Become an advocate for regular septic system inspections and pumping


Here we go again. A group is yet again attempting to kill legislation in Florida that would improve septic systems and promote pumping. State senators moved forward with a draft bill designed to help Florida’s springs, which would promote septic tank improvements in springs areas.   

Local businesses and associations, including the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Home Builders Association are against the legislation, arguing that current regulations are enough to protect water quality. Why change what’s been done for years, right? Wrong.  

Many states require septic tanks to be pumped and inspected periodically. In Florida, however, septic tanks are out of sight and out of mind. With no rules to mandate regular septic system pumping and inspection, many homeowners don’t maintain their septic tanks until sewage flows into their lawn or backs up into their homes. They could go unchecked for 30 years. Some don’t even have a clue where their septic tank is located. 

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Come again? You know the consequences of ignoring septic tank maintenance, but if you haven’t taken a proactive approach yet, now is the time. Advocate for more rules requiring regular septic system inspections and maintenance, which promotes water-quality preservation and protects homeowners’ investments in their systems. 

The Florida debate over nitrate pollution of its sensitive springs seems never-ending. The good news? This is an opportunity for installers and pumpers to advocate for more rules requiring scheduled maintenance and septic tank pumping. 

It is our job as an industry to raise awareness with homeowners about septic tank maintenance. 

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No one likes more rules, especially homeowners faced with spending $150 to $225 every five years to get their septic tank pumped and inspected. But supporting regulations that would include scheduled inspections benefits the entire industry. Talk to your customers and your local legislators about maintenance and inspections. They will listen. 

Perhaps you have a bad taste in your mouth about increased regulations, but think long term. Mandatory septic pumping and system inspections mean more jobs for you and ultimately, more money in your pocket. 


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