Frequently Asked Questions
- How often should I get my tank pumped out?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends pumping every 3-5 years to keep your system operating properly.
- Do I need to put anything into my septic tank to keep it functioning properly?
There should be no need to add anything to your septic system under normal circumstances. Your body naturally produces the necessary bacteria the system needs to break waste down.
- Can I plant bushes or trees near my drain field?
Nothing should be planted over a drainfield or near a drainfield other than sod.
- My neighbor does not have an ATU system, so why do I have to have one?
Environmental Health Services issues the permits for the septic tanks in Brevard County and their regulations have changed over the years. Therefore, your neighbor who build years before you may have a traditional septic system while you are required to install an aerobic treatment unit.
- Do I need a permit to repair my drainfield?
Anyone who plans to install, repair, modify or abandon an OSTDS in Brevard County must first obtain a permit from Environmental Health Services.
- What are the common causes of a septic system failing?
- Not pumping on a regular basis.
- Overuse of water (i.e. Too many loads of laundry back to back, not sized for the amount of people using the system).
- Not maintaining the system properly.
- Roots invading the system.
- The system being driven over or parked on.