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- The Fraser Valley - Surrey, Langley, Maple Ridge, Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Agassiz, Hope and the Fraser Canyon
- Sea-to-Sky Corridor - Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton
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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If your inspection reveals that there is already an existing, albeit outdated, septic tank on the location, there are further options for you to look into.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.
Ask a Septic System Expert
What does it mean to be an expert in the septic system industry? You may be surprised to learn that – in addition to standard maintenance, inspection for pre-purchase and straight-forward installs – we are able to manage difficult septic installations and consult on system malfunctions that others in our industry cannot. As industry experts we have rightly earned our skill set and highly regarded reputation as the experts in septic installation, consultation and complicated septic questions.
Not to be confused with our septic installation competition; we charge the same industry standards for regular projects or maintenance, yet we are able to put a more skilled set of eyes on your system to prevent any foreseeable problems from the very first point of assessment and initial installation.
Consulting Services for System Malfunctions
Our knowledge and experience allows us to solve any system malfunctions you may run into, even if we haven’t installed your system. We evaluate your system and generate a recommendation report based on its current operational effectiveness.
New System Installations
When a pre-purchase is ordered, whether for a standard or difficult install, you can be confident that a renowned team of experts are on your side. Rest assured, when we arrive on the scene we will have evaluated your entire system.
From design to installation, maintenance, repairs and consultations – not to mention our outstanding Fuji Clean Product – we offer expertise and professionalism. Regardless of your concerns or challenges we are happy to consult on, or install, the best system possible for your home, farm or recreational property. It just makes sense to call the Septic Expert.
We are septic “experts” in the real sense of the word expert. Septic Expert is one of the few local (lower mainland) businesses that have the means to work on difficult builds, or even builds that others have said can’t be done.
Traveling often to remote, or sometimes boat-access-only sites, we have installed many one-of-a-kind systems for homeowners that require very specific needs. Often, home owners have contacted their local septic installer just to be told they cannot do the job. We are often called after another installer has turned the job down, due to lack of equipment, resources or experience.
There are varied issues with septic installs such as waterfront properties, islands, and/or remote, or boat-access sites. Many of these sites tend to have rocky ground with little soil, access issues requiring boats and barges, and difficulty meeting required setbacks from streams and watercourses. Lucky for our clients we have the means to access these sites and get the job done.
Because we have the means to get the job done, we have quickly become one of the most sought-out installers for these types of jobs. We are proud that we are not your average septic install company. It means that the jobs we put our name on are jobs that require an above-average skill and workmanship. Being one of the “Specialized” installers in the lower mainland is something Septic Expert takes great satisfaction in.
Do we install the less difficult jobs? You bet! You can also bet that we do exceptional work no matter what type of system we are putting in for our client. If our name is on the job, you know it has been done right – as we guarantee our installs for the life of the system.
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
The first step in installing or replacing a septic system is to have a septic field design completed by a Registered Wastewater Professional.
In British Columbia, the majority of septic systems are designed and installed by Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioners. The septic field design is just as it sounds. It is a comprehensive document that details the size of the system, the type of treatment proposed, the location of the various components, as well as the many other details that accompany a good septic design.
A septic field design must be preceded by investigative work to determine the requirements of the property and the intended use. During the course of gathering all the necessary site information, the septic field designer can determine the most suitable location for the various components of the system. On a large lot with a number of siting options, it is helpful to consider sight lines from the home, and high use areas outside the home. Nothing worse than seeing an unsightly plastic lid every time you look out your picture window, or having to move a deck or sidewalk thanks to a poorly sited tank.
Done properly, the preliminary site work will give the designer information such as how quickly the soil drains, whether there are underlying soil conditions that may prevent or hinder drainage, and also will consider distances, or setbacks as we call them to critical features on the property. These setbacks can be horizontal, such as wells, water courses, steep slopes and vertical to features such as high seasonal water table, hard pan and glaciated soil layers(dense and impermeable).