On-site Sewage Treatment and Disposal (OSTDS) or septic systems throughout Florida include the tank, drain field, filters, pipes, and soil. Properly maintaining all parts is vital for a healthy system.

Here are just a few reasons why you should have your septic tank pumped and the system inspected on a regular basis

Cost Savings

When something goes wrong with your septic system, whether it is a failing drain field or waste water backing up into the bathtub, it will take much more than just pumping the tank to fix it.  Replacing parts and doing repairs can quickly add up, becoming a high dollar expense.  Routine maintenance and regular septic tank pumping is the easiest way to save money and avoid frustrating problems. Don’t worry, calling the professionals at Orlando Septic Services means you won’t have to break the bank!

Greater Efficiency

The septic system is a delicate structure, whose components are mostly underground. It needs to operate at maximum performance to do its job safely and efficiently.  After all, you depend on it every day! An inspection ensures everything is working properly, including the drain field, supply lines, pump, filters, and tank. It is a small price to pay for peace of mind you and your family are safe.

Avoid Backups

If you’ve every had waste water back up into your bathtub or found smelly puddles over your drain field, you never want it to happen again. Waste water carries viruses and bacteria that are very dangerous.

How should the OSTDS be Maintained?

The University of Florida IFAS Extension, Handbook of Florida Water Regulation: Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal, explains: 

The owner of the property is responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the system. It is important to note that the OSTDS must be operated under the terms of the rule and construction permit under which it was approved. 

The owner may not make any changes to the structure/system or increase sewage flow without approval from the local health department. 

Under FDOH rules, the owner should have the level of the tank checked a minimum of once every three years by a licensed septic tank contractor. 

A licensed contractor should also perform any necessary maintenance to the system.

If garbage grinders or commercial sewage are being discharged into a tank, the owner needs to have the system inspected by a licensed septic tank contractor or plumber once a year. 

Both the statute and the rules prohibit the use of organic chemical solvents, toxic or hazardous chemicals, or petroleum products to degrease or de-clog the system. 

A licensed contractor must be issued an annual service permit prior to the removal of septage from any OSTDS.