More Blog Posts on Similar Subjects:

  1. What’s the powdery crust on the pipe connections at the water heater?

  2. Where’s the septic tank? Are you going to inspect it?

  3. Why is my water heater making strange (rumbling, gurgling, knocking or banging) noises?

  4. Do you check the plumbing under the floor slab?

  5. How often should I pump out the septic tank?

  6. How can I locate my septic tank?

  7. Should I call a plumber or septic tank contractor when my septic tank backs up into the house?

  8. How do I get rid of the sewer gas smell in my house?

  9. What is well pump “short cycling”?

  10. Should I call a plumber or septic tank contractor when my septic tank backs up into the house?

  11. This home has galvanized water pipe. Is that a problem?

  12. What’s the flip-up handle on the water heater for?

  13. How come the water has a rotten-egg smell in some empty houses?

  14. My well water test came back positive for bacteria. What should I do?

  15. How old is that water heater?

  16. Do you test the well water?

  17. What is the difference between a regular water heater and a power vent water heater?

  18. What is a grinder pump?

  19. What are the minimum clearances around a toilet?

  20. What is a heat pump water heater?

  21. Why can’t PVC pipe be used for water pipe inside a house?

  22. What is the average life expectancy of PVC pipe?

  23. Why is a European-style bottle trap not approved by the plumbing codes in the U.S.?

  24. What is the average life expectancy of CPVC pipe?

  25. What is an FVIR water heater?

  26. Why is a backflow preventer required on lawn sprinkler systems?

  27. Should I seal the washing machine drain hose to the standpipe?

  28. How can I tell if a house is connected to a septic tank or sewer?

  29. Why is there water in my water heater drain pan?

  30. What is a sediment trap or dirt leg?

  31. My spa tub stopped working. What’s wrong?

  32. Which plumbing fixtures require water shut off valves in a home?

  33. What is the minimum and maximum slope of the trap arm of a plumbing drain?

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   The minimum size septic tank for a new house is 900 gallons, and is sufficient for a one, two or three-bedroom home up to 2,250 square feet. A four-bedroom home up to 3,300 square feet requires a 1050 gallon size. And, after that, an additional bedroom or 750 more square feet would require a jump to the next size tank of 1200 gallons, then 1350, 1500, and on up.

   For more information about home septic systems in Florida, we suggest downloading the report “Your Home Septic System,” by the University of Florida IFAS Extension, below.


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