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What Makes For Good Maintenance Of Your Septic System

Posted on: August 19th, 2016 by admin

Maintenance is key when you have a septic system to take care of! Even though maintenance can be overlooked most of the time, it is the number one way to help prevent repairs. A well maintained septic system is a happy system and one that won’t require large repairs with hefty costs attached.
 
There are certain key components that are part of a good maintenance check up on septic systems. These steps are exactly what we at Septic Expert can do for you to make you won’t be surprised with a failing system one day. The list below includes the steps that need to happen to make sure your septic system to doing it’s job.

  • Perform a visual and odour examination for all the components of your system, not just one. We need to make sure that everything is working properly, not just one thing!
  • Removal and cleaning of effluent filter. This filter prevents solids from plugging up the drain field but they do need to be cleaned frequently to prevent backups happening in the home.
  • Cleaning or replacing air filters. Filters in the air compressors should be replaced at least once a year.
  • A test run should be performed on sewage pumps and floats as well as performing a load test on all pumps. This gives you the life expectancy of the pump and allows you to budget for a replacement when it’s needed. This way you can avoid expensive surprises!
  • Determine if tanks/components need pumping, this is your real money saver. If pumping is done too late it can risk damage to your drain field – which can be an extremely expensive mistake.
  • A visual inspection of your septic field is also crucial to check for ponding and any other trouble indicators.
  • Checking your alarm and panel function is also an important part of the maintenance process, this is where we find out if there has been any trouble since our last visit.


There can be a lot of steps to maintaining your septic system so it can be easy to get overwhelmed. That’s where Septic Expert comes in, get in touch with us and schedule some maintenance to help prevent any future surprise repairs! 
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Budgeting for your Septic System

Posted on: June 21st, 2016 by admin

Whether you are rebuilding or building from scratch it’s important to keep a budget in mind for your septic field. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that the larger the house and smaller the lot, the higher the cost. The opposite can also be true: the smaller the house and larger the lot, the lower the price. 
 
 
Septic Expert typically has four price ranges. The first being for a simple type one system, these systems do not require a pump of any kind. Even though they are the lowest in price, they tend to be the most difficult to design and can range anywhere from $8,000 to $14,000. After homes reach a certain size there are regulations in place that prevent us from installing them, on a large lot they usually are not an option.




A single pump system is in the second price category and these can range anywhere from $15,000 to $25,000. The need for an effluent pump cause an immediate jump in the price as there will now be a second tank needed. Single pump system are typically more time consuming to install as they require a completely different piping network.


The next price range is for sand mounds. In the Fraser Valley these are the most typical systems as the majority of lots are built without the flood plain or in poor soil. These systems can range from anywhere between $15,000 to $30,000, depending on the size of lot and home.



The last price category is for large homes built on small lots, properties with steep slopes, difficult access, multiple creek or any other tough obstacles. Septic Expert can build systems for almost any kind of property but they can be challenging or expensive, sometimes both! Septic systems in this price category will range typically from anywhere between $20,000 to $35,000. If you would like to read some more information on the types of systems you can find that here.




In cases of emergencies Septic Expert does offer financing to help with the sometimes large costs of fixing your septic field. Financing can range anywhere from $200 to $250 a month, with no penalty or interest. However these figures are only loose estimates and your payments will vary depending on the size and complexity of your system. More information on how financing works can be found here


As you can see the price of your septic system will vary greatly depending on a number of different factors. The best thing to do to budget for your septic system is to let us put together a quote for you! This will allow you to understand exactly what the costs will be and will allow us to explain to you exactly what you are paying for. Every septic system is unique, just as every customer is unique and we want to find the best solution for you. 
 
A more detailed post about septic system pricing can also be found here.
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Fraser Valley Septic Systems

Posted on: January 15th, 2015 by admin

The Fraser Valley of British Columbia has topography that makes it very challenging to design and install a septic system.

One thing many rural properties have in common is a lack of municipal lot line services. You can usually be assured that your new property will be able to tie into the hydro grid, and that a road of some type will be provided to your driveway, but tap water and sewage disposal is often considered to be the responsibility of the individual property owner. This raises some interesting design criteria, as you are being asked to draw your drinking water up from the reserves below your property, while also disposing of your waste in to the same reserves. Clearly great care must be taken to ensure that the waste water draining down does not contaminate the drinking water coming up. 

This is one reason why, when shopping for quotes for a new septic system the prices can vary so widely. It can be simple and cheap to install a septic system that disposes  of the waste water. But a septic system planner or designer must gives equal weight to the treatment of the waste water and thus the protection of groundwater resources.  A contractor’s failure to consider waste water treatment in the interest of landing the job is an ethical breach. If you receive a quote for a new system that seems to be unusually low, it may be a good idea to ask the contractor what the plan was to mitigate contamination concerns. After all, it will be you and your family drinking the well water for years after the septic contractor has been paid and moved on.  Read More