A septic tank system consists of a large, watertight tank that receives wastewater from the home plumbing system. The tank is followed by an underground drainfield consisting of a network of perforated pipe or chambers for distributing partially treated water from the septic tank to the soil for final treatment and disposal.
Septic tanks contain bacteria that grow best in oxygen-poor conditions. These bacteria carry out a portion of the treatment process by converting most solids into liquids and gases. Bacteria that require oxygen thrive in the drainfield and complete the treatment process begun in the septic tank. If the septic tank is working well, the wastewater which flows out of the tank is relatively clear, although it still has an odor and may carry disease organisms. It should flow only into the drainfield. Never onto the ground surface or into Florida waters.
You may be facing a drainfield failure.
Your septic issues may be beyond a full tank issue. The drainfield is an underground system of soil, gravel and bacteria that filters the waste liquids before they enter back into the water cycle through groundwater. You may simply have a broken pipe, but in the worst case, you could have a total drainfield failure. The process of installing a new drainfield requires a permit and involves excavating the old drainfield or if there is room, placing a new system beside the old system. Drainfields can last a very long time, but there are several factors that can age a system quicker. For example, the amount of people regularly using your system might be higher than the what was originally intended. Other problems could be the oversaturation of the soil around the system, improper maintenance of the tank and/or filter, and the roots from nearby trees can disrupt the drainfield. All of these issues could cause your system to experience problems.
Call 352-787-5435 to learn more about possible drainfield issues!