In the nearly 40 years that we have been pumping, repairing, installing and inspecting septic systems, we have gained a lot of experience on the complex water quality issues in Southwest Florida. So often, poorly maintained septic systems are scapegoated as the core issue when in reality the situation is much more complex. From illegal…

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.

When it comes to your septic system, the fewer chemicals that you put down your drains the better it is for your system. Despite common misconceptions that tanks need additives or chemicals to help keep things clean, the fact is that chemicals can be detrimental to septic systems, disrupting the natural biological breakdown of your wastewater by eliminating important bacteria.

Septic systems are incredibly efficient and can also be a great way to decrease your carbon footprint.

While your family may have enjoyed some of the events happening throughout Southwest Florida, we want to stress the importance of living consciously every day. Septic systems and effective water management are a great start in living greener.

Septic inspections are no longer requires during a home sale, but can save both the buyer and seller money and headaches down the road.

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