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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! 

What Makes A Good Septic Installer?

Posted on: August 8th, 2016 by admin



When it comes to septic installation you want to make sure that you find a good installer. One that has expert knowledge, can perform service and maintenance and can install even the most difficult of systems. This is where Septic expert excels, we pride ourselves at being the best in the Lower Mainland at what we do and we enjoy taking on those challenging installs. 


A good septic installer will have great knowledge, not only of the installation but of how to keep your system running well. Their knowledge will also be something they love to share with prospective customers and returning customers. Our website has tons of information which can help customers to do some research before deciding what they would like to do, starting with things like how to find your septic system.


Another sign of a good septic installer is that they will not shy away from the more challenging installations. They will have the confidence and knowledge to create a septic system that will work even in the most difficult conditions. An example of this would be an installation Septic Expert completed for a customer who had recently purchased a lakefront home. Difficulty with this installation came from the extremely high water table, a drainage ditch that ran along the back of the property and the lake being only 100ft from the septic field itself. Even with all these obstacles Septic Expert was able to create and install a functioning septic system for this happy customer.


If an installer won’t stand by his installation that’s a sign that he doesn’t believe in his work. Service and maintenance are a key part to keeping your septic system working for years to come. Septic Expert believes that keeping up with servicing and maintenance will help to prevent you from having to pay for some nasty repair work. We will more than gladly come out to check your system and perform regular maintenance


A good septic installer is the difference between having a well functioning system and paying for repairs, so give Septic Expert a call and let’s see what we can do for you!
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What Where and How? Septic System Clues

Posted on: June 13th, 2016 by admin
As a homeowner it is important to know as much as you can about the property you have purchased and this includes having knowledge about your septic field! It may not be one of the first things to cross your mind but it is crucial that you know where your field is, how old it is, what type of system you have and how it should be maintained. It is also important to understand how to tell if your septic field needs immediate maintenance as this could prevent you from having to pay a large amount of money for repairs.

Where it is?
Every septic installation is different, just like every home is different and every septic installer too. As septic tanks extremely heavy they do require a crane, this means they have to be in an area that’s easily accessible for a large vehicle. Tanks are most likely placed at the low end of the home as water flows downhill, even if this area is not necessarily accessible for large trucks. If your home is similar to your neighbours around you, ask them! Homes that were built around the same time tend to have the tanks all in the same location, so your neighbour may already know where yours might be. As a rule for older homes, tanks are generally 3 to 10 feet away from the house, in the yard near the main bathroom window.





How old it is?

The life expectancy of a septic system will depend on certain things within the tanks environment. This can include things like damage from vehicle traffic, clogging by roots, flooding by groundwater, soil conditions, tank materials and how the septic tank is used. A well-installed, well-maintained septic tanks could easily last for the life of the home. We rely on the world’s leading Japanese manufacturer of the domestic water waste system Fuji clean(link here). They feature compact systems with reliable high performance, proven design, easy maintenance and low operational cost. All of which can help to extend the life of your septic tank.

What type of system it is?
There are three different types of septic systems available type 1, type 2 and type 3. Type 1 is a single septic tank based system that consists of an underground container or tank for receiving and settling wastewater. Type 2 uses air (oxygen) to help break down and treat the wastewater. Finally there is type 3 which is only used on very difficult sites, type 3 systems are defined as any septic system using a type 3 treatment plant and a means of reducing or eliminating pathogens.




Should it be maintained?

A septic system is for the most part maintenance free, a well constructed and maintained tank could last for the life expectancy of the home. However it is still a good idea to check your tank and make sure that everything is in working order every once in a while. Regular maintenance will include visual checks, odour checks, removal and cleaning of effluent filter, clean or replace air filters, testing of sewage pumps and visual inspection of drain field. It is important these tasks are done regularly as it can help to prevent a hefty repair cost.

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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