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Who Needs A Septic System?

Posted on: September 20th, 2016 by SLM
If you’re in the market for purchasing either a new lot, or simply an outdated property, something that may not be on the forefront of your mind would be the installation or inspection of a septic system. However, unless you’re planning on making midnight trips across the lawn to use the outhouse, a septic system will more than likely be the answer for you.

If the property in question is a vacant lot, you’ll need to find out whether or not a sewer system is already available. If the lot is in an urban location, odds are that a public system will be accessible to you. Public sewer systems have the benefits of not needing personal maintenance, however they do often charge a monthly fee to the city. Different areas often charge separately for water and sewage, while other cities combine the two costs.



On the other hand, a property that is in a rural location will generally not have the option of a public system. Here is where a septic system steps in. Septic systems require basic maintenance, but in the long-run have fewer ongoing costs. Not to mention that there is no monthly-fee attached. A septic system uses bacteria to break down the solid waste that is located in the holding tank, and then releases the fluids into the drain field.

If your inspection reveals that there is already an existing, albeit outdated, septic tank on the location, there are further options for you to look into. Luckily, one of Septic Expert’s specialties are updating existing systems. With considerable experience in finding solutions to repairing and ensuring that older systems keep up with the needs of newer homes, Septic Expert can save you money by avoiding purchasing and installing an entirely new system! Read more about REPAIRS AND SERVICES of existing systems here.
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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! 

Maintenance of your Septic System

Posted on: July 18th, 2016 by admin
With your septic system it’s important to keep a good maintenance schedule. This can prevent your septic system from becoming sluggish and not functioning properly. Remember good maintenance can prevent you from having to deal with large costly repairs down the road.

Here are a couple of maintenance tasks that we perform and why they are important for your system!


  • Visual and odour examination. This is performed on all components of your system, you need to know that everything is working correctly. Not just one area.
  • Removal and cleaning of effluent filter.  There need to be cleaned regularly to prevent backups in your home.
  • Cleaning and replacing of air filters in lift station or compressors. Air compressor filters need to be replaced at least once a year.
  • Test sewage pumps, floats and perform a load test. This helps you to know the expectancy of your pump and allows you to budget for a replacement.
  • Determine whether tanks or other components need pumping. This is where you can save a lot of money as if you leave pumping too late you can risk damage to your drain field. Which can be an extremely expensive mistake.
  • Visual inspection of drain field or pressure bed.
  • Check alarm and panel function, this allows us to see if there has been any trouble since our last week. It is surprising how many alarm controls have been switched to “silent” when we arrive.


All of these maintenance tasks are things we do daily, so get in touch with us and let us help you to keep your system in top shape!
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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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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.