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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 years.

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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.

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Over the years, layers of sludge and grease build up and restricts the flow of water into the drainfield.

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 preventing buildups.

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Removing a 15" section of grease from drain line

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.

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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 right!

• 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 system.

• 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.

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Septic Tank Cleaning

A standard residential septic tank cleaning service should be done about every 3-5 years. This may vary with the number of persons using and the general age of the system.

Servicing most of Central Florida. Please call Dixie to schedule your septic tank cleaning service. (386) 738-3030 or use our contact us page.

We do prefer to schedule septic cleaning service calls at least a day or two prioir to the service if possible.

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Dixie Septic Tank, Inc.

335 N. Boundary Avenue
Deland, Florida 32720

Phone: (386) 738-3030
Fax: (386) 740-7666
Lic# SRO991327
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