Concrete vs Poly Septic Tank

Which is better a concrete or poly septic tank?

Concrete septic tank Lakeland Septic Company

Much like anything, it all depends on who you ask and what their preference is. Lucky for you you came to the right place, because we are completely in the middle the great septic tank debate.

A lot of septic guys say that concrete is the only way to go and that poly is junk and blah blah. But the truth is it’s all in the quality of what they are putting in the ground and the quality of the installation.

New septic tank in Florida

Of course I can only speak on what I have experience in, and that’s installing new septic tanks in Florida. A large percent of the jobs we do are tight lots that don’t allow access for a tank truck to get in and set a concrete tank. Therefore we install a lot of poly tanks! We personally love the infiltrator tanks. They are strong and built very well. We have installed hundreds and never had a single issue with them.

Cons of a poly septic tank

Infiltrator Poly tank install Lakeland Septic Company

We use the tank you see tank you see in the picture to the right. However we have seen seen numerous bad poly tanks made by different manufacturers.

What goes wrong with poly tanks?

The biggest issue we see with them is they deform from the weight of the dirt. There are some poly septic tanks on the market that do not have bracing inside and they are made of weak material and will deform and can cause a number of problems when this happens.

That doesn’t mean that you should fear a poly tank or let anyone tell you they are junk. I’m here to tell you they aren’t any worse than a concrete tank. Have it installed by a reputable contractor and make sure it’s a good brand of tank and you have nothing to worry about at all.

Really the more I think about it I totally prefer a poly infiltrator tank over a concrete tank.

Septic inspections

Lakeland Florida Septic Inspections

While it’s not always required when you purchase a home it is very important to have a real estate septic inspection done before you buy.

Many homebuyers either do not know they have a septic system or they think it will be fine. Sometimes the sellers state that they just had the tank pumped or that they have never had issues. No matter the case, you should always have the septic system inspected by a septic professional. Know before you buy!

Why should you get a septic inspection?

Having a thorough inspection done when buying a home in Lakeland, Fl can uncover many issues that you maybe wouldn’t find for years down the road, but by then the cost is on you. Here are some problems we can find by doing an inspection.

  • Drain field issues: Specific issues such as insufficient drain field size, damage to the field, failure of the system all together. These things could all lead to you having to have the drain field replaced down the road. You want to make sue that the home you’re moving into will have a drain field suitable for your family.
  • Septic tank damage: We can detect structural damage in the tank, make sure the tank is up to current code and the correct size, and that it has a secure and safe lid.
  • Where the system is located: Knowing where the system is is important, you want to know where it is so you do not damage it in any way. This one is not only for new home buyers, this can also be a smart thing to do for your current home.

Lakeland Septic Company is qualified to perform your septic inspection and get you on the right start in your new home. We give video inspection of the drain field lines free of charge for the ultimate peace of mind. Call today to schedule your inspection.

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Drain Field Failure Signs

Having drain field trouble in Lakeland, FL?

There can be many different signs of drain field failure. Knowing what they are could prevent a huge mess and inconvenience in your life.

First let’s start off by telling you that the most effective way to keep a gauge on the way your drain field is operating is by having your septic tank cleaned every 3-5 years. Doing this will allow a septic professional to evaluate how your septic system is working and if there is anything going on that could cause a failure.

Signs of a failing drain field

  • Toilets bubbling: If your toilets suddenly start to bubble this usually means that your tank is completely full.
  • Soggy spot in your yard or around the tank
  • Having to pump your tank more often than you should is a sign of failure.

Reasons a drain field fails

There are a number of reasons a drain field might fail. The age of the system is always a key factor. The amount of water you use is also a big factor as well. If you are using more than the drain field is designed for it will eventually cause damage. Driving on the system could also cause damage to it .

If you need a drain field repair and need it evaluated call or E-mail us today.

For more information visit the Florida Department of Health here

What is a septic filter?

septic tank filter effluent filter

A septic filter prevents any particles of waste that try to pass through the tank and out to your drain field.

It is important to note that not all systems have a filter. A filter may not have been a required for your system. Therefore your tank will not have one. However you can always add one to your tank.

Where is the septic filter located

 The Filter is located inside of the outlet pipe of your septic tank. So in order to remove it you must access the outlet lid of your tank. 


What is the purpose of a septic filter

The purpose of a septic filter is to catch any solid particles that may try to exit the tank and go into your drain field. It works similarly to a filter on your home A/C. Therefore having a filter in your septic tank can help extend the life of your drain field. So a filter is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, it filters out small parts of solids to prevent them from causing issues in your drain field. 

We recommend cleaning your filter once a year to prevent any unexpected backups in your home. Unless it is damaged there is no need to replace it. You can clean the filter yourself or call us to come clean it for you. 

How often should you pump your septic tank

The state of Florida recommends having your septic tank pumped every 3-5 years. We recommend the more people living in the home the more frequent you should pump your tank. Above all you should understand that not maintaining your tank or filter could result in a very messy and costly problem.