Clermont Septic Services Video

Let’s Face it..

Dealing with a septic system is never on the top of anyone’s list. Matter of fact, it is usually only on anyone’s mind when there is a problem like a leak or backup.

In the scheme of home ownership, septic ‘issues’ can be some of the most unpleasant things you will ever deal with…and can usually be avoided.

At Advanced Septic Services, we want you to avoid any septic related problems.

We are experts in all things septic! We are Lake County’s most reliable one-stop shop when it comes to solving your septic needs. Preventative Pump Outs, Inspections, Grease Traps, Drain Fields, and Storm Tech Systems are just a partial list of how we can help.

We proudly serve the needs of Clermont area homeowners and businesses providing both residential and commercial septic services specialized to the local soil and climate.

Licensed, bonded, and certified by the Florida Onsite Wastewater Association, we are committed to protecting the health of Central Florida residents.

When you need proven, reliable, septic services, look to Advanced Septic Services. With nearly two decades of helping your neighbors, we will be glad to help you as well.

What are the Best Soils for Septic Systems and Drainfields?

What do bacteria, soil, and gravity have in common?

They are all environmental factors and natural processes that help your septic system do its job of processing waste and treating wastewater. While we know how to keep the bacteria in our septic tanks healthy, and gravity works on its own, what about the soil?

What are the best soils for septic systems and drainfields?

Soil Requirements

Along with other regulations like setbacks, tank capacity and lawn size, soil requirements and soil types can make or break your septic system installation.

Let’s break them down.

Structure

Ideally, soils for septic systems should have large quantities of pores and spaces that are interconnected (not lone pockets). Pores allow space for downward movement of water and air without being blocked — ideal for septic systems.

Texture

The texture of the soil determines how much sand, silt, and clay are present in the ground. Too much clay means the soils are too heavy. Too many heavy silts mean a less porous ground.

Drainage

Drainage refers to the soils natural ability to drain water from the area. Especially for Florida homes with septic systems, you want well-driaining soils to avoid puddles and backups during those afternoon storms and hurricanes.

Slope

While not directly related to soil quality, a steep slope won’t give even the best soil a chance to percolate and treat wastewater before it reaches the groundwater system.

How Do You Test Soils for Septic Systems?

The percolation test or deep hole tests.

Percolation testing requires two or more holes, which are typically a half-a-foot to a foot deep—the depth of average leach fields. After filling the bottom with clean gravel, fill the hole with water and record how quickly the water drains. Typically the minimums for percolation tests are around 5 minutes per inch and the maximums around 30-45 minutes per inch based on local mandates.

Deep Hole Tests are exactly what they sound like—tests using a deeply dug hole. Typically the holes are about seven-to-ten feet deep and below the bottom of potential drainfield locations. Testers collect soil samples and study the seasonal high water table height in relation to the depth of the soil above it.

With factors and tests out of the way, what are the best soils for septic systems?

With most yards and landscapes being a combination of multiple soil types, it’s more helpful to look at characteristics and clay levels.

The best soils and soil types for drain fields are:

  • Sandy Soils
  • Grounds with Low Clay Content
  • Loamy Soils (soils with a mixture of particle sizes that allows spaces and pores)
  • Non-Retentive or Non-Absorbing Soils.

Worried your soil isn’t up for supporting septic systems and drainfield? Contact Advanced Septic Systems today at (352) 242-6100 and talk about the options and systems that will work in your yard.

What Size Septic Tank Do I Need?

Wondering what size septic tank you need for your home?

You finished planning your dream home. The number of bedrooms are set. The number of bathrooms are set. The decision to use an on-site septic system is set. Now the final question remains…

What septic tank size do I need?

Too small of tank means there is not enough time for waste retention in the tank.

What does this mean?

The bacteria that are working to break down waste materials don’t have time to do their job, leaving waste untreated.

Too large a tank inhibits the creation of bacteria and the production of heat your system needs to run efficiently and optimally.

So, how do you decide what size tank to get?

It comes down to two factors: Home Size and Usage.

For size, this includes the number of bedrooms and square footage of your home — as well as the number of occupants.

Also keep in mind, it includes how many visitors you have and at what frequency.

For usage, think about what appliances you use and how often. Do you have teenagers like like long showers? Or lots of laundry to wash?

You’re using those factors to help you find the perfect septic tank — your Goldilocks tank.

Don’t know where to start?

The following are GENERAL estimates from the Florida Department of Health:

  • 1 bedroom home, less than 750 sq. ft. – minimum of 900 Gallons Tank
  • 2 bedroom homes, less than 1,200 sq. ft. – minimum of 900 Gallons Tank
  • 3 bedroom homes, less than 2,250 sq. ft. – minimum of 1,050 Gallons Tank
  • 4 bedroom homes, less than 3,300 sq. ft. – minimum of 1,200 Gallons Tank

It’s important to note that Lake County, FL has their own site of requirements of septic tank sizes.

So, instead of the guessing, call Advanced Septic Services. As a central Florida company, we know all the ins-and-outs of the local laws and can suggest and install the perfect septic system for your new home. Contact us today at Advanced Septic Systems at (352) 242-6100.

Chlorine Bleach and Septic Services

Is Bleach Safe for Your Septic System?

We all love a clean, sparkling house. And with COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, many households are turning to bleach and sanitizers.

But, your septic system is delicate.

And chlorine bleach does a great job eliminating bacteria and viruses — including those that live in your septic tank.

Bacteria in your septic tank needs to thrive in order for the system to operate correctly. But, misuse and overuse of bleach may be killing them off.

We aren’t saying stop sanitizing your home. It’s all about using appropriate amounts.

Here are a few tips to keep your house clean and septic system safe.

Bleach and the Laundry

Small amounts in a large load of laundry has less of an impact on your septic system. The bleach dilutes in a large amount of water, making it less potent.

Just focus on avoiding running multiple white loads back to back and using more bleach than recommended.

Bleach and Bathrooms

Many convenient toilet bowl cleaning products use chlorine bleach to keep your toilet shiny.

Depending on how often the toilet is flushed and the water capacity of the tank, the chlorine is killing off the bacteria — and fast.

And while your parents and grandparents may have doused the shower in bleach, that doesn’t mean you should. Opt for less harsh chemicals.

Chlorine and the Kitchen

When it comes to your countertops, cleanliness isn’t just for looks, it is for safety too.

When trusting the safety of your food it can be hard to trust alternates for bleach.

Start searching for cleaning products with more organic materials to reduce the impact on your septic system. Or alternate which products you use.

Bleach Alternatives For Homes With Septic Systems

What are these mystical alternative products we speak of?

Bleach alternates include:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Tea Tree Oil

Bleach is used all over your household. But, your septic system does not approve.

Limit the number of bleach products you use, how often you use them, and eliminate any highly concentrated products from your cleaning routine.

To schedule your next maintenance appointment, contact us today at Advanced Septic Systems at (352) 242-6100.

How to Disguise Septic Tank Covers and Systems

How to Disguise Septic Tank Covers and Systems

Septic systems help your wallet and are great for the environment, but they don’t make ideal lawn ornaments.

Luckily, they can be covered up!

Here are the Do’s and Don’ts on Disguising Septic Tank Covers

The Don’ts

Improper decoration can lead to big problems, like ruptured pipes or damage to your septic tank.

Here’s a few basics to keep in mind.

Stay Away From Trees

They should be at least 25 feet from the drain field as their roots are long and strong and can pierce the drain field’s pipes.

No Stakes or Deep Fencing

If you place fence posts too far down, you may find you just pierced your drainfield.

Avoid Vegetable Gardens

Do not plant fruit or vegetables near your septic system as contamination is easy.

No Heavy Objects

This includes cars, decks, benches, gazebos, machinery, etc.

No Digging Dogs

The last thing you want to see in your yard is a big hole and a dog that confused a pipe for a bone.

Do’s of Hiding Your Septic Tank

Now that you know the rules, here are a few ideas for covering your septic system.

Plant Tall Native Grasses.

Use grass with fibrous roots and grasses that can handle being occasionally disturbed for maintenance on the system.

Light Statues, Bird Baths or Potted Plants

Septic Tank Risers and Covers

Artificial Landscape Rocks.

They look like rocks, but are lighter and easier to move.

Old Wine Barrels.

Cut them in half and fill with flowers. Or turn them on their sides and they work similarly to the fake rocks.

Your septic cover doesn’t have to be an eyesore. With a little creativity you can still have the yard you want while keeping your septic system safe and healthy.

To schedule your next maintenance appointment, contact us today at Advanced Septic Systems at (352) 242-6100.

6 Septic New Year’s Resolutions

When creating your New Year’s Resolutions, don’t forget about your septic system! Changing just a few habits can help make your septic system last into 2020, 2021, 2022 and beyond.

6 Septic New Year’s Resolutions

1. Review the “Do Not Flush” List

Some items are safe to put into your septic system, and then some items are not safe — think before you flush!

Non-flushable items can include bleach, coffee grounds, hair, hygienic wipes, and pharmaceuticals.

2. Know Your Septic Layout

You may already know where the septic tank is on your property, but are you sure you know where the drain field is? To avoid problems, know their locations and the dangers that affect your septic system.

3. Know the Warning Signs

Stop major problems before they happen. Some septic warning signs include:

4. Conserve Water

Conserving water can actually help out your septic system. Luckily reducing water use is easy — don’t use more than you need, time when you are doing your laundry and running the dishwasher and in general, use less.

5. Pump Your Tank

Get a fresh start in 2020 by pumping your septic tank.

6. Create a Maintenance Schedule

Your septic tank needs regular maintenance. This includes regular pumps and inspections.

Start planning your septic New Year’s resolutions now! To schedule your next maintenance appointment, contact us today at Advanced Septic Systems at (352) 242-6100.

5 Signs of Drainfield Problems

Drain fields are essential to the health of your septic system.

Once waste in the septic tank is broken down, it is sent to the drainfield for it’s last treatment before being released into the ground.

With such an important role, it’s essential to know how to spot drain field issues before they become massive problems.

5 Signs of Drain Field Problems

1. Pools of Water Above the Drain Field

Soggy spots in the yard could mean there is a problem with your drain field. Perhaps it’s a clog, crushed pipe or the soil and gravel are not effectively filtering and treating the wastewater.

It could also indicate issues in other parts of your system. Either way, it’s time to call the professionals.

2. Sewage Odor In Your Yard

If you notice a pungent odor, it could mean some solids have found their way into your leach field.

Not only is this foul smelling, it’s also an environmental hazard to you community’s water.

3. Sewage Odor in Your Home

Notice the sewer odor, but inside your home? It’s time to call the septic professionals as this could mean sewage is backing up into your house.

Why does this happen? It could be from a clog in the drainfield. If wastewater can’t exit your septic tank the way it should, it goes back in the other direction.

4. Greener Grass

The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, but if it’s greener on top of your drainfield that means something is amiss.

Think about it. We’ve used animal waste as fertilizer for years. If your grass is suddenly greener, what is it eating?

5. Problems with Toilets and Drains

What do toilets and drains have to do with your drainfield?

Normally calling for a plumber, issues with flushing mean a clog in a pipe. But, what if that pipe is actually a part of your drainfield?

Your drainfield is the final treatment step in your septic system. Because all of the treatment happens underground, it’s important to know how to look for the signs of trouble.

Have questions? Need to schedule a septic repair?

Call Advanced Septic Services of Florida at 352-242-6100.

Top 7 Qualities of a Good Septic Contractor

Good contractors can be hard to find.

But, not impossible.

Here’s what to look for in septic contractors.

7 Qualities of a Great Septic Contractor

1. Knowledge

They need to know what they are doing. And they need to do it well.

So, ask questions! A good contractor will take time to talk to you about what they are doing and why. If you feel rushed, or they can’t explain, it’s time to look elsewhere.

2. Licensed and Certified

You expect your doctor to be licensed. So why not your septic contractor?

Before they break ground, make sure your septic contractor is fully-insured and licensed in your state.

3. Honesty

No one likes surprises when it comes to contract work — whether its more repairs or extra costs.

A trustworthy septic contractor will provide a written plan with estimates before starting the project. Without you having to hound them for it.

Never start a project without a written estimate in hand.

4. Reputation

Gone are the days of calling for references. After all, we have the Internet now.

Make sure your contractor has follow through by checking their online reviews and ratings.

5. Longevity

Sure, the new kid on the block probably has some skills and knowledge.

While longevity and experience aren’t the most important quality, it will sure put your mind at ease. After all, you know they have done all these repairs before.

6. Listening Skills

Great septic contractors will take the time to listen to your concerns and needs.

And more importantly — they will remember them.

7. Flexibility

Flexibility is key.

If a repair takes longer or issues arise, are they too busy to finish the project?

If a problem arises in a different part of your septic system, can they easily adapt?

Good septic contractors get the work done. Great septic contractors get the work done while putting your mind at ease. When looking for a septic contractor keep these 7 qualities of a trustworthy contractor in mind.

Have questions? Contact Advanced Septic Services today at 352-242-6100.

Kids and Septic Systems Video

Teaching toddlers and young kids about proper septic system use may not always be easy. 

But it is necessary.

Kids are known for putting things in strange places and for finding their way into strange places. Two things that don’t mix with septic systems.

Here’s what kids need to know about your septic system.

What Not to Flush

Or rather, what they should flush.

With the “Do Not Flush” list being long, it’s easier to teach kids what can go down the drains rather than what can’t. Keep it simple.

Turn Off the Water

Brushing your teeth? Turn off the water until your rinse. Washing a dish? Turn off the water while your scrub.

Teach them while they are young that conserving water isn’t just great for the environment, but for your system as well.

Avoiding Septic Tank Lids and Risers

Imagination is a wonderful thing. Two trees become a forest. Magical missions appear. But, that imagination turns your septic tank lid into the perfect stage.

Make sure to put the septic tank lid and riser onto the “Never Play on List.” Also, invest in a sturdy septic tank cover and put your mind at ease in case they find their way onto it.

Dirt Doesn’t Hurt, But the Drainfield Does

Kids love dirt. And dirt never hurt. Until its been involved in the treatment of wastewater.

Designate “safe” zones in your yard for kids to play in that don’t include the areas over your drainfield or septic tank. 

Kids and septic systems can mix, if you teach them the ropes. Focus on the basics while it keeping simple. Do not flush rules and safe playing zones.

Not sure where the safe spots in your yard are? 

Call the professionals at Advanced Septic Services at 352-242-6100.

Debunking Common Septic Myths Video

On the Internet, messages spread instantly, regardless of their validity. It’s hard to tell the facts from myths, including those about septic systems

So, let’s debunk a few common septic systems myths.

Myth #1 – New Septic Systems Require Seeding

What’s seeding? It’s the process of helping the bacteria in your system by adding different organic materials like yeast, manure, or worms.

But, it’s not needed. 

Just using your septic system is enough as the waste contains enough seeding abilities to get a new system going.

Myth #2 – Additives Keep Old Systems Running Great

Additives can help, but they aren’t a magic fix. In fact, they are best used as “boosts” for healthy, efficient systems.

If a system is old and not running well, additives cannot fix it only a septic professional can.

Myth #3 – Pump Your Septic Tank Every Time it is Full

An average family can fill a septic tank in little over four days. Instead of pumping, conserve water use and let your system handle it.

When your system is full of sludge that’s when you need a pump-out.

Myth #4 – Once Installed, Your Job is Done

While bacteria and gravity take care of mostly everything, your system needs a little help. 

Mainly, it needs you to follow proper maintenance rules like “Do Not Flush Rules”, water conservation and general proper use.

Myth #5 – You’ll Only Ever Need One Septic System

Septic systems don’t last a lifetime. On average, they last about 25 years —and that’s with proper care and maintenance.

Sometimes, septic myths muddy the waters. It’s hard to understand which myths are true and which are false.

Have questions about septic tips you’ve heard? Call Advanced Septic Services of Florida at 352-242-6100.

Tips for Living With a Florida Home Septic Tank Video

Living with a Florida home septic tank can be easy. If you know what to look for and pay attention to your system. Follow these 10 Tips to Keep Your Florida Septic Tank Happy and Healthy.

1. Doing the Laundry with Septic Safe Soap. Notice bubble coming from the septic cover? That’s bad news. Certain non-septic safe soaps can clog your system.

2. Septic Pumpings & Cleanings. Schedule a septic pump-out every three to five years. It’s one of the best proactive maintenance tips.

3. Know the Signs of Septic Tank Problem. Learn the classic first signs of septic troubles like bad smells, puddles and slow drains.

4. Prepare for Excessive Rainwater. Make sure you have a way to divert that rainwater away from your septic system.

5. Pay Attention to Your Grass. Notice your grass is brown, or different shades of green or even streaky? That could be a sign something is wrong with the drain field.

6. The Toilet is NOT a Trash Can. Only flush toilet paper down the drain. No hygiene products, “flushable wipes” or cotton balls.

7. Plant Septic-Safe Plants and Trees. Look for plants and trees with short root systems. Long, strong roots wreak havoc on your underground home septic tank.

8. Conserve Water. Prolong the life of your septic by keeping excess water out of the tank.

9. Mind the Drain Field. Wondering about the health of your drain field? Walk over. A soggy lawn with puddles means something is wrong with your septic system. And remember: never drive or park over the leach field.

10. Use the Garbage Disposal Sparingly. While tempting to dispose of all the scraps down the disposal, that’s a ton of extra work for your septic system.

Keep your Florida septic system healthy and happy with these 10 tips.

Have septic questions? Contact Advanced Septic Services at 352-242-6100.

Water Saving Tips for Septic Owners Video

Saving water not only helps the environment while saving you money, it reduce wear on your septic system. Here are 10 Tips for Conserving Water for Septic Owners.

  1. Take Shorter Showers
  2. Stop Using Your Toilet Like a Trash Can
  3. Thou Shall Flush Only Toilet Paper
  4. Go Low Flow. Install a low-flow toilet and save thousands of gallons.
  5. Fix the Leaks.
  6. Use the Washer and Dishwasher Only When Full
  7. Turn of the Water When You Aren’t Using It
  8. Use a Broom, Note the Hose, to Clean the Driveway.
  9. Reduce or Turn Off Your Sprinklers
  10. Use Native Plants to Reduce the Amount of WateringSources
  11. Install a Sprayer on Your Garden Hose

Conserve your water use and extend the life of your septic system! Have questions? Need a service? Want more tips? Contact Advanced Septic Services of Florida at 352-242-6100.

10 Commandments for Septic System Owners Video

Guess what?! Taking care of your septic tank doesn’t need to be hard. Here are the 10 Commandments for Septic System Owners.

  1. Thou Shall Pump When Needed
  2. Thou Shall Not Flush “Flushable” Wipes
  3. Thou Shall Flush Only Toilet Paper
  4. Thou Shall Note Abuse the Garbage Disposal
  5. Thou Shall Avoid Chlorine Bleach Products
  6. Thou Shall Conserve Water
  7. Thou Shall Post the Rule
  8. Thou Shall Only Plant Septic Safe Plants & Trees
  9. Thou Shall Not Park on the Septic Tank or Drainfield
  10. Thou Shall Follow Local Laws to Protect Water Sources

For all your septic tank needs, contact us here at Advanced Septic Services of Clermont Florida. Our septic tank experts will schedule a routine inspection and septic pumping before trouble arises.

Signs of Septic Tank Problems Video

Nobody likes issues with their septic system, but there are early warning signs of septic tank problems before things turn ugly. Here are 7 signs you need to take action today!

  1. Pipes Gurgling
  2. Toilet Flushing
  3. Slow Drains
  4. Bad Odors
  5. Strips Of Extra Green Grass
  6. Soggy Ground
  7. Water Backup

For all your septic tank needs, contact us here at Advanced Septic Services of Clermont Florida. Our septic tank experts will schedule a routine inspection and septic pumping before trouble arises.

Installing Septic Tank Risers and Covers

Are you tired of having to dig up the yard every time you need the septic tank serviced or pumped?

We have a solution! Installing a septic tank riser and cover makes the process easier and faster – and it can even save you some money over time.

There are 3 main steps to installing septic tank risers and covers.

  1. We start by locating the septic tank and digging down to remove the septic tank lid.
  2. Next, we install plastic risers to bring the opening level with the ground.
  3. The final step is to place the new plastic cover on top and secure tightly with screws.

You now have convenient access to your tank with this one time installation. It makes it easy to visually inspect or service your system and it blends in nicely with your landscaping, without having to disturb the ground.

When you need proven, reliable, septic services, look to Advanced Septic Services of Clermont. With nearly two decades of helping your neighbors, we will be glad to help you as well. Give us a call at (352) 242-6100.