Septic Drainfield Installation in Odessa, FL

We recently completed a project in Lutz, Florida. Another company tried an alternative drainfield repair using an aeration unit. The drainfield was not functioning. So we had to excavate the bad drainfield and the bad soil and haul it away. We replaced the bad soil with washed septic sand. This is a must for a properly designed septic system.

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Properly Excavated Pit

Proper drainage of the septic system requires a soil test to determine what the soil loading rate is for the native soils onsite. Once the size is determined the bad soil is removed and good soil is placed to aid in the drainage.

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Infiltrator Chambers and Washed Septic Sand

Once the the drainfield has been installed it is time for the Health Department to inspect the system and determine if the construction was done properly. Covering the system requires the right equipment to be used. We use track machines to lessen the load on the soil.

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Septic System Covered and Graded

When SWS covers we haul away any debris and have your site ready for your landscaping to be re-installed. If you don’t have a local landscaper we can recommend a company or two.

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Yard After Septic Installation

If you are in the Tampa Area and need a new septic or drainfield then give us a call at 813-785-0500.

New Septic Tank Installation

Southern Water and Soil, Inc., installed new tanks for a mobile home park that was adding 6 new homes to the park.

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Septic Tank Installation

Installing septic tanks requires the right equipment at the right time. There are many factors that can make an installation go wrong. If the groundwater is too high then the ground may have to be dewattered. This can add 3,000 dollars to the project in a hurry.

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Lift Station Install

Adding water to the tanks is very important to keep the septic tank from floating out of the ground. This also provides stability to the tanks after getting them set in place.

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Septic Tank Installation

If you need a new septic system installed then don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can make sure you get the best product for your installation.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Septic Company Serving the Tampa Bay Area

Southern Water and Soil, Inc., provides septic service to the Tampa Bay Area. SWS strives to provide it’s clients with the best septic system solutions that are possible. The owner is Greg Mayfield and he is a former Florida Department of Health inspector. He has been fully trained and understand s the problems that plague drain fields, leach beds, and septic tanks. Providing sound solutions based on regulatory experience is what SWS brings to the table for their clients.

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Infiltrator Chamber System

Southern Water and Soil, Inc., can help you with your septic problems. Whether you need a drainfield design, a septic system soil evaluation or percolation test, septic system cost, engineer designed septic system, septic drip irrigation system, low pressure dosing septic system, or other septic system needs, then SWS can help you!

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Drainfield Replacement

If you need a septic tank or drainfield replacement then SWS has the septic system options for you. If everyone is quoting you septic system mounds then look at septic alternatives like drip irrigation. SWS uses Geoflow Systems drip irrigation systems. If your septic system requires nitrogen reducing septic systems then SWS has the solutions for you.

Nitrogen Septic
Nitrogen Reducing Septic System

Florida septic contractor that serves residential and commercial clients. Southern Water and Soil, Inc., serves all of Florida with commercial and engineered septic systems and the Tampa Bay Area with residential septic services. If you need a septic system designed, engineered, installed, or maintained then call the experts. SWS has installed performance based septic systems, drip irrigation systems, nitrogen reducing systems, mound septic systems, low pressure dosing septic systems, timed dosed septic systems, and many other types of septic systems.

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Owner’s Greg and Tanya Mayfield

Please give SWS a shot at your septic business and you won’t regret it! SWS takes pride in what they do. We want to make our customers satisfied and refer us out! Give us a call 813-785-0500.

 

Leaking Septic Tank Problems in Florida

Aging septic tanks can cause problems by allowing untreated wastewater to enter the groundwater supply. Also, another problem is that water can enter the septic system and overflow the drainfield and cause premature failure. We have seen where seals have deterioted overtime and cause tanks to be leaky.

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Properly Sealed Tank

Properly sealed tanks and structurally sound septic tanks are needed to protect our environment and provide proper treatment of the septic tank effluent. If you have a septic system that leaks it can damage your drainfield or pollute waters for drinking and recreation. The responsible thing to do is to  have your septic system inspected for potential problems and avert them before they occur.

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Leaking Septic Tank Replacement

SWS can replace your septic tank with a new HDPE tank that doesn’t crack or leak like concrete tanks. These tanks are an injection molded tank that is stronger than other poly tanks. The tank pictured was installed in Zephyrhills, Fl just outside of Tampa, FL.

If you are in the Tampa Bay Area and you have a leaking or aging septic tank don’t hesitate to call the septic experts at SWS @ 813-785-0500.

Septic Drainfield Installation Cost – Tampa, FL

We get many calls on how much a septic system installation cost will be. There are many factors that affect the cost of your septic system. We will discuss some of these factors here today:

1. Soil Conditions – The type of soil that is at your property is very much a concern. Soils can vary from lot to lot. If your lot is large it can vary 20-30 feet away. It is important to have a soil test done exactly where the system is going to be installed. Soils can change the cost of your septic system by thousands of dollars. We have had excavations that have had to be excavated to 6-7 feet below grade. This can influence the type of septic that can be installed. There are alternative septic systems that can be installed that can reduce mound heights.

2. Seasonal High Water Table – Where the seasonal high water table is located influences the height of your septic system. A high water table increases the height of where we can install the septic system. This change in height creates added cost due to septic sand being brought onto the site.  We have seen added costs to the tune of $10,000. If you are purchasing land that is on septic a site suitability would be a prudent thing to do.

3. Septic System Products – The type of septic system products that you choose can affect the cost. Optional items can be purchased that increase the cost of the system. However, there are many beneficial products that keep maintenance costs down.  There are many types of tanks, effluent filters, pumps, drainfield products, and control panels. It is important to know what kind of product is being installed. SWS will educate you on the type of products that can be used on your system and cost differences.

4. Septic and Drainfield Design – If the septic system is an engineered system then the type of design can affect the septic system cost. Most engineers are not experienced enough in septic systems to value engineer the septic system. At SWS we are an engineered septic contractor. We are a design-build-operate company. We want the system to function properly and effectively. Southern Water and Soil, Inc., is a registered septic tank contractor and septic system engineering company located in Tampa, FL. We provide cost effective septic designs and solutions. When value engineering is a concern SWS is on top of it. SWS educates the owner as to the septic system options. Whether it is a conventional in-ground septic system, mounded septic system, aerobic system, drip system, or low pressure dosing system SWS can get it done.

5. Building Size – The size of your structure has an influence on the cost of the septic system. The Florida Department of Health dictates the sizes of the septic system in the Florida Administrative Code. The larger the home or office the more the septic system will cost due to the system being sized larger.

6. Number of Persons – The number of people that the system services affects the size of the septic system. A system designed for a 1 bedroom home and 2 people can be smaller than a 6 bedroom home serving 6 people. 

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Cost Effective Septic Design
Septic System With Drip
Drip Irrigation Septic System

If you are thinking about having a new septic system installed in the Tampa, Florida are then call the septic system experts at Southern Water and Soil, Inc.

 

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.

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

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

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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.