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, and Drain Fields 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.

Septic System Education for Real Estate Professionals

In real estate, you need to know houses inside and out—including the septic system!

Septic system education for real estate professionals is something we wish all agents took seriously. After all, septic systems play a pivotal role in the functionality and value of a property.

Knowledge is power. And it’s time to bring your septic knowledge to the next level. Learn more at

Septic System Care for Florida Vacation Homes

Owning a vacation home in the sunshine state of Florida is a dream for many.

However, as a responsible vacation homeowner, it’s vital to pay close attention to one often overlooked aspect of property maintenance: septic system care.

Let’s explore the essential guidelines for maintaining septic systems in your Florida vacation home. Learn more at

What to Do During a Septic Back-Up

While septic systems are designed to handle daily household waste effectively… They can occasionally experience emergencies like a septic backup.

A septic system backup occurs when wastewater does not properly flow from the home into the septic tank. Causes range from clogs, to heavy rains saturating the drain field, to water usage from home, to an aging system, and more.

This backup leads to water and waste finding any exit they can — into your sinks, toilets, or drains within the house. It’s important to be ready to spring into action to mitigate risk and damage (and stress). Learn more at

Septic Maintenance for Businesses

In Central Florida, where the charm of small businesses meets the unique challenges of on-site septic systems, effective maintenance becomes paramount.

Proper septic system care is not only essential for regulatory compliance but also for ensuring uninterrupted business operation.

As a small business owner, adding another thing to your list can feel daunting.

But trust us, this one is important! Learn more at

Hurricanes and Septic Systems – Preparing for the Storm

Hurricane season inevitable brings the possibility of severe and damaging weather. 

For Florida homeowners, it’s best to be prepared.

That means stocking up on nonperishable food, medications, water, batteries — and preparing your septic system. No one wants to come out into their yard to find thousands of dollars worth of septic damage.

When hurricane winds, heavy rain, and storm surges head your way, here’s what to do to protect your septic. Learn more at

Why is My Septic Tank Full When I Just Pumped it?

Septic tank pump-outs should happen every 3-5 years when the tank has passed 30-50% capacity. If you just had your tank pumped and it’s full again, you may be scratching your head and wondering why.

Let’s dive into some possible reasons (and their solutions). Learn more at

Note: It’s important to remember while you can assess your habits, for a true diagnosis, contact your local septic company.

Florida Lake Homes and Septic Systems

Florida is home to a number of lake homes. After all, Florida has a TON of lakes!

Chances are, your lake home operates with a septic system. And as good community members, it’s your responsibility to help maintain your system and the health of your lake.

Let’s dive in to lake front properties and septic systems. Learn more at

Why is My Toilet Bubbling?

No homeowner wants to hear the unsettling sound of a bubbling toilet.

It is a clear sign that something worse is to come unless immediate action is taken. This is especially true for homeowners with septic systems.

Learn what steps should be taken at

Should You Build a Deck Over a Septic System?

For those without a nice backyard space, it’s a dream to put up a nice deck or patio.

Seems like a simple enough project, right?  Build it and enjoy.

Well, for those septic systems, don’t forget to include your system in the equation. Learn more about keeping your septic safe at

High Water Tables and Septic Systems

Septic systems are commonly used to treat and dispose of wastewater in areas where centralized sewage systems are not available. That includes many homes in the Central Florida Area.

However, one of the significant challenges homeowners face when considering septic systems and high water table. Something many Florida homeowners struggle with when it comes to installing a septic. But, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Local septic companies know how to get it done!

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Tips to Avoid Common Septic Issues

We’ve said it once, and we will say it again, preventative maintenance is key to keep your septic system happy.

Ideally, septic systems last 20-30 years.

But, not all the time. It comes down to how well you care for your system. Learn more about caring for your system at

Tips for New Septic Tank Owners

If you’ve recently moved into a home with a septic system, you may be uncertain as to what that entails.

New septic tank owners should familiarize themselves with some basic guidelines to ensure they understand their new system. Spending the time and money to maintain the system properly will ensure that it continues to work without any hiccups. Learn more and get the knowledge at 

Bad Liquids for a Septic Tank

The things you flush down the drain have a direct impact on the health of your septic tank. And many homeowners aren’t aware of all the things they shouldn’t flush — including liquids.

Common household products can be bad for your system. Avoiding those bad septic liquids can save your system, and your wallet! Learn more and get a list at

Tips for Septic Tank Inspections When Buying a Home

One of the most costly mistakes we see with prospective home buyers is not taking the time for a septic inspection when buying a home. Failing to inspect the septic system could cost you thousands in missed repairs that could have been addressed.

There are a lot of pros to owning a home with septic system, just do you homework first! Learn more about septic tank inspections at

Common Questions About Commercial Septic Systems

Infrastructure is an essential part of any commercial property. However, we often don’t think about all of the planning that goes into a new restaurant or a local park — this includes commercial septic systems.

If you already own commercial property, you are more than well aware of these requirements. However, what if this information is new for you or if you’re in the process of opening a new business? Let’s look at the things you should know about commercial septic systems.

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Signs of a Healthy Drain Field

Your septic serves an essential function of processing all the waste that comes from your home or business.

The drain field, also known as the leach field, has one of the most critical jobs. It’s performs the final cleanse and disperses the treated wastewater. A damaged drain field can’t perform its job and will push untreated water into the soil, contaminating the surrounding areas.

Luckily, with proper care, drain fields are hearty and don’t take much maintenance. Learn more at

Common Septic Questions for Home Buyers?

Home buying is a big process (especially in this market when home buyers have to move quickly when an opportunity arises). Buyers want to make sure they have found out everything about their potential home during the inspection process — including if it utilizes a septic system. And for those that have never had a septic system, that leads to some common septic questions from home buyers.

So, let’s break them down. Visit for the full list and more information.

Are Septic Systems Bad for the Environment?

The big question: “Are septic systems bad for Mother Nature?” The answer is no. Let’s dive into why septic systems have gotten a reputation for being bad for the environment over the years, even if it’s not true. Learn more at

Remodeling with a Septic System

If you’ve lived in a your home for some time, you may find yourself around wishing for a facelift. Or maybe you just bought a fixer-upper.

But before starting home renovations, think about your septic system. What special considerations need to be made? Can home projects operate like normal?

Learn more at

5 Appliances That Could Hurt Your Septic System

With the increase of high capacity appliances in the home these days, you could be hurting your septic system without even knowing.

And by the time you realize it — it could be too late.

In Lake County, Florida, we see two big things impacting the health of septic systems.

1. Unwanted Solids
2. Excessive Water Flow

The second is often due to a few main appliances or household add-ons.

But, that doesn’t mean just because you have a septic system means you can’t have certain appliances.

It all comes down to how you use them!

5 Household Appliances and Add-Ons That Can Hurt Your Septic System

1. Hot Tubs

While they don’t pose an immediate threat, hot tubs are a big issue when you have to drain the tub.

Not only does the water amount overwhelm the system. The treated and chlorinated water kills off good bacteria in the septic tank. Make sure to drain the tub outside of your septic system. And that includes in a different part of your yard than the drain field.

The less interaction — the better!

2. The Garbage Disposal

While convenient, the garbage disposal can spell trouble for your septic. After all, it’s not a garbage can.

Never dispose of grease, food waste, or chemicals down the drain.

3. The Toilet Bowl

Toilets account for 30% of household water us. That’s already a lot of water and waste to handle.

But, add in improper use, and it’s a big problem for septics.

Only flush waste and toilet paper. Never flush “flushable wipes”, paper towels, feminine products, floss, or other items.

4. The Washing Machine

One of the leasing causes of premature septic failure is washing machines. Even the energy-efficient washers use large amounts of water. But, that’s not why they wreak havoc.

It’s the dirt, lint, and chemicals. The dirt and lint build-up over time, clogging your septic system. And the chemicals kill off needed bacteria.

Make sure to use septic-safe laundry detergent. And stay on top of your septic pump-out schedule to avoid premature failure.

5. The Dishwasher

The biggest offender when it comes to dishwashers is the detergents. While you certainly want your plates cleaned and sanitized, you can do that without killing off naturally occurring bacteria in your septic tank.

When it comes to appliances and septics, we can all get along.

It comes down to limiting water usage and using septic safe products to help you avoid costly repairs.

And remember, septic tanks should be pumped every 2-5 years! Work with your septic technician to set a schedule!

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

Rental Properties and Septic Systems

When looking for a new tenant, we meticulously scrutinize credit scores, income levels, and past landlord references. Potential renters dive into home details like bedrooms, average utility costs, storage, and parking.

But no one ever talks about where the waste goes. But you should! 15% of residences in the United States rely on wells or septic systems.

So, what should you know managing the septic for your rental property? Many states put the maintenance of the septic tank onto the property owner, to keep the residence in livable condition.

Let’s go over some common questions landlords and property managers have when it comes to septic management.

Who Pays for the Septic Tank Pumping?

Done every 3-5 years, this falls on the landlord or property owner.

What Happens When Septic Problems Arise?

Like with any other property issues, tenants will contact their landlords.

From there the landlord can work with a septic technician to determine if the problems are from normal wear and tear or misuse. In the case of misuse, the landlord can require payment from the tenant.

However, this only works if the landlord previously notified the tenants of the septic system. Remember 75% of homes do not operate using a septic. So, it’s reasonable to assume tenants do not understand unique septic system requirements.

Who is in Charge of Landscaping?

Landscaping can damage the septic system.

If tenants are in charge of lawn care, make sure they are aware of where the septic system resides. And set some rules for what can and cannot be done to alter the yard.

A little maintenance and care goes a long way.

Make sure to set your tenants and yourself up for success by going over the basic septic rules.

Septic Tips for Tenants

Tenants do your homework.

When moving into a house with a septic system it’s your responsibility to stay on top of the rules. Discuss any questions or concerns with your landlord.

Setup expectations for what circumstances you’d potentially be liable for the cost of repairs.

And write it into your lease! While paper isn’t friends with your septic, it is your ally in laying out the rules and expectations.

When it comes to managing or living in a rental property with a septic system, communication is your friend.

Have questions?

Contact Advanced Septic Services of Florida today at 352-242-6100.

What to Do After a Septic Tank Pump-Out

Every septic homeowner should know the basics of maintaining their system. And that includes setting a schedule for your septic tank pump-outs. It’s an essential piece to the septic care puzzle.

Why? Any water or waste that is used in your house heads out to your septic tank.

The solid waste, or sludge, settles at the bottom of the tank. This allows the liquid to continue out through pipes to the leach field. Even though the system is very efficient, the solid waste in your septic tank will eventually build up.

A schedule pump-out removes this build-up and frees up space.

When Should I Pump My Septic Tank?

Your septic tank should be pumped every three to five years (when it reaches 30-50% capacity). Keep in mind that will vary household-to-household. Chat with your septic technician to set a schedule that fits your system’s needs.

What to Do After a Septic Tank Pumping

After your septic pump-out there are a few things you’ll want to make sure to do.

1. Get on a Schedule

Ensure that you know when your next expected pump-out day will be. Set a calendar reminder for when it gets close so you don’t forget.

2. Take Care of the System

Avoid a premature pump-out by caring for your system. Only flush waste and toilet paper, avoiding things like “flushable” wipes, feminine products, grease, and food waste. Be conscious of your water usage as not to overload your system.

3. Know the Parts of Your System

Good maintenance starts with knowledge. Make sure you know where all the different components of your septic are in your yard.

4. Check Other Possible Issues

Now is a great time to chat with your technician about any concerns you have about your system.

We Are Here to Help with Your Septic Needs! Advanced Septic Services proudly serves the Central Florida Area. Call us at 352-242-6100 for all your septic needs.

Pools and Septic Systems

If your home doesn’t have one, you may find yourself (or rather your kids) wanting to build a pool. But it takes some logistics.

And when it comes to pools and septic systems, there are few extra things to consider.

Can You Have a Pool and a Septic System?

When adding a pool, you have two options: above ground and in-ground.

Above Ground Pools and Septic Systems

An above-ground pool is a more accessible as it doesn’t take a massive construction project. But, that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear.

When adding an above ground pool it’s important to… .

..put the pool away from the septic system including the tank and the drain field
…avoid digging or leveling the ground near the septic components
…never drain the pool near the drain field

Above ground pools are great options for those low on space and with smaller budgets.

In-Ground Pools and Septic Systems

While a refreshing addition, an in-ground pool is a big undertaking.

Because it takes a full-on construction project, counties will have minimum required distances from septic systems (usually around 20 feet). You’ll need to reach out to the local county office to receive the green light and the required permits.

And it doesn’t stop there. When the project starts, it’s your job to protect your system. That includes no parking over the septic system, no flooding the yard, and no dumping pool chemicals into your system.

A pool or a hot tub can be a great addition to your Florida home. Just make sure it doesn’t interfere with your septic system. Learn more about installing a pool at

Have questions about installing a pool around your septic system? Contact Advanced Septic Services at 352-242-6100.

Lawn Treatments and Septic Systems

You may think that having a septic system means no more lawn treatments, weed killers, fertilizers, or chemicals. And would that mean the end of a green, healthy yard?

The answer is lawn treatments and septic systems can get along, as long as you do it right! Today we will focus on finding the safest treatments for your yard and how to integrate those treatments into your routine in a way that keeps your septic healthy.

How Lawn Treatments Affect Your Septic System

The main concern of using chemical treatments on your lawn is its effect on the bacteria in your septic tank.

Your septic tank consists of good bacteria, liquid waste, and solid waste. If the bacteria in your tank is unhealthy, it cannot properly do its job of disposing of solid wastes.Lawn treatments and weed killers are designed to dissolve close to the surface of your lawn, so they are not likely to make it to your underground septic system.

If properly installed, your system will be too deep to penetrate easily and all parts will be tightly sealed. But that doesn’t mean you are free to treat your lawn with anything and at any time.

It takes a bit more finesse and care than that.

3 Tips for Lawn Treatments & Septic System

1. Use Lawn Treatments Safely
2. Dispose of the Treatments Safely
3. Consider Alternative Options to Using Chemicals

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!

Your septic system doesn’t have to destroy your landscaping dreams. Lawn treatments and septic systems can get along if you follow the guidelines.

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

Tips for Saving Money on Septic Systems

A well-maintained septic system is a happy septic. And that makes you a happy septic owner.

But, that maintenance and upkeep does cost money. However, repairs cost WAY more than keeping your system happy. Here are a few tips that can save you money on your septic system down the road.

1. Get On a Schedule

Don’t wait for a problem to get your septic system serviced.

If you aren’t sure when you should get your next septic system check-up, contact your septic system company with any questions.

2. Pay Attention to Signs of Trouble

Keep an eye out for any pooling in the drain field, bad smells, and slower drains.

Do not wait for more significant, more costly problems to occur. Call your septic professionals at the first signs of trouble.

3. Keep Your Septic System Clear

Keep plants, trees, shrubs, or buildings away from your septic system.

4. Make Sure Your Septic Tank Cover has Easy Access

Suppose your septic tank hole cover is not accessible or buried. In that case, it required extra time and tools for your septic technician to find and access your system.

5. Consider What Goes Down the Drain

Be mindful of what you put down the drain. This includes chemicals as well as “do not flush” items. If you keep it just toilet paper, you’ll save money down the road.

6. When in Doubt Call a Professional

Call the professionals in the first place. Trying to handle tough clogs or repairs on your own could lead to a bigger mess.

7. Conserve Water

Too much water can lead to an overflown or imbalanced system. Conserving water keeps your system working efficiently.

The best thing you can do for saving money on septic services is maintenance.

Call Advanced Septic Services at (352) 242-6100 with any questions or to schedule an appointment. We happily provide Lake County and Central Florida with septic services!

Drano and Septic Systems

Clogs happen, and dealing with them is never fun. Most of us are likely to take the easy way out, using Drano or another type of chemical drain cleaner.
But, the truth is, Drano and septic systems don’t get along.

How Your Septic System Works

Your septic system brings waste from your house, into the septic tank, and then into your djainfield. In the septic tank, natural bacteria break down the solid waste before the liquid is pushed out of the tank.
But, Drano and other chemical agents use bleach, aluminum, and salt to break up clogs. These harsh chemicals also kill the bacteria in your septic tank.
So while the clog is gone, you now have bigger issues.

What to Use Instead of Drano

Boiling Water

This is great of minor clogs like soap buildup, grease, and sometimes hair. Boil a half-gallon of water and pour it into the drain at a steady pace.

Vinegar and Baking Soda

For more stubborn clogs, try this technique! Pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, then slowly pour a half cup of vinegar. Seal the drain for 30 minutes than pour HOT water down the drain.


If boiling water or baking soda and vinegar don’t work, break out that plunger!

Plumber’s Snake

Sometimes called an auger, you can purchase a plumber’s snake from your local home improvement store. Simply send the coil down your drain a few inches at a time. Then twist, and bring the coil back up, and stare in awe of what you have just pulled out.

Tips for Preventing Clogs

The best way to avoid using Drano is to prevent clogs in the first case. Follow Do-Not Flush Rules, including no “flushable wipes”, feminine hygiene items, grease, and coffee grounds. Use hair traps in the shower.
While a quick fix, taking care of your septic system is more important! It’s time to put down the Drano and start using alternative methods or call the professionals.
Have questions or need to schedule a septic repair? Contact Advanced Septic Services at (352) 242-6100. To learn more about Drano’s affect on your septic system, visit

Can Heavy Rain Backup My Septic System?

Can Heavy Rain Backup My Septic System?

Heavy rains, tropical storms, and hurricanes can put a lot of stress on a home septic system.

Excess water in the ground makes it hard for water to flow out of your system.

Eventually, causing backups or halting the process completely.

Before the Storm

Preparation is key.

If your system is full, have it pumped before the rainy season or storm.

Keep rain gutters clean to allow water to flow away from your yard and system.

Avoid driving or parking on the drainfield which gets wet and soft from heavy rains.

Check covers and inspection ports to ensure a tight seal.

If you’re unsure, have professionals come to inspect and go over how to prepare your system.

Riding It Out

The biggest tip is to use household water as little as possible during the storm.

This means no laundry, no dishwasher and no long showers until the storm passes.

After A Heavy Rain Storm

If you suspect damage, flooding or have a general concern for your system schedule an inspection.

Keep children and animals out of flood waters.

Not only can they be swift, they also may be contaminated with untreated sewage water.

Pay attention to any boil orders for your county and surrounding area.

Avoid heavy use for the following days to allow it to finish processing the excess water.

Be kind! Your septic system also just weathered the storm.

While we have no control over the weather, you can help by preparing your septic system.

Once the weather arrives, reduce your use to keep the stress on your septic system down.

For any questions or to schedule an inspection call Advanced Septic Services at 352.242.6100.

Septic Safe Plants & Landscaping

Septic Safe Plants & Landscaping

Everyone loves a beautiful yard.

While tree roots might wreak havoc on drainfields, certain plants and landscaping can improve efficiency and protect your septic system while also giving you that colorful and healthy landscaping you want.

Types of Septic Safe Plants

Septic safe plants are Herbaceous plants, which are short-rooted plants.

Simple grass is ideal, as it takes the least amount of work and has short roots. If you plant flowers, stick to flowering annual or perennial bulbs with short roots or wildflowers. Plants native to your area will have the best reaction with your climate, meaning less work for you and your yard. If you are not sure where to start, stop by your local garden center.

The Bad Plants

Deep roots are deadly for a septic system and drainfield as they can penetrate and clog pipelines, drainfield lines, and the tank itself. Stay away from plants that require frequent work. The less you are disrupting the soil, the better. Avoid edible food gardens near the septic system as contamination is possible. Always wear gloves when gardening near your septic system.

Surrounding Area Landscaping

While not in direct contact with your septic system, it is important to landscape the rest of your yard accordingly.

Keep all trees at least 100 feet from your home and septic tank Use barriers, natural or man made, to discourage traffic over your system. This especially applies to vehicle parking. Make it obvious! Make sure everyone in your household (and guests) knows where your septic system is and what areas to avoid. Use mulch, flowerbeds, rain gutters and drains to divert excess water from your drainfield.

Just because you have a septic system doesn’t mean your yard has to be barren and it doesn’t have to be just grass. Use with septic-safe plants to avoid the headache of a damaged system while enjoying your yard and landscaping. For more in-depth landscaping questions, contact Advanced Septic Services at 352.242.6100 or click here.

Garbage Disposals and Septic Systems

Is Using a Garbage Disposal Safe For Septic Systems?

Garbage Disposals and Septic Systems don’t always get along. It’s important to keep a few things in mind in order to keep your septic healthy.

The Garbage Disposal Isn’t a Trash Can

Many things being placed into a garbage disposal cannot be broken down by the bacteria in the septic tank. Others, like rice and macaroni, expand in size and can clog the lines before ever reaching the tank.

Get into the habit of scraping most of the leftover food on the plate or in the cooking pans right into the trash.

Don’t Overuse The Garbage Disposal

The best advice is to try to imagine the disposal is not there in the first place.

By using that disposal each day, you run the risk of having an adverse effect on the septic system, resulting in more pump outs and potential repairs.

8 Things That Should NEVER Go Down The Garbage Disposal

There are some items that should never be placed in the garbage disposal, whether you have a septic tank or not.

1) Fibrous and Stringy Foods
2) Bones, Seeds or Pits
3) Coffee Grinds
4) Oil, Fats, Grease
5) Egg Shells
6) Beans, Rice, Pasta
7) Potato Peels
8) Non-Food Items

Garbage disposals and septic systems can get along — they just need a little help. Click here to learn more.

Have questions about your septic system or need repairs? Call Advanced Septic Services of Florida at 352-242-6100.

Pets & Septic Systems

Once installed, you hope never to meet your septic system again except for scheduled maintenance routines.

But, remember that bone your dog lost last year?

Well, he found it — and the septic system. And that cat litter you flushed is now becoming an issue in the septic tank.

Pets and septic systems bring their own sets of rules and potential problems.

Pets and Septic Systems

What do pet hair, cat litter, dog shampoo and digging have in common?

None of them mix with septic systems.

But, that doesn’t mean pets and septic systems don’t mix — it just means you have to be aware of the potential problems.


Digging can hurt your septic system and your dog. If they dig too deep, they can easily access your drainfield.

Not only does this disrupt your septic systems ability to process waste successfully, but it also exposes your dog to waste before fully treated. While dogs are renown for handling (and eating) waste, this is a bit too much.

If you are unable to train your dog to stop digging, considering putting up a fence or mesh around your septic system and drainfield to keep your dog away.

Pet Shampoo & Bathing

While good enough and sensitive enough for your pets, it may not be suitable for your septic system.

Chemicals and harsh cleaners have no place in your septic tank. Including some pet shampoos. Look for pet shampoos that are septic-safe and chemical-free. If unavailable, wash your pets outside and away from your septic system.

Pet Hair

Like human hair, pet hair can quickly clog up a system, wreaking havoc and causing back-ups. This means using a hair stopper or drain strainer when giving your dog their monthly bath.

Cat Litter

It’s easy to see why people started flushing cat waste down the drain.

But, after sitting in cat litter, cat poop petrifies.

Becoming solid, cement-like as it works it’s way through your septic system, the bacteria in your septic tank will be hard-pressed to break down. Additionally, cat waste contains bacteria that your system has not met yet, further disrupting the delicate balance of the required bacteria in your septic tank.

Like flushable wipes, beware of flushable cat litter. Remember, your septic system is designed to handle and process human waste — nothing else.

Pets and septic systems don’t have to be an issue. All it takes is some knowledge and rules, and they get along great. Have questions? Contact Advanced Septic Services of Florida at 352-242-6100.

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.


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.


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 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.


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.