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    16/01/2020 - floridasepticsewer 5 Comments
    Grease Traps: What They Are and How They Work

    For homeowners, throwing out used fats, oils, and grease (FOG) in the trash is fairly straightforward and simple. However, restaurants that use large quantities of FOG need an easy way to safely dispose of it. Grease traps are recommended for food establishments to keep the facility clean and prevent sewage issues.

    What Is a Grease Trap?

    A grease trap, also called a grease interceptor, is a tank-like device that slows the flow of grease and contains it to prevent it from entering a sewage system. Grease traps not only help keep sewage lines at the restaurant and its surrounding area clear and safe, but they also help businesses avoid backups and other plumbing problems that can contribute to foul odors and unhygienic environments for employees and guests.

    How Does It Work?

    Smaller grease traps attach to interior sinks, while larger interceptors are installed underground outside of the facility. Both types slow the flow of FOG by cooling it with water inside the trap. As the grease cools, it solidifies, allowing the water to continue flowing through into the sewage lines. FOG collects in a solid mass at the top of the tank, while heavier food particles and sediment settle at the bottom.

    How Are Grease Traps Maintained?

    Grease traps require regular maintenance to prevent buildup and clogs that can lead to more extensive, costly issues that may affect the restaurant and the surrounding residents and businesses. While smaller grease traps are often maintained by employees, large interceptors must be cleaned out on a regular, routine basis by a professional. A LICENSED SEPTIC TECHNICIAN can help restaurants determine recommended cleaning frequency based on their operations.

    Since 1982, Florida Septic & Sewer Service, Inc. has been providing food service facilities throughout the Destin, FL area with quality SEPTIC SERVICES, including grease trap installation, repair, and maintenance. Contact us today at (850) 837-7200 for a free estimate on a new system or for 24/7 emergency assistance.

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  • A closeup of several tree roots
    30/11/2019 - floridasepticsewer 4 Comments
    Chemical Vs. Mechanical Root Control

    Though homeowners and businesses appreciate the aesthetic value that greenery adds to their yards and outdoor areas, they may fail to consider the impact of large trees on their septic tanks and sewer systems. With most plant life comes deep systems of roots that, for business and homeowners, can cause unending headaches when it comes to underground pipes and lines. By mindfully managing these roots either mechanically or chemically, however, a balance between the two can be found. Learn more about chemical and mechanical root control.

    Chemical Root Control

    Chemical root control is most effective in situations of long-term root growth where roots have been difficult to get rid of. Chemical root control solutions like RootX may be used to kill roots on contact and prevent further root growth. After the solution takes effect, the dead roots simply dissolve or are washed away by the flow of the piping they previously affected. Chemical solutions also coat the pipes to help prevent future root incursions and growth. With annual treatments, other forms of root control are unlikely to be needed.

    Mechanical Root Control

    In the event that a pipe is fully clogged with root growth, it may be best to mechanically cut the roots away first. This is a somewhat risky procedure as damage can occur to the pipe and there is no guarantee the roots won’t grow back over time. Without being paired with a root control herbicide, mechanical root control is likely to be a short-term solution.

    At Florida Septic & Sewer Service, Inc., we believe in providing quick, reliable SERVICE to our customers in the Destin area. If you’ve noticed a problem with your sewer lines or septic tanks, we can diagnose the issue and provide the appropriate repairs. Additionally, we only use the best septic and sewer PRODUCTS in our work, including RootX. Call us at (850) 837-7200 or contact us online today for a free quote.

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  • An overhead view of a septic tank
    19/09/2019 - floridasepticsewer 5 Comments
    The Importance of Maintaining a Septic Tank Outlet Filter

    Septic tank outlet filters protect septic systems by filtering out liquid waste and sewage (known as effluent). Having a functioning outlet filter is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to avoid clogged drain field pipes and potential septic system failure. That’s why monitoring the outlet filters is a vital part of home maintenance.

    What Causes Outlet Filter Clogs?

    A septic tank outlet filter takes in a mixture of liquid and solid materials and then separates them from each other. Over time, some of the solid waste will stick to the filter and accumulate, causing a clog. For the septic system as a whole to function properly, the outlet filter can’t become so clogged that effluent can no longer pass through it.

    What Are the Risks of Improperly Maintaining an Outlet Filter?

    A completely clogged outlet filter can bring the entire septic system to a halt, which will lead to a sewage backup. If drains are performing poorly and making strange gurgling sounds, that’s a clear sign that it’s time to check on the septic tank and outlet filter.

    How Often Are Cleanings Needed?

    Septic tanks can generally go up to five years before they need to be pumped. It’s a good idea to have a sewage professional check and clean the septic tank’s outlet filter whenever they come by to pump the tank. Otherwise, cleaning the outlet filters is only necessary if the septic system is malfunctioning.

    Florida Septic & Sewer Service, Inc. has served residents of the Destin area for decades. We offer a range of SEWAGE SERVICES and PRODUCTS to ensure that your septic system is working properly. We’re ready to help whenever you need us, even in the middle of the night. If you need septic tank maintenance or other sewage services, fill out our online form to get a free quote today.

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  • 20/04/2017 - floridasepticsewer 2 Comments
    Site Launch

    Our new website is finally up. We’ve worked hard to get a beautiful new site ready and we’re proud to show it off. Thanks for reading our blog. We have lots of great blog posts in the works. Please check back or contact us now to find out how we can help you.

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