Geoflow Drip Irrigation

Product Highlight: Geoflow WASTEFLOW Drip Irrigation
By Amanda Furmage-Deck

As mentioned in earlier posts, the installation of a new septic system can be very expensive, usually costing thousands of dollars. Therefore, deciding which wastewater system best fits the features of your property according to municipal and state codes can be a difficult assignment. Before installation, contractors need to examine the size of your lawn, soil type, water table depth, and other topographical features to ensure quality wastewater filtration.

In addition, as a homeowner, you may have some concerns of your own when it comes to your new septic system such as, “Will it take up too much space?” For instance, if you plan on building or driving on your lawn, a large drain field is out of the question as these mentioned activities can damage your system. You may also ask, “Will I have to cut down trees and remove shrubs?” since roots from nearby vegetation can destroy the effectiveness of wastewater treatment by clogging the drain field pipes or puncturing the septic tank. As a result, if you plan on installing a conventional drain field, surrounding trees and shrubs will have to be eliminated.

If you prefer a more compact drain field that will allow you to save existing trees and shrubs on your lawn, consider installing a subsurface drip irrigation system, an underground wastewater distribution alternative that discharges effluent at a slow, controlled rate to your yard. In fact, virtually 100% of wastewater is recycled and drain field size can be reduced from 25 to 40 percent simply by installing flexible drip irrigation pipes. This reduction allows for more construction on your property—whether swimming pools, driveways, patios, garages, etc.—or more useable green space for outdoor activities.

When it comes to drip irrigation treatment, the experts at Southern Water and Soil, Inc. offer only the latest, most effective technology: Geoflow WASTEFLOW. The main drawback of most drip irrigation systems is the ability of roots to penetrate or clog the tubing. However, this potential worry is eliminated through Geoflow’s nano-ROOTGUARD feature. Through a unique blend of polymer and root-growth inhibitors developed by GeoFlow and researchers at the Battelle’s Pacific Northwest Laboratories, the patented nano-ROOTGUARD directs root growth away from the drip emitters.

Because Geoflow trusts nano-ROOTGUARD’s effectiveness, if roots happen to damage the drip emitters within the first 10 years after installation, the company will replace the nano-ROOTGUARD product for no cost according to its online performance warranty terms and conditions.

Geoflow WASTEFLOW pipes are also coated with Ultra-Fresh, a technology that inhibits bacterial growth on the walls of tubes and emitters. By decreasing bacterial build-up, tubes are less likely to clog or require replacement. 

The benefits of a subsurface drip irrigation system, like Geoflow WASTEFLOW, are endless. In addition to the benefits mentioned previously, because the drip irrigation pipes are buried beneath your lawn’s surface allowing effluent to be absorbed by the underground biomat, health risks are minimized. According to Geoflow, WASTEFLOW results in “no surface contamination, no ponding, no run-off problems, no bad smells.” Secondly, subsurface drip irrigation minimizes deep percolation, and instead allows recycled water to cover a 46% larger surface area.

Through its use of Geoflow technologies, it is apparent Southern Water and Soil is thinking of your future. They will not only take care of you today, but they are concerned about your septic system tomorrow. Call SWS today.

Septic System Inspection

10-Point Septic System Inspection
By Amanda Furmage-Deck

Replacing a septic system can cost thousands of dollars. In fact, a new septic system costs an average of $15,000 in the United States. Therefore, when it’s time for your next septic system inspection, choose an experienced engineer. Consider hiring Greg Mayfield and the highly trained experts at Southern Water and Soil, Inc.

Mayfield—a past Florida Department of Health septic tank inspector—has the solid science, educational, and career experience necessary to do the job right the first time. Southern Water and Soil will perform an extensive 10-point inspection to ensure each aspect of your septic system is working properly.

The SWS 10-Point Septic System Inspection:
Depth of Lid- A typical septic tank lid is buried less than a foot below the surface, right below the top of the soil. However, due to certain factors, lids are sometimes buried deeper than one foot, which can result in extra digging and locating charges—more money coming out of your pocket. In order to cut these costs, SWS will help you consider installing a riser or elevated access cover to make your septic tank more accessible in the future.
Condition of Lid- The septic tank lid plays a crucial role in the maintaining the health of your wastewater system. If the lid is damaged, dirt, rocks, and other foreign matter can enter the tank and cause significant harm to your system—even potential collapse.
Size of the Opening- SWS will inspect the size of the large main opening to your septic tank.  If the opening is not large enough to provide adequate access, then a thorough inspection may not be able to be performed.
Scum Blanket Depth- The scum blanket is the accumulation of floatable solids in your septic tank, which includes oil and grease. If the scum layer is too thick, these solids can potentially exit the tank and enter the drain field. If your septic tank’s scum blanket level exceeds 6” in depth, SWS will advise you to increase your tank pumping frequency.
Sludge Depth- The sludge layer within your septic tank consists of heavy, sinking solids. Like the scum blanket, thick sludge layers can damage your entire septic system. If your septic tank’s sludge level exceeds 10” in depth, SWS will advise you to increase your tank pumping frequency.
Water Run Back from Drain Field- SWS will observe the amount of water flow into your drain field. If water from the drain field reenters the septic tank, further investigation must be performed by the inspectors as this is an indication of a damaged drain field.
Water Flow from House/Building- During the inspection, the SWS team will ask you to flush a toilet to ensure water from your house/building is flowing to the septic tank unimpeded. Slow flow can indicate a clog.
Sewage Over Drain Field- If sewage is rising onto the surface of your lawn, you may be experiencing an oversaturated drain field. This will result in a more in-depth investigation of your septic system.
Inlet Baffle- The inlet baffle connects household plumbing lines to your septic tank and directs sewage downward below the liquid level. If the inlet baffle is damaged, the liquid layer may become disrupted, allowing solids to enter the drain field.
Outlet Baffle- The outlet baffle connects the septic tank to the drain field. If the outlet baffle is damaged, scum and sludge may enter the drain field. 

Why Choose Southern Water and Soil as Your Septic Installer

Why Choose Southern Water and Soil, Inc.
By Amanda Furmage-Deck

The Tampa Bay area is home to several companies specializing in the design, installation, repair, and maintenance of decentralized wastewater treatment systems. When your drains are backing up or it’s time for a routine septic tank pumping, how do you know you are choosing the most trusted professionals for the job? Damaged septic systems can be extremely, costly so don’t take the chance of hiring someone who’s unqualified. Instead, consider Southern Water and Soil, Inc. for your next wastewater treatment project.

Southern Water and Soil, Inc. is owned and operated by Greg Mayfield, registered sanitarian, environmental health specialist, and septic contractor. Greg’s interest in environmental science arose at a young age, as he served as the chapter president of Desoto County High School’s FFA organization, leading his chapter to a 7th place finish in the state soil judging competition.

Upon high school graduation, Greg entered the University of South Florida, where he received a degree in geography with a specialization in environmental studies in 1996. He later received a graduate certificate in hydrogeology—the study of the distribution and movement of groundwater in the soil and rocks of the Earth’s crust. In addition to his educational background, Greg gained valuable experience as a septic tank inspector for the Florida Department of Health and as staff hydrology and FARMS program project manager with the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

In November 2004, Greg founded Southern Water and Soil, Inc. Bob Dasta, Vice President of Engineering, serves as his “right hand man.” Bob has designed several septic systems and worked previously for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

With 30+ years of combined experience, it is apparent Greg, Bob, and the rest of the staff at Southern Water and Soil know the ins and outs of wastewater treatment.

Quality Products
Southern Water and Soil offers customers a variety of options when it comes to septic tank installation and repair. In fact, using such high-quality products has allowed Greg’s small, hometown business to thrive and evolve, even in these tough economic times.

From Orenco Advantex Treatment systems and Geoflow Drip Irrigation, to Infiltrator systems and Norweco Singular Green, SWS provides only the most innovative and reliable septic system products on the market. The company is also an OEM distributor of their own line of septic controls, allowing them to offer quality products at affordable prices.

Quality Service
What helps Southern Water and Soil, Inc. stand out from its competition is its commitment to superior customer service. Not only do the experts at SWS design and install septic systems, but they are also available for any inspection, maintenance, and repair. In other words, SWS offers a full circle of services to their customers.

During the installation and design process, SWS will consider the number of people to use the system, examine the size of your lawn, measure the water table depth, and inspect the soil type to ensure you will receive the best wastewater treatment results possible. SWS installs 200 to 100,000 gallon wastewater systems which allows them to work for residential and commercial clients such as Lutz Medical Center, Brownell Hair Salon, and a retail center in Tampa.

SWS also provides septic system maintenance services and follows a three-step process: septic tank pumping, bacteria and enzyme addition, and filter cleaning. Rejuvenation services are also offered for slow drain field systems with heavy biomat or solid (grease, soap, and/or hair) buildup.

If you live or own a business in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties and are in need of septic system installation, maintenance, or repair, call Southern Water and Soil, Inc. today. You can trust them for their experience, quality products, and quality customer service