Septic Tank and Drain Field Inspections

Buying a new home? Recently had a system installed and having problems? Call SWS, we can take a look at what you have and inspect your Tampa, Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, Odessa septic system. We thoroughly inspect the septic system and determine if the system is functioning properly and meets current septic system codes set forth by the Florida Department of Health.

Septic and fats, oils, and grease
This system is failing due to fats, oils, and grease that has been introduced into the system.

There are things that we can see when we open up the tanks that can show us what has been put through the system.

Septic tank risers and lids
Mismatched and improperly sealed risers.

Risers that allow access to your septic system is important that you get the risers required for the job you have. Is the seasonal high groundwater table high? Then this comes into play for your drainfield. A leaking septic tank can reek havoc on your drainfield causing drainfield failure. A properly investigated septic system diagnostic is important to determine the cause of the drainfield failure.

Allow the experts at SWS to inspect your septic system and determine the best options for your septic tank system and needs.

Septic Drainfield Installation, Repair, and Replacement

Wesley Chapel Septic Drainfield
Drainfield Replacement Using Infiltrator Chambers

Septic Drainfield Replacement, Installation, and Repair is something that Southern Water and Soil, Inc., does well. Providing homeowners solutions to their septic problems is what we do. Whether it is replacing a sump pump (lift station pump) or replacing an entire drainfield SWS can get the job done.

Infiltrator Chambers are our drainfield of choice. We would love to tell you why. SWS provides septic know-how. Having an educated septic owner is what we strive to provide. Whether you are located in Tampa, Lutz, Odessa, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, San Antonio, or Dade City we can provide you with the options for your septic system needs.

Need an engineered system – SWS does septic engineering. We have designed decentralized/septic systems througout Florida using today’s best products. We have engineered Hoot Systems, Norweco Systems, ClearStream Systems, Orenco Systems, Bio-Microbics, and many more systems.

Drip Irrigation Systems are something that we take pride in talking about too. We have installed more drip than any other septic contractor in the State of Florida. If a septic mound reduction is what you desire then this is the solution to discuss. So, when it comes to drip irrigation systems for your septic system don’t hesitate to call us for a consulation.

Septic to Drip System
Geoflow Drip Irrigation


Drainfield Installation in Pasco, Hernando, and Hillsborough Counties

If you are looking for a septic company that delivers what they promise then call SWS. We strive to make our customers happy in every aspect of the job. Providing a septic installation that is soup to nuts is what we strive to provide from design and permitting to installation and operation. Give SWS a chance to provide you with the best septic solutions in the industry.

Wesley Chapel Septic Installation

We use Infiltrator Chambers as one of our solutions. Call us for a septic system quote and we will get you the right solution for your job. Knowing what the options are makes your septic system decision easier. Not all products are created equal.

Septic Excavation

Proper septic system excavation techniques and methodologies are important to the longterm success of your septic system. Using the right machine for the job is important. Give SWS a call and we can go over your options.

Failed Septic System Replaced

Southern Water and Soil replaced a PTI multi-pipe system that failed within a 3 year period. The PTI 9 pipe or ADS multi-pipe system is a product that receives a reduction in drainfield size that allows a more affordable solution.

Failed PTI Drainfield

There are usually more than one reason a drainfield fails. One must look at the amount of water, fats, oils, and grease that enter the septic system. When a system is reduced in size due to the product it leaves very little room for error.

Grease and Sludge Buildup

Let SWS review your situation and provide you with septic solutions.

Infiltrator System

Septic Installation in Florida

Check out some of our latest septic installations. We added drainfield to a septic system that had an addition added to the house.

Adding drainfield in backyard

Southern Water and Soil, Inc., can provide you with septic system designs and installation services in Pasco, Hernando, and Hillsborough Counties.

Drip Irrigation and ATU

SWS installs aerobic treatment units and drip irrigation systems. These alternative systems allow septic mound reductions.

Septic for MHP

SWS installs drainfield and septic systems for mobile home parks too. Come check us out at

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!


Cavern Diving: Yes. – Cave Diving: Nope!

Let’s enjoy our springs!

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.

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!

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.

Commercial Septic Florida
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!

Drainfield installation cost
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.

SWS owner's
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.