Lakeland, FL Septic Tanks Systems

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3. Economy Septic Systems

3655 Us Highway 17 NWinter Haven, FL 33881

(863) 299-6787

From Business: Economy Septic Is Family Owned And Operated. We Have Been Serving The Polk County And Surrounding Area Since 1993 We Are Licensed And Insured. Florida State Licen…

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All Around Septic Service Inc

18. All Around Septic Service Inc

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4019 Golf Village Loop apt 3Lakeland, FL 33809

(863) 617-3127

Fair, Honest, and Quality service at a great price. Very professional and quick to respond when you need them.

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19. Lee Kirk & Sons Septic

BBB Rating: A+

665 Old Polk City RdLakeland, FL 33809

(863) 858-6007

From Business: Whether you need a septic tank cleaning or pumping, a sump pump repair, drain field repair, or a new septic system installation, Lee Kirk & Sons Septic in Lakelan…

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20. Crotty Unlimited Inc

0 Country LnLakeland, FL 33810

(863) 293-5998
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Liberty Plumbing & Septic

21. Liberty Plumbing & Septic

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BBB Rating: A+

2860 Mine And Mill RdLakeland, FL 33801

(863) 668-9817

I'm very satisfied with the professional treatment of this company. From the first call, the immediate contact with me and the right answer to my se…

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22. Cardin's Septic Tank Service

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3048 Mount Tabor RdLakeland, FL 33810

(863) 859-2813

Was very friendly on phone. They came right away took care of our problem We are very happy with Mr Cardin .And the price was great .M y Famliy wil …

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Averett Septic Tank Co Inc.

23. Averett Septic Tank Co Inc.

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2610 Longhorn AveLakeland, FL 33801

(863) 617-7234

The technician was super nice, great guy and he went above and beyond when he came out. They have earned my patronage for as long as I'm a homeowner…

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24. Robby's Septic Tank and Plumbing Services

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BBB Rating: A+

9158 Hall RdLakeland, FL 33809

(863) 858-6293

Robby's Septic did a very professional job for me, they were accommodating in their schedule, and came when they said they would. They got right do…

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25. Averett Septic Tank Company Inc

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2901 Brooks StLakeland, FL 33803

(863) 665-1748

This is a professional and very efficient service. Very helpful and friendly employees and I would recommend them to everyone! This service cannot…

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Kirk's Septic Tank Inc

26. Kirk's Septic Tank Inc

2640 New Tampa HwyLakeland, FL 33815

(863) 686-2666

From Business: Kirk's Septic Tank Inc. of Lakeland, FloridaKirk's Septic Tank Inc. has been a long-time part of the Lakeland, Florida community. A second generation, family-owne…

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27. S & S Septic Tank

2129 W Socrum Loop RdLakeland, FL 33810

(863) 815-0742
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28. Southeastern Septic

BBB Rating: A+

Lakeland, FL 33801

(863) 668-7264

From Business: Driveways With many colors, styles, and other options to choose from, we can lay your driveway almost anywhere. Pool Decks Making your pool more than just a spot …

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29. William Dustin Septic

Lakeland, FL 33810

(863) 286-4218

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RAY THOMPSON SEPTIC

30. RAY THOMPSON SEPTIC

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BBB Rating: A+

3422 Rose RdLakeland, FL 33810

(863) 816-9728

You'll not find a company with more integrity in Lakeland. These folks were out within hours and took care of the immediate issue. All possible so…

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Robby's Septic Tank and Plumbing Services
Patty M. rated

Robby's Septic did a very professional job for me, they were accommodating in their schedule, and came when they said they would. They got right down to business, and efficiently cleaned the septic for a very reasonable price. I would gladly work with them again

Liberty Plumbing & Septic
Thomas H. rated

Made a call to them though the overnight/emergency line early Sunday morning. After not reviving the promised call back at the start of business day Monday morning we were told by the receptionist "No we didn't bother to check those and now we are booked the whole day. We will try and squeeze you in tomorrow morning"The guy finally got to the house around 215pm to replace the pump on the septic tank, which was still under warranty. We then get a bill for over $500 dollars because they billed us for 2.5 hours at $187/hr. It took him until 4pm to replace the pump, a job they have to do nearly every year which normally takes no more than 30 minutes due to VERY easy access to the septic system. We still have the invoices from each time they have done this and it should have been ~$190 to $200.After calling the office to inquire why the pump install is costing 2.5 times the normal rate we were told "Because that's the price". We complained the price was absurdly high and they said "Well we will do 350, but if you don't pay it right now we will send the guy back out to take the pump out" Mind you this is a pump we PAID FOR already all they were doing was a warranty install.Requests to speak to the owner about this obvious gouging have been ignored

Liberty Plumbing & Septic
Jp S. rated

I'm not a customer, but a victim of collateral damage caused by this company. My neighbor had their drain field replaced, and in the process the workers shoveled 5 foot high piles of dirt against my privacy fence. The result is the damage you see in my profile picture. It took 2 hours to identify the company, as there was no proper permit posted for the project. They say the fence is fine. Look at my profile picture, do you agree? Will go out of my way to NOT recommend this company.

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Milton C. rated

I'm very satisfied with the professional treatment of this company. From the first call, the immediate contact with me and the right answer to my septic tank problems. I give you the maximum rating for a job well done. I will recommend them without any hesitations.

Liberty Plumbing & Septic
Erin T. rated

Always a great job. Consistantly good service. David was very responsive and explained things clearly so we knew what to expect. I appreciate the attention to detail. Thank you!

Liberty Plumbing & Septic
Karen M. rated
Septic service

Dave was great today to fit me into his schedule. A very professional service. Dave and Matt explained everything to me and the procedure was fast. They rearranged their day to fit me in and I will recommend this company to everyone. Thanks guys. Great job.

Liberty Plumbing & Septic
mrhonest001 rated

My sewer water was backing up into the house and Liberty Plumbing & Septic suggested that they start by pumping out the septic tank, since that would be the easiest fix and the most probable cause. Matt came out and pumped the tank. He was very knowledgeable and professional. Unlike some other companies, he did not try to tell me that my drain field needed to be replaced. He checked it out and said it was fine. He also checked to be sure the pipes from the plumbing fixtures in the house were not clogged. That was easy to check by flushing the toilets and watching how fast the water came out the inlet pipe. Matt explained all sorts of things about how to maintain my system and said not to pump it for another five years. What a wonderful experience. These folks are the best. They are very honest and they know what they are doing. I highly recommend them.

Did You Know?

If you're like most people, you don't give another thought to the water that goes down the drain after washing dishes, taking a shower, or flushing the toilet. But, if you are one of the many homeowners who rely on a septic tank to dispose of your wastewater, it would be smart to give your septic system some attention every so often.

There are four main parts to your septic system:

  • A pipe from your home to the septic tank
  • The septic tank, which is where wastewater, sludge, and scum accumulate
  • The drain​ field, also known as the leech​ field, where wastewater is directed after going through the tank
  • Soil, which filters the wastewater and aids in removing bacteria and viruses from it

It's the homeowner's responsibility to make sure all four parts of your septic system are in working order. A failed septic system is costly to repair or replace, can lead to health hazards in your home and community, and may even lower property values in your neighborhood.

A Homeowner's Responsibilities

Every homeowner who uses a septic system needs to ensure it stays functional. There are three elements to maintaining the system:

  • Inspections
  • Pumping
  • Septic system failure prevention

Inspecting a Septic System

Inspections should be at least an annual task. Some systems may require more frequent inspections. A homeowner can perform these inspections on his or her own, but hiring a professional is recommended. Contractors who regularly work with these systems generally have a better idea of what to look for and can better identify problems.

To begin, locate your septic tank. If the entry point is buried and there is no map, start by looking at the direction of the outbound pipes in your basement. Follow the pipes' direction into your backyard to locate the tank. When you think you're close, insert a probe into the soil until you find the piping. Your inspector should come ready with an insulated probe to use.

You should only have to go through this process one time. Once you find the piping and the tank, sketch a map for future use. Doing so will not only benefit you and future contractors you hire, but also the next owner of the home.

When the tank is located, you or the contractor will have to dig to uncover the manhole cover to access the tank's interior. Next, test your household water systems to make sure the septic system is working properly. Flush the toilets, turn on the faucets, and run any appliances that use water, like the dishwasher or washing machine. If water drains noticeably slowly, there could be an issue in your septic system that needs immediate attention.

Once you've determined that the system is in good order, it's time to measure the sludge and scum levels. Sludge collects at the bottom of the tank and is comprised of solid wastes. Scum floats to the top of the tank and is comprised of fats and oils. Both enter the tank through the inlet tee baffle, or the pipe that directs outbound water from the home to the tank. On the opposite side of the tank is the outlet tee baffle, which directs treated water to a second compartment in the tank for further treatment, or to the drain​ field. This baffle is the marker to measure scum and sludge against.

Scum levels should be at least 3 inches above the bottom of the outlet tee baffle. Sludge levels should be no more than 1 foot below the bottom of the baffle. If either of these are closer to the bottom of the baffle than they should be, it's time to have the tank pumped.

Next, take a look at the drain​ field, tank walls, and pipes. Any cracks in the walls or pipes need to be addressed right away to prevent septic system failure. The drain​ field should not have any odd or foul smells, and the grass shouldn't be soggy or full of puddles. Uncommonly green grass is also a sign that the drain​ field isn't functioning properly.

Pumping

Pumping is usually necessary every three to five years, but it ultimately depends on the size of the tank, the number of people in the household, and the types of appliances that are used. For example, a family of six with a 1,000-gallon tank might pump every 1.5 years, but a family of three with the same size tank might pump closer to every four years. Additionally, garbage disposals fill up the septic tank more quickly and result in the need to pump more often.

A professional should always pump the tank. They will have the right equipment and expertise to know how to safely and effectively remove the sludge and scum from the tank. Additionally, the fumes that are emitted from the tank are noxious and can be dangerous if inhaled.

Always be present for the pumping process. Though the contractor will have the right education and experience to do this task properly, it's important that you oversee the project. The maintenance of your septic system is ultimately your responsibility, not the contractor's. When observing the contractor's work, make sure:

  • The contractor uses the correct point of entry - the manhole opening should be used, not the inspection ports.
  • All scum and sludge is removed - there is no reason to leave any behind.

Septic System Failure Prevention

While inspections are usually an annual task and pumping occurs two or three times per decade, prevention is something that must always be kept in mind.

Never flush or pour chemicals down the drain. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Drain openers
  • Paints
  • Household cleaning chemicals
  • Motor oils and fuels
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Cooking oils and grease
  • Pesticides and herbicides

Introducing these substances to your septic system can cause damage to the tank or piping and contaminate the groundwater in your area.

Don't flush garbage down the toilet, including:

  • Diapers
  • Rags
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Dental floss
  • Sanitary napkins or tampons
  • Cat litter
  • Cigarettes

Practice water conservation to prevent flooding your system. Though your tank can handle many gallons of water, too much water at one time can overwork the system and cause solid waste to enter the drain​ field. Some tips for water conservation include:

  • Upgrade to low-flow faucets, toilets, and showerheads.
  • Use Energy​ Star appliances that are designed to use less water.
  • Don't let the water run excessively.

Preventing septic system failure also involves keeping the drain​ field clear. Never drive or park over the drain​ field, and don't allow livestock to walk over it. Heavy equipment should also be kept away from this area.

Common Septic System Problems

In general, a septic system is safe and easy to maintain, especially if you regularly inspect and pump it. However, there may come a time when you run into a problem that needs to be addressed quickly and correctly.

Clogs

Clogs or backups are usually caused by improper or too-infrequent pumping. Your tank is completely full, and solid waste is being forced through the outlet tee baffle and clogging it. Some signs that you have a clog include:

  • Wastewater backing up in your drains in your home
  • Foul odors in your home
  • Water draining slowly

To address this problem, call a professional to clean out your tank right away.

Broken Lines or Pipes

Broken elements of your septic system need to be addressed as soon as they are spotted. A number of factors can cause baffles, lines, and pipes to break or crack, including:

  • Digging in the wrong place
  • Sulfuric acid or rust deterioration
  • Tree-root infiltration

Using a special camera, a contractor should be able to locate the crack or leak and replace the part.

To prevent pipe damage, call 811 before you begin any project that would require you to dig. A professional can detect which areas you need to stay away from. Remember, there could be more than just your septic system beneath your land - wires and cables may also run through your property.

Prevent damage due to tree roots by periodically having a professional take a look at the trees nearby and assess their risk. Don't attempt to remedy the issue yourself using chemicals like copper sulfate or by cutting down the tree. A professional will know how to solve the problem for the long term and should be knowledgeable of any local environmental regulations regarding chemicals.

Health Hazards Associated with Septic Systems

When a septic system is working properly and is adequately maintained, harmful bacteria will be removed and won't affect the groundwater, people living in the home, or neighbors. However, a septic system failure comes with health risks that are best to avoid as much as possible.

Illnesses Caused by Failed Septic Systems

Nitrates normally get filtered out before wastewater reaches the drain​ field. However, if they are still mixed in with the water exiting the septic tank and make their way into drinking water, they can lead to an illness that affects infants. Methemoglobinemia, more commonly referred to as "blue baby syndrome," reduces infants' ability to move oxygen through their blood.

Other diseases that are associated with failed septic systems include:

  • Typhoid fever
  • Dysentery
  • Hepatitis

Water Pollution Caused by Failed Septic Systems

If your septic system is near a body of water, there is a chance that harmful bacteria and viruses from a failed septic system could spread farther than your property using the local waterways. Nutrients in the wastewater can cause algae to grow much faster than normal, blocking necessary sunlight from shining into the water to support other plant and animal life. Additionally, these plants will reduce oxygen levels in the water, leaving the environment less habitable for some animal life.

Too much algae and other plant life can also reduce the ability for people to use a body of water for recreational purposes. What's more, the bacteria and viruses included in the wastewater can also cause disease in the people swimming, boating, or fishing in the water. Fish and shellfish can also become contaminated, making them harmful to eat.

How to Choose a Septic Company

Your septic system is highly important to your home, and as such, it's vital to find a good company to help you with maintenance. Before hiring anyone, do some research into the company. Look online for reviews and testimonials. Also, ask your friends, family, or colleagues who have septic systems who they work with and why.

Program Benefits and Costs

Every contractor will offer different products and programs, even though they'll generally be able to accomplish the same tasks. Be sure to read the fine print and determine what services the company includes in their different programs.

These programs will also vary in cost between different contractors. In 2016, septic tank pumping and cleaning cost anywhere from $200 to $900, with most people spending about $375. Compare and contrast pricing as well as services covered by the program you choose.

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