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Septic System Care for Florida Vacation Homes

Septic System Care for Florida Vacation Homes

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With its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and endless sunshine, it’s no wonder people flock to Florida for their getaways. Many even purchase a vacation home. However, if your Florida vacation home relies on a septic system, you should know that maintaining it requires a bit more care than the average homeowner might be used to.

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In this brief article brought to you by Septic Blue of Lakeland, we offer the 101 on septic system care for Florida vacation homes. If you’re looking for a reputable and established septic company in the area, you can call Septic Blue to schedule a flexible appointment today.

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Understanding your septic system

First, let’s get familiar with the basics. A septic system is an underground wastewater treatment structure typically used in rural or off-grid areas without centralized sewer systems. It consists of two main components: a septic tank and a drain field.

How does it work? In the simplest terms: Wastewater flows from your home into the septic tank, where solids settle to the bottom for treatment and storage, and liquids pass through to the drain field for further treatment.

Dos and Don’ts with septic systems

  • DO opt for natural or septic-safe cleaning products.
  • DO spread out your water usage.
  • DO use se septic-safe toilet paper and biodegradable products. These items break down more easily and help maintain the health of your septic system.
  • DO Install water-saving fixtures and appliances, such as low-flow toilets and showerheads, to reduce the amount of water entering the system.
  • DON’T do multiple loads of laundry back-to-back as you run the dishwasher and jump in the shower. In short, don’t overload the system.
  • DON’T flush non-biodegradable items like wet wipes, hygiene products, or paper towels. These can clog the system and lead to costly repairs.
  • DON’T use harsh chemicals, because they can kill the beneficial bacteria in your septic tank that are essential for breaking down waste.
  • DON’T park or drive over, or install structures on or around the septic system.

Understand your septic maintenance responsibilities

Professional inspections once every year or two set the foundation for your septic system maintenance. They can check for any issues and ensure everything is functioning correctly. Then, there’s septic tank pumping and cleaning.

Pumping is simple job of vacuuming out excess waste in the septic tank. It involves specialized vacuum trucks, but the goal is simple: to make room in the septic tank.

While septic tank cleaning is often used interchangeably with septic pumping, these two services are not the same! Cleaning is a more comprehensive job which involves pumping the tank as well as hosing it down to remove stubborn gunk and clog risks.

Septic Blue is a full-service septic company

Whether you need a brand new septic tank installation or urgent septic pumping for an existing unit, the uniformed professionals at Septic Blue are ready, willing, and able to help. Septic Blue is an established and insured business with a commitment to delivering affordable, reliable, and quality service. Call or message Septic Blue to speak with a member of our team today.

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