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