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Frequently asked questions
When Do You Need A Septic System?
When building in the country away from sewer mains and public utilities you need an alternative to manage your wastewater. A Septic System is an underground wastewater treatment structure designed and built to handle your wastewater. They are absolutely necessary in rural areas. This method of wastewater treatment is a combination of nature and innovation. A successful septic system requires a septic tank and a properly designed soil treatment component.
Do septic tanks require regular cleaning and/or pumping?
Yes. Septic tanks do require regular cleaning and pumping in order to prevent failure of the septic system. A septic tank that is too full does not have enough "storage space" and does not allow for the correct amount of time for the solids within the septic tank to be properly digested by the microorganisms prior to being released into the dosing chamber and out into your field. This can result in suspended solids and organic material being released into your septic field which will, in time, clog up the soil and cause the failure of your system.
How can I tell when I need to have the septic tank cleaned/pumped?
Should I be using septic tank additives?
Are there any special requirements if I have a disposal field?
Immediately repair any leaking taps, showers or toilets
Install water saver taps and showers, dual flush or water saver toilets
Have shorter showers rather than baths Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
Wash full loads of clothing
Limit dishwasher use to full loads
How do I know if my existing septic system is treating sewage effectively?
If you are new to a property or if you have had your septic system for a good number of years, it is beneficial to have your system evaluated in order to determine what type of tank and field you have and whether this system is meeting your needs. Environmentally, a properly functioning septic system is very important to ensure because, in addition to sewage disposal, it also treats the wastewater prior to it being released into the environment, groundwater systems and nearby wells. If your property has acquired more occupants then there will be increased demand on the system due to increased waste, showers, washing etc. The original system may not have been designed to accommodate this added use. This may also be the case if you have moved to an older property where your needs exceed those of the previous occupants.
A properly designed septic system protects the environment from contamination while providing an efficient and cost effective method for sewage and wastewater treatment. Regular cleaning and maintenance of your septic system will ensure its efficient operation and long life. If use increases, be aware of overloading the system and take precautions via water conservation methods, more frequent maintenance and cleaning or a system upgrade. For further information, view the Alberta Private Sewage Codes and Standards.
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