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Rainwater runoff from your home also goes through wastewater facilities. How can you help control the water quality in Southwest Florida so that you don’t impact wildlife? Here are just a few tips:

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For many, many years I have been discussing municipal wastewater facilities, with a focus around water quality issues and how they discharge the wastewater once it is treated. The irony facing those that are complaining about the Lake Okeechobee discharges is that the DEP themselves allow the more than 2,000 permitted wastewater facilities in the state of Florida to dump partially treated wastewater (known as effluent) into our waterways and into the ground via deep well injection. More than 960 million gallons per day goes into our rivers, springs and into deep well injection that claim to be more environmentally friendly.

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Crews Environmental has been doing septic system work in this area for more than 30 years. In that time we’ve learned a lot about what to do and what not to do. It’s important to us that our customers be educated on the process that we use to troubleshoot, diagnose, survey and plan new septic system installations or drainfield repairs. The process has been refined over the years and while it might be surprising to some, we do not give written septic system installation estimates without a permit from the Department of Health. This is for good reason and we’ll go into that reason in more detail in this blog.

Crews Environmental has been doing septic system work in this area for more than 30 years. In that time we’ve learned a lot about what to do and what not to do. It’s important to us that our customers be educated on the process that we use to troubleshoot, diagnose, survey and plan new septic system installations or drainfield repairs. The process has been refined over the years and while it might be surprising to some, we do not give written septic system installation estimates without a permit from the Department of Health.

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While septic systems only have to be pumped out every 3-5 years, maintaining your septic system properly requires a change in the way you approach things like water use, waste and household products. Here are a few things you should consider making changes with in the new year as septic system resolutions:

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It is recommended that you schedule a grease trap cleaning at least every 90s days depending on water usage, hours of operation and size of grease traps, which all play a role in the frequency of service. The EPA requires that your trap remain functional and clean. If you’ve been putting off your cleaning, here are a few signs it’s time to schedule your grease trap cleaning:

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When it comes to septic system installation in Southwest Florida, it’s important to get soil testing completed to ensure that your soil can properly filter the effluent that will be filtered through it via your drainfield. Soil testing in Florida is done prior to permitting to ensure that your soil is properly suited for optimal drainage. The soil that surrounds your drainfield supplies the final purification and disposal of the septic tank effluent.

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When tree roots start going into your drainfield it can cause serious issues with backups, poor drainage and even require repairs. While there are a number of things you can do to prevent tree and plant roots from infiltrating your drainfield – you also need to know what signs to look for. Here are a few symptoms that are indicators that tree roots have grown into your drainfield:

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