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.

image
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.

image
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.

image
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.

image
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.

Residential Septic Installation in Tampa

Southern Water and Soil, Inc., solves tight septic system options. 

image
Tight Backyard Septic Drainfield

Providing innovative septic solutions at cost effective prices is what SWS brings to the table. If homeowners understand the options that are out there then they can make an educated decision on their septic system.

image
Drainfield Installation

Using a pump vault unit can save space by adding a effluent pumping system to an enlarged septic tank. This saves space and leaves more room for the septic system drainfield.

image
Biotube Pump Vault

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.

image
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 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.

Septic System Bed
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.

Drainfield that is low profile
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.

Mound Height Reduction
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.

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.

 

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.

image
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.

image
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 Mound Drainfield Alternative

In the Tampa Bay Area there are areas that have water tables that seasonally get high. If you are on a septic system these water tables pose a threat to your septic drainfield.  The conventional method of repairing septic drain fields that are failing is to build a mound drainfield. Some people call them Mt. Flushmore. 

The reason that these systems have to be mounded is due to the soil conditions that are present at the subject property. SWS can install mound systems and alternative systems.

An alternative system worth mentioning is the use of a Norweco Green ATU with Geoflow drip irrigation system.
image

image
Drip Irrigation System

When you have a drip irrigation system the mound is reduced in height or eliminated. Also the drip field doesn’t have to be replaced if maintenance is performed correctly.

SWS will provide you with excellent design services and provide the options for septic system. Whether you need a need a new septic system or a drainfield replacement SWS can get your septic system squared away.
image

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.

image

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

image

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

image

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.