Profile Septic System
Low Profile Infiltrator Chambers

PTI Multi Pipe and Infiltrator Chambers are an example of systems that receive a reduction in height from 12″ to 8″. This provides a 4″ reduction in the height of the septic system. Geoflow Drip Irrigation is an engineered septic system that reduces the drainfield size on height and overall dimensions. Drip irrigation reduces the height by 11.5″ due to product only being 0.5″ in height. If you are looking for septic system mound height reductions or septic system aerial size reductions then let SWS go over the different options for you.

Mound Height Reduction
Drip Irrigation Reduces Height of Mound

If you want all your septic system options and someone that doesn’t mind discussing your septic issues then give SWS a call and we can discuss your septic and drainfield problems. Call us today! 813-785-0500

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