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Our main service area covers:
- The Fraser Valley - Surrey, Langley, Maple Ridge, Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Agassiz, Hope and the Fraser Canyon
- Sea-to-Sky Corridor - Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton
Posts Tagged ‘Septic’
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.
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