Interesting Use of Septic Tank in Tampa

Southern Water and Soil, Inc., was asked to help install a car wash recycling system for a plumbing company that we work with. As part of the installation we installed an oil-water separator and sampling basin. SWS installed 3 – 1500 gallon H20 rated traffic bearing structures to complete the system.


To top off the difficulty we had to fit all of this in an existing building with only 23 feet of clearance.


Tight spots and small lots has been Southern Water and Soil’s specialty. If it can be done SWS can do it.


SWS installs septic tanks, grease interceptors, and onsite wastewater treatment receptacles in Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, and Pinellas Counties. If you are in need of a septic or wastewater treatment system don’t hesitate to call SWS at 813-785-0500.

Fats, Oils, and Greases OH MY! Don’t Flush Them Into The Septic System!

Fats, Oils, and Greases OH MY! Don’t Flush Them Into The Septic System!

By: Melissa Desmond

What are the worst things that you can put down the drain or flush? There is little room for debate that the worst two things for a septic system are fat and grease. These two common by products, not only clog your septic system, they will cost you tons of money. Septic systems are designed to handle waste, organic material or toilet paper. They are not designed to handle grease and fat.

Clogged Effluent Filter
Fats, Oils, and Grease on Effluent Filter

In order to understand why grease and fat is a septic tanks worst enemy, you must first understand the components of a septic system. The septic system consist of two parts- the tank and the drain field. The tank is a water tight box, made of fiberglass or concrete with an inlet and outlet pipe. Each time a toilet is flushed, laundry is done, or sink is turned on, it flows from the home into the tank. You can think of the tank as a big water tight storage container. The waste stays in the storage container long enough for it to separate naturally. Once the solids and liquids separate, they form 3 layers.

Septic Tank and Drainfield
Septic Tank and Drainfield

The bottom layer is referred to as sludge. The middle layer is liquids that have yet to be broken down. And the top layer is scum. Fat and grease are denser than water. Hence, the reason they float on top of water. When oil is poured down the drain it sits on top of the scum layer. Over time, as more fat/grease builds up, it becomes very thick. This causes the scum layer to encroach on the liquid layer and eventually block the pipes. Once the pipes are blocked with this thick layer of fat, the septic system becomes clogged. The sewage cannot be passed onto the drain field. The fat acts as a solid and seals off the pipes and causes the sewage to backup.

Once this happens the only way to remedy the situation is to hire a licensed professional like Southern Water to alleviate the problem. There are many “miracle “additives on the market. Some make claims to eliminate or “eat” the fat away. The problems with these products are that the solids exit the tank and end up in the disposal field. Once there, solids seal off the drain field, and cause complete system failure. By adding products to your septic system you might be doing more harm than good.

Preventative maintenance is the key to a healthy septic system. Consider installing a septic tank outlet filter in your tank. These filters can catch tiny particles and light weight solids. Some are even designed to capture suspended grease. Only a professional licensed expert, like Southern Water, should install these filters. Also talk to one of their representatives about preventative septic maintenance.

For more information about preventative septic maintenance or to sign up for annual septic system maintenance in the Tampa Bay area, call Southern Water and Soil, Inc., the septic system experts.


Drainfield Replacement in Tampa Bay Area

Are you looking for a cost estimate on a new or replacement drainfield system. When you are looking for septic tank system repairs or replacements costs then call the septic experts at SWS.

Greg Mayfield is the owner of SWS. Greg is a former health department septic inspector. He has over 16 years of hands on experience with septic systems.

If you are in need of a drainfield repair and you live in Hillsborough, Pasco, or Pinellas counties then give SWS a chance to provide you with top notch septic system options.

SWS specializes in septic smart panel installstions. A septic system smart panel can detect leaks that could damage your septic system drain field.  SWS has their own line of control panels that are specific to our part of Florida.






If you need a new septic system design, repair, or just want to be educated on what the options are then give SWS a call and let us get you the septic system information you need.

Drainfield Installation in Tampa

Looking for a new or upgraded drainfield system for your septic system? Are you having drainfield or septic problems? Call the experts at Southern Water and Soil! Greg Mayfield and his crew can provide the septic and drainfield solutions for your septic needs.  If you are looking for a reputable septic company that can provide you with solid answers then look to SWS.



Providing cost effective septic solutions for your septic problems is what SWS brings to the table. Whether you need a soil test, drainfield replacement, septic tank repair or installation the guys at SWS can get your system up and flowing. We provide free estimates on drainfield repairs and replacements.


If you need a septic system pumped then give SWS a call. We will get you pumped out.

Aerobic Treatment Unit

Southern Water and Soil, Inc., provides alternative septic systems for small lots (residential and commercial). We provide cost effective solutions that are based on solid science. SWS engineers and installs aerobic treatment units in Florida. The use of ATU’s and drip irrigation allows a much smaller footprint than what is required with a conventional septic system. Also, performance based treatment systems (PBTS) allow for further variances of standard septic systems. If you have a small lot or don’t wish to see unsightly septic mounds then give the guys at SWS a call and allow them to design your septic system.

Drip Line Installed in Florida
Drip Irrigation System in Florida

The aerobic treatment process adds oxygen to the tank and allows the efficient breakdown of biological constituents. After the aerobic treatment unit the effluent will travel through a lift station and into the drip lines. This saves space over conventional septic tanks and drainfields. Also, this is great way of reusing the wastewater.

ATU Treatment System
Norweco Singulair Green ATU

Call SWS about their innovative and cost effective septic and aerobic treatment systems. SWS will provide you the options for your septic and wastewater needs.


Septic and Wastewater Engineering

If you are looking for a septic or wastewater engineering company in Florida then look no further. Southern Water and Soil, Inc., is an engineering and contracting firm located near Tampa, Florida. SWS has expertise in septic and watewater treatment systems. We have designed and built many types of wastewater treatment systems from Florida to North Carolina.


SWS staff has experience with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Health. We have designed and installed systems from 200 gallons to 80,000 gallons. 

We have designed and installed wastewater treatment systems for fast food restaurants, churches, schools, retail strip centers, assisted living facilities, mobile home parks, RV parks, migrant labor camps, housing developments, clustered systems, beach front homes, gas stations.

If you have wastewater or septic engineering that you need help solving then allow SWS to provide you our watewater solutions.

Norweco Singulair Green System

Southern Water and Soil, Inc., installed a Norweco Singulair Green ATU. The use of the Norweco Singulair Green allows one to reduce mound heights through the use of drip irrigation by Geoflow. Geoflow drip irrigation is a respected leader in the onsite wastewater Industry. If you think you are stuck with a mound septic system then let SWS provide you with septic system alternatives. We have designed many residential and commercial septic systems.


Norweco has been in the wastewater industry since 1902 and has provided a very efficient aerobic treatment unit (ATU).


Drip irrigation is one of the most efficient ways of returning wastewater into the environment. SWS is the distributor in Florida for drip irrigation.

Don’t settle for septic systems that destroy the aesthetics of your yard. Get educated on your options. Ask SWS to provide you with some options.