Living in the suburbs of Fort Myers, Florida can certainly have it’s benefits including both quiet solitude and fresh air, but it can also have some downsides. One of these is the requirement of maintaining a septic system to handle your waste sewage. Owning a septic isn’t always difficult, but when it fails it can do so spectacularly. For instance, once the effluent stops draining out through the field lines it begins to push out of the first opening it finds. This may be the vent in the tank lid or around the edges of the tank’s lid. The only thing you know for sure is it’s time for septic pumping in Fort Myers, Florida.
In most cases, pumping the tank is only the beginning once it has gotten this far. You will also need to flush out the drain line from the home to ensure no waste is trapped inside. You will also need to flush out the field lines to ensure they aren’t clogged either. If the field lines are the cause of the problem you will need to have a contractor come out and lay some new lines so your septic system actually drains off the excess effluent properly.
Septic systems work by collecting any solid waste after it exits the home. This solid matter sinks to the bottom of the tank while the liquid rises. At some point the liquid will reach the field line outlet and any excess liquid will be spread out to the surrounding soil. This allows the effluent to be properly filtered and reabsorbed into the local water table. The remaining solids will be broken down by bacterial and microbial action to a certain degree.
Unfortunately, this solid matter will not break down completely and will accumulate in the bottom of the tank, slowly filling it up. This is the junk that must be removed during the typical septic pumping in Fort Myers Florida. In most cases you should have your tank pumped about every two to three years depending on how much use the septic system has. Several things can affect this schedule including the amount of clothes you wash and the types of soaps you use. Harsh chemicals can destroy the bacteria in a septic system which eliminates the microbial action and causes the tank to fill up sooner.