Septic Tank Cleaning
Dixie Septic Tank cleaning services serving
Central Florida including Volusia County, Lake
County, Seminole County, Flagler County, Orange
County and Putnam County. We are experts at
septic tank pump-out cleaning and waste removal.
We look at septic tank cleaning as similar
to changing the oil in your vehicle. It must
be done on a regular rotation basis. If you
want your vehicle to give thousands of miles
of trouble free service you change the oil regularly.
This holds true for your septic system. A septic
tank clean out should be performed every 3-5
Septic Tank Cleaning &
Septic Tank Waste Removal
Everything from your house, sinks, laundry, showers,
toilets, cleaning solutions and all other inside faucets
empty water into the septic tank. In the septic tank
many wonderful things happen, bacteria forms and begins
eating these items and turns them into sludge and
they settle in the bottom of the tank. Water moves
into the second compartment and then leaves by a system
of pipes to the drainfield. Many times a layer of
grease and scum will float to the top of the septic
tank in the first compartment.
Septic Tank Cleaning
Over the years, layers of sludge and grease
build up and restricts the flow of water into
Sometimes the grease and scum
migrate over to the second water compartment
and escape into the drainfield. This normally
happens when this layer is very thick.
This can clog up the drain
field and over time, you have to replace it.
Our septic tank cleaning service assists in
Removing a 15" section of grease from drain
Septic Tank Cleaning
We literally have seen lavers of scum and
grease 12” or more thick in septic tanks
that have not been pumped in many, many years.
This kills the bacteria growing in the tank
and restricts the operation of the tank. There
must be close to 8-12” inches of air above
the residue in the first compartment for everything
to work properly. Without this in a tank the
hydraulics of water moving over to the second
compartment and then out into the drainfield
is greatly impacted.
This accomplishes a number of good things.
First, it eliminates the scum and grease and then
it eliminates the sludge on the bottom of your septic
tank. It also eliminates all of the bad bacteria that
could not do its thing in the tank. Your tank is no
longer bloated. It feels relieved and is ready to
go back to work. It also gives the drainfield a chance
to rest because water is no longer flowing into it.
The drainfield and tank are on vacation for a few
days. The drainfield needs an opportunity to dry out
and reconstitute itself. This vacation could last
between 5-10 days depending on the amount of water
you use. The tank begins to fill up and after a week
or so the water begins to flow back into the drainfield.
During this time new bacteria begins to go to work
in the tank and the cycle starts all over again for
another 3-5 years.
• A word of caution here: Under no circumstances
should you put the following items down the drain
or down the toilet. THE SEPTIC TANK LIKES FOOD THAT
HAS BEEN THROUGH OUR SYSTEM FIRST. I do not want to
see any toys, are your kids missing any “Hot
Wheels” or teddy bears? I do not want to see
any Sanitary Napkin containers, Condoms, Cigarette
butts, Paper towels, We have actually pumped-out a
whole beach towel, don’t ask me how it got through
all of the pipes, I do not know but it was there.
You should select a type of Toilet Paper that dissolves
in water rather quickly. There is a very simple test
you can conduct. Take a few sections of toilet paper
and put it in a clear glass of water. Put your hand
on the top and shake vigorously and then let it set
for a few minutes. If it begins to break up easily
that is a good thing. Many kinds of toilet paper contain
lanolin and other softeners and they do not break
up well. You see many of these advertised on TV, beware
of the fact if they don’t dissolve quickly they
tend to clog up the tank.
Do not flush out dated medicine down the drain, this
is covered in the Do’s and Don’ts section.
Do not flush last weeks left over food from the refrigerator
or any other raw food down the drain. Remember The
septic tank likes food that has been through our system
first. Use your garbage disposal very sparingly. The
septic tank does not like raw food.
• Additives: Oh how we see homeowners married
to using additives. Please do not use any kind of
additives, it is not necessary. Our natural body waste
creates the correct type of bacteria to do its thing
in the tank. It only makes those who sell it rich.
Please read our Do’s and Don’ts in another
section of this web site. Save the money you spend
on additives and use it for the next pump-out.
Back to septic tank cleaning : All
dual compartment septic tanks should be cleaned out
from the inlet end of the tank. That is the end closest
to the house. Why are we different, many pumpers will
charge extra to pump out the other compartment. In
reality when you pump from the inlet t side the water
in the second compartment flows back into the inlet
side. The baffles in these tanks are not water tight.
So if they charged you to pump the other compartment,
you just got ripped off.
On many single compartment tanks you can pump from
either end, however it is better to pump from the
inlet end, because that is where the solids have a
tendency to collect. It also gives us an opportunity
to inspect the inlet line from the house.
The septic tank should be pumped down empty. We have
heard many pumpers say they want to leave some water
in the tank to start the process all over again. This
is just a rip off. Why? because when they have to
empty the pump truck they are charged for the amount
of gallons in the truck. If they left one to two hundred
gallons in each tank, they can get more pump-outs
on their truck. Septic tank cleaning should be bone
• Cleaning up after themselves: We have uncovered
hundreds of tanks that had a plastic garbage bag over
the manhole then covered with dirt or sod. The manhole
must be sealed after pumping. This keeps sand, dirt,
leaves, and roots from getting into in the tank. If
possible try and be there when they pump, and the
pumper company should ask you to flush the toilets
to make sure there is no blockage between the house
and the septic tank.
• In order for us to do the job right: We must
have access to your yard. Since most pumpers have
in the neighborhood of around 100 feet of pipe, and
some septic tanks are in the back yard once in a while
we may have to drive on your driveway. This could
create problems with your concrete driveway. we do
not have a super big truck. With our smaller truck
we have less of an impact on your property, but without
access we can’t do the job correctly.
• Getting a receipt: Many companies do not
mark on the receipt what size tank or how many gallons
capacity it is. You should ask for and get this information,
even if you just write it on the receipt yourself.
• We also pump grease traps: There is an extra
charge to pump grease traps, because the receiving
stations charge us more to dump grease at their locations.
Unfortunately we have seen grease traps that were
packed completely full. Grease traps from restaurants
and etc. receive grease first before going into the
septic tank. If the grease trap is packed completely
full water in the grease trap cannot move from there
to the septic tank, and if grease gets loose and moves
in the septic tank, it will wreak havoc on the whole
• You should perform a septic tank cleaning
every 3-5 years without fail. It is not unusual to
hear from some customers who say they haven’t
had their septic tank cleaned in 10-20 years. They
are only doing themselves harm, and in most case cutting
the life of the drainfield is shortened. Septic tank
cleaning every 3-5 years is normal maintenance.