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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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Not Your Average Septic Installer

Posted on: April 26th, 2016 by James

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. 

Fraser Valley Septic Systems

Posted on: January 15th, 2015 by James

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

Septic Field Design in British Columbia

Posted on: December 10th, 2014 by James

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). 

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