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Onsite Sewage and Disposal

Florida Department of Health in Seminole County Environmental Health

Application Forms

Florida Department of Health Onsite Sewage Program Forms and Publications

Operation and Maintenance
Proper operation and maintenance of the onsite system ensures efficient service and prevents repairs.


  • Inspect sludge level every year (residential) possibly more frequently if using a garbage disposal unit

  • Pump your tank every 3-5 years

  • Install an outlet filter in the septic tank (systems installed after 1998 should have one)

  • Know the general location of the system

  • Divert drainage away from the system

  • Monitor water consumption

  • Monitor disposal of cleaning products, medications, and food discards

  • Limit laundry (no more than 1 load/day)

  • Limit the use of additives

  • Use low volume plumbing fixtures

  • Routinely check plumbing fixtures for leaks


  • Allow solids to build up in the septic tank

  • Skip routinely scheduled maintenance

  • Exceed design flow of the system

  • Over saturate the drainfield area

  • Do all the laundry for the week in one day

  • Use more water than the system was designed to accommodate

  • Use kitchen garbage disposal units

  • Flush bulky paper products down the toilet

  • Allow chemicals to enter the system

  • Plant trees in the immediate area of the drainfield

  • Park cars or drive vehicles over the drainfield area

Be sure to ask us about Fast Track permitting for New, Existing and Modification Permit applications and Timed Construction Inspections.