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7 Signs and Symptoms of Septic Tank Problems

Notice slow drains, bad smells, funny sounds or greener grass? These can all be signs and symptoms of septic tank problems that require attention. Quick identification and treatment can save money and hopefully avoid the even bigger problem of septic system failure. About 25% of Florida homes utilize a septic tank, and on average 10% or more will suffer failure (US Census data and EPA Septic Fact Sheet PDF Download). Problems with septic tanks can be messy, expensive, and bad for nearby water sources (including well water). When signs first appear, it is vital to call in a pro like [...]

By |2017-09-01T20:02:42+00:00December 28th, 2016|Septic Tank Care|

Preparing for a Septic Installation

The best thing you can do to prepare for a septic installation is to find a quality septic system company. If you find someone you can trust, you won't need to worry about most things. And with a few small steps, you can feel confident that you will have a functional septic system for years to come.  7 Ways to Prepare for A Septic Installation 1. What are Your Water Needs? There are different sizes of septic tanks. For residential purposes, septic tanks usually range from 750 to 1250 gallons. The tank's size will [...]

By |2020-11-12T22:03:41+00:00November 12th, 2020|Septic Installation|

Caring for an Older Septic System

Maybe you just bought a house with an older septic system, or maybe your system is getting older with time, and you want to do what you can to preserve it. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers septic systems to be "potentially viable, low-cost, long-term approaches to wastewater treatment if planned, designed, installed, operated, and maintained properly." Septic systems generally last 20 to 25 years, depending on the tank's construction materials. There are some cases of systems lasting much longer if cared for properly. It is easier and more efficient to maintain an older septic system than to pay [...]

By |2020-10-15T17:16:47+00:00October 15th, 2020|Septic Tank Care|

Why You Need a Septic System Inspection Before Buying a Home

If you are thinking about buying a home, you know that there is a lot to consider. Though the septic system may not be at the top of your list, it’s worth it to get a careful inspection before buying. Not every homeowner knows how to properly maintain their septic system, and their lack of care could lead to stinky, expensive problems in your future. There’s a common misconception that nobody uses septic systems anymore. In reality, approximately 21% of American households, many in rural or suburban areas, still use septic systems and are happy with them. If you [...]

By |2020-10-12T19:26:51+00:00September 22nd, 2020|Septic Systems|

Warm Weather and Septic Systems

Many folks are still surprised to hear that when it comes to wastewater treatment and septic systems, the process relies heavily on natural processes and bacteria. And temperature can affect how well those bacteria can break down waste in your system. So, some weather and septic systems work better. But, is it better to be warm or cold? Bacteria in Your Septic Tank & How They Operate Inside your septic tank are anaerobic bacteria, and they are thriving in a healthy septic tank.  Why? Because they have a seemingly unlimited food source — your waste. [...]

By |2020-08-10T17:50:59+00:00August 10th, 2020|Lake County, Septic Systems|

Why is My Septic Tank Gurgling?

Glug-glug-glug. Wondering what that noise is? And where is it coming from? Is that your septic tank gurgling? With your septic system living underground and out of sight, it's important to clue in other senses to help discern when your system is in trouble. This includes your hearing. When it comes to noises and a gurgling septic tank, it's time to take notice. It could mean that your septic is having issues. Why is My Septic Tank Gurgling? With any new sounds, including gurgles, it could point to trouble. When it comes to your [...]

By |2020-07-21T15:42:35+00:00July 21st, 2020|Septic Tank Care|

Selling a Home with a Septic System

Were you thinking about selling your home? What does that mean for your septic system? If your house has one, it's essential to make sure the system is working properly before selling your home. Sellers who don't do this may open themselves up to costly lawsuits from buyers. Below, you'll find everything you need to know about selling a home with a septic system. Selling a Home with a Septic System: the Inspection One of the first things a buyer may ask for is a complete septic system inspection. This is a reasonable request [...]

By |2020-06-23T17:49:59+00:00June 23rd, 2020|Septic Systems|

What Happens When You Stop Pumping Your Septic Tank

We've said it once, and we will say it again: pumping your septic tank is an essential part of septic system maintenance. Not only will it prolong your system, but it may also help your wallet down the road, saving you money from avoided septic repairs. However, some still are not convinced. So, we thought we would try a different tactic. Here is a look at how your systems feel when you don't pump your septic tank. Your Septic Tank is a Waste Holding Tank While some waste and wastewater treatment happens in your septic [...]

By |2020-06-03T18:27:10+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Septic Systems, Septic Tank Care|

The Best Toilet Paper for Septic Systems

It’s easy to underestimate septic problems if you’ve never experienced one. And truth be told, what gets flushed down your toilet plays a huge role in how well your septic will perform for years to come. Make no mistake… your septic is not a mystical portal, where all of the waste just magically disappears. In order for a septic system to function properly, waste needs to be allowed to break-down and biodegrade. If you consistently use toilet paper that doesn’t break down properly, it can accumulate, lead to the creation of ‘septic sludge,’ and can eventually back up your [...]

By |2020-05-12T19:57:25+00:00May 12th, 2020|Septic Systems, Septic Tank Care|

Finding a Good Septic Company

Hiring a septic company is an important decision.  As a delicate and vital system in your household, your septic tank needs to be installed and serviced correctly to remain functional.  Whether you are purchasing a new system, or replacing an older one… you want to make sure that your money is well-spent, and that you’re not wasting it on a contractor who isn’t going to put your best interests first.  In other words, you need to make sure that your septic contractor is the best in the business.  Asking as many questions as possible before you start the job [...]

By |2020-04-28T16:13:31+00:00April 28th, 2020|Lake County, Septic Systems|

Toilet Paper Alternatives & Septic Systems

I think we can all agree on one thing: these are some crazy times we are living in.  With everyone adapting to living in a time of COVID-19, Stay-at-Home Orders, and empty toilet paper shelves, we can all say that we are testing our ability to go with the flow. But, let's get back to the toilet paper. With shortages all over Florida and the country, you may soon find yourself pondering while on the porcelain throne — what do I use?!? And as a septic system owner, using the wrong replacement could mean bad news for both your behind [...]

By |2020-04-17T16:26:57+00:00April 17th, 2020|Septic Humor|
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