November 7, 2007

Marco Island Septic Systems 101

Marco Island is an Island Paradise that many call home. There is currently there are home converting from private septic systems to the public sewer system on Marco Island. For more information regarding the Septic Tank Replacement Program at the City of Marco Island website. There is a conversion time line for the city. Many people on Marco Island have existing septic systems.

Here are some basics that everyone who has a septic tank or thinking of purchasing a home with a septic tank should know:

First off there are several thing that you should not flush into your septic tank:

  • coffee grinds
  • dental floss
  • antibiotics
  • disposable diapers
  • kitty litter
  • sanitary napkins or tampons
  • cigarette butts
  • condoms
  • fats, grease or oil
  • paper towels
  • paints, varnishes, thinners
  • photographic solutions, pesticides, or waste oils

Your septic system should be maintained regularly. Repairs can costs thousands of dollars while periodic inspection and pumping costs a couple hundred dollars. Having regular maintenance and good records will make selling your home later easier. Inspections should happen between 3-5 years dependent on the usage at your home. Pumping your Marco Island septic tank is probably the most important thing you can do to ensure it operates properly.

Some things that you should not do around your septic system:

  • Don't drive over your tank or cover with a hard surface such as concrete or asphalt.
  • Only plant grass above your drain field. Roots from trees and shrubs can clog and damage the drain lines.
  • Garbage disposals increase solids and increase the need for pumping
  • Never enter a septic tank -- toxic gases can kill

Septic Tank Inspection Companies in Collier County:

  • Able Home Inspections
  • Dixie Drainfields (239) 455-3795
  • A Better Septic Systems (239) 693-6345
  • E & F Septic Tank (239) 353-1075
  • Busy Bee Septic (239) 530-4545
  • A Better Septic System Inc. (239) 693-6345

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