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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are Septic Systems?
  2. How do Septic Systems in Jacksonville Work?
  3. What are the Components of a Private Septic System?
  4. Why do Septic Systems Fail?
  5. How Long Should a Septic System Last?
  6. What Are The Signs of a Failing Septic System?
  7. What Should I Expect If I Plan on Repairing, Installing, or Replacing A Septic System?
  8. What Should I Expect From A Good Septic System Inpector?
  9. How Deep Is My Septic System? How Far Is It From The House?
  10. Can I Try To Repair My Own Septic System?

Question: What are Septic Systems?

Answer:

Septic systems of Duval County are considered to be on-site systems designed to safely dispose of biological sanitary waste.

Question: How do Septic Systems in Jacksonville Work?

Answer:

A septic system provides a “holding are” where natural bacterial action decomposes human waste products into environmentally acceptable components. The major components involved in the decomposition is water, mixed with some other components that are not readily consumed by the bacterial action, gases, and undigested solids. The end products, except the undigested solids, are then discharged into the environment of Duval County.

Question: What are the Components of a Private Septic System?

Answer:

Part of the septic system that are obvious are items such as sinks, toilets, and all other pipes in the house. Some parts of the system that are less obvious are those that are found underground such as the septic tank, the distribution box, and the leach field. Bacterial action takes place in the septic tank where the end products are mainly water, gases, and undigested material, called sludge that sinks to the bottom of the tank and scum that floats to the top of the tank.

Question: Why do Septic Systems Fail?

Answer:

1. Poor Soil Conditions and Septic System Failures

2. Soil Clogging and Septic System Failures

3. High Water Table and Septic System Failures

4. Roots and Clogging of Septic System Failures

5. Physical Damage to Septic System Components Causing Septic Failures

Question: How Long Should a Septic System Last?

Answer:

You can expect a conventional septic system in Duval County to last about 30 years. Some systems last much longer and some systems can fail earlier for reasons like those noted above. Other things within the home itself can also affect the life of a septic system.

Question: What Are The Signs of a Failing Septic System?

Answer:

Some major signs of a failing septic system are sewer and drain cleaning, odor, wet spots, surfacing sewage, or lush green vegetation near the drain field area. Some other signs are plumbing or septic tank backups, slow-draining fixtures and loud gurgling noises coming from your plumbing system.

Question: What Should I Expect If I Plan on Repairing, Installing, or Replacing A Septic System?

Answer:

There are two major factors involved in adding a new system or repairing or replacing an existing one. The first major factor is the cost and the second is the inconvenience of not being able to use the existing system while a replacement system is being installed.

Repair or replacement costs can vary greatly depending on exactly what needs to be repaired or replaced. The least expensive repair will be associated with a broken pipe between the distribution box and the house that can run you a few hundred dollars. If only the septic tank needs to be replaced you can expect to pay between $1,500 and $2,500. If a new leach field is needed and there is room for the installation, the work can range anywhere between $2,000 and $3,000. However, if there is not enough room for a new leach field and a completely new system must be installed to your Florida home the effort can easily extend $10,000.

Question: What Should I Expect From A Good Septic System Inpector?

Answer:

You want to make sure that you hire a septic system inspector that will locate every single component of your system and inspects them all. If you hire an inspector in Duval County that comes out to your Jacksonville home and simply walks around the property and flushes a dye pack down your toilet you should be weary and contact us immediately.

Our inspectors will do a proper inspection and will run water into the tank from your house and will look into each opening of the septic tanks to ensure everything is okay with the system and it is not showing signs of backup or failure as we measure the depth of the layer of scum and sludge.

Our inspector will also locate and open your distribution box to ensure each tile line is receiving the same amount of effluent, and we will make sure they are all draining properly and if solids have been allowed to escape the tank. Finally, our certified septic inspector will dig down into the drain lines to make sure they look good and are in perfect condition.

Question: How Deep Is My Septic System? How Far Is It From The House?

Answer:

Every Duval County septic system is different and how deep and how far away from the house will vary with each home. Everything matters- yard layout, soils, slopes of the ground and much more. You must contact Duval County to determine all of these factors.

Question: Can I Try To Repair My Own Septic System?

Answer:

In Duval County it is illegal to repair your own system. The Duval County Health Department will regulate system requirements so it is best to check with them before beginning any septic tank repairs.

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