Beverly McLauchlin | 09-06-2023
In the event you have drain field failure and need to get it repaired or replaced, you must have a permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, formerly the Florida Department of Health. In 2021, the Onsite Sewage Program was transferred from the Department of Health to the Department of Environmental Protection.
Septic tank pumping is required to obtain a repair permit. A licensed contractor must certify that the septic tank is structurally sound and has no holes or cracks. The size of the tank and type of material it is made of must be identified as well as if the tank has a baffle and a solids deflection device or outlet filter device.
If the home is having plumbing issues due to the failed drain field, septic tank pumping can also provide some relief. Until the tank fills back up, the drain field will have a chance to dry up some and the plumbing should not back up into the home. Depending on the severity of the failure and the water usage in the home, this can last for a week or so to a few months.
The best way to avoid the need for septic tank pumping to obtain a repair permit is to properly maintain your septic system.