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What You Need to Know About Septic Systems…

So you did it! You moved out to the country. Congratulations! And just to cut down on the time, let’s get right to it.

As Calgary plumbing and septic experts, we are here to answer some questions about our septic tank services.

What do you know about septic systems?

It’s a fact of rural life that without a municipal sewage system, country dwellers are on their own when it comes to storing and disposing of all kinds of wastes. You have a septic system to do this for you – so come on, let’s go get acquainted.

Septic Basics

Your septic system is essentially a small-scale sewage treatment system. Generally – with some variation depending on the jurisdiction – a septic system will include a tank, pumps, alarms, sand filters, and drain fields.

When everything is working correctly, any sewage generated in your home is efficiently dealt with to ensure the good health of everyone in the house as well as the environment outside it.

Your septic tank is where a lot of the nitty gritty goes down. Literally. Solids will settle to the bottom of the tank where helpful bacteria will continue the process your gut started.

A layer of scum – yes, that is the technical term – will form on the top of the tank and in the middle is a liquid that believe me, you don’t want to know better. These liquids will be filtered and then will be gradually dispersed through a drain bed where your grass can reap the rewards. That’s how it works in a nutshell.

Troubleshooting Septic Systems

Unfortunately, we can be our own worst enemies when it comes to the health of our septic systems.

Like any system, septic tanks can occasionally have issues that require troubleshooting and maintenance.

Here are some tips for diagnosing and resolving common septic tank problems.

Signs You May Have a Problem

There are a few clear signs that your septic tank may be malfunctioning:

  • Slow-draining sinks and toilets in your home. If it takes longer than usual for water to drain in your home, it could indicate a blockage or backup in the septic system.
  • Pooling water or muddy soil over the drain field. This is a sign that the soil is saturated and unable to absorb liquid from the septic tank.
  • Strong odors around the septic tank or drain field. Foul smells are a sign that waste is not being properly broken down in the septic tank.
  • Gurgling sounds from toilet bowls. Bubbling noises from drains are an indication that sewage is backing up from the septic tank.

If you notice any of these issues, it’s time to take a closer look at your septic system

Homeowners can overload systems by flushing tampons, cotton swabs and inorganic debris like cigarette butts down the toilet. Oils and grease are tough to break down and can make for a smelly situation.

There are a few things that should never – never never! – get sucked into your septic.

They include:

•    Bleach
•    Lye
•    Pesticides
•    Herbicides
•    Even small amounts of silver nitrate, found in some medications, will kill an entire culture of septic bacteria
•    Cat litter
•    Coffee grounds
•    Diapers, Kleenex, condoms etc.

And for homeowners concerned about Spring flooding, here are a few pointers and guidelines provided by the provincial government. Be informed!

Proper Care for your Septic System

The first consideration for your septic is selecting the proper system for your home and needs.

There are many different installers out there. Make sure you call around to ensure that you are getting accurate information and a fair quote.

There are many factors to consider, including the size of your home, the number of bums in it, the site the house will be built on, and what, if any, water treatment you may want to incorporate into the system.

Secondly, you have to stay on top of the maintenance. Over time, that tank is going to fill up and the solids will need to be removed.

This is NOT a job you can do yourself. NEVER open your septic tank. Over time, gases build in your septic tank and some of these are toxic and can kill. Professional septic companies have the skills and experience to empty tanks safely and efficiently. If you want some reputable names, get in touch and we’ll let you know.

Ensuring your Septic’s Good Health

Aside from taking care not to flush any of the no-nos mentioned above, you can also take some steps to help keep your septic system in tip-top condition.

Things like:

•    Consider installing low-flow toilets
•    Make sure your laundry loads are appropriate to the volume of water being used
•    Keep heavy items off the septic tank – no play structures!
•    Don’t plant trees too close to septic tanks or lines – the roots wreak havoc. Don’t do it!
•    Keep showers short and use a water-saving showerhead
•    Empty the tank! Anywhere between one and five years, depending on the tank’s size and the number of people in the house.
•    Think carefully before installing an under-sink garbage disposal. There are implications to how often you’ll need to empty that tank.

Use Instant for your septic tank needs!

For over 50 years, Instant Plumbing & Heating has been Calgary’s trusted source for septic tank services.

Our experienced, licensed technicians have the expertise to handle all your septic needs – from new installation to emergency repairs.

We utilize state-of-the-art equipment to accurately diagnose and fix any issues with minimal disruption to your property. Customers choose us for our prompt response times, upfront pricing, and dedication to finding septic solutions that fit your budget.

We handle all permits and inspections, providing end-to-end service with the highest quality workmanship. Whether you need routine septic pumping or a full system overhaul, you can count on Instant Plumbing & Heating for reliable septic tank services in Calgary.

The key points highlighted are:

  • 50+ years of experience as a trusted local company
  • Licensed, expert technicians
  • Use of modern diagnostic equipment
  • Prompt emergency response
  • Upfront, affordable pricing
  • Full-service offerings including permits
  • High-quality work and customer service

With the proper care and maintenance, your septic tank can last a long time. Water saving strategies are a big part of what we do at Instant Plumbing, and we’d be happy to come out to your property and walk you through your options. Give us a call!

George Pinel
George Pinel

Master Plumber

I have been involved in this family owned business for 33 years now.

It has always been and will continue to be the core focus of Instant Plumbing & Heating to provide a long lasting relationship with our customers based on trust and integrity of our service and products.

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