SEPTIC SYSTEM FACTS & TIPS

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Plant with caution in the nutrient rich area above the distribution field. Do NOT plant trees or shrubs within three metres of the tank or bed. Roots will seek out and crack the pipes. Shallow root ground covers are ideal.


Soil plays a big role in how water travels from the distribution field,  what contaminants get absorbed/broken down and how far they travel. Your septic system must be designed for the type of soil around your dwelling. Make sure your system meets the rules of the Ontario Building Code that controls how far a septic tank and distribution field can be built away from buildings, wells, and other water bodies.


Regular maintenance is one of the most important steps. Get your tank pumped and inspected completely every 4 years. Replacing a septic system is expensive, maintenance keeps thousands of dollars in your pocket.


To allow waste water the time it needs to be treated in the tank, conserve water. Ensure the size of your tank can handle the quantlty of waste water you create. Many older systems may be grossly undersized.


Every time water goes down your drain and into your septic tank, the same amount of liquid leaves the tank and enters the distribtuion field. If too much water enters the tank from extra guests heavy water use - too much waste is forced out too soon. Untreated waste water escapes, including solids that can clog up pipes and/or enter the distribution field.


Sewage is broken down by millions of bacteria and enzymes in your septic tank and soil with the distribution field. That bacteria is harmed or killed by (a) cleaning products that are antibacterial, non-biodegradable, chlorine based and/or full toxic materials; and (b) hazardous products like varnish, paint, pesticides, gasoline and wine. Every time these products go down your drain they come out of your septic system just like they went in, but now they are in the ground and water with the potential to poison lakes and wells.


FOG (fat, oil & grease) don't break down and can form a scum layer at the top of your septic tank. Paper products, coffee grounds, hair, tampons, personal or baby wipes, condoms and other common sewage items inhibit work of bacteria and quickly fill tanks. Combined, they can clog the system significantly hampering your systems effectiveness.


If your sewage is leaking, not getting cleaned, or building up, the end result could be contaminated water entering wells, ground water, lakes, steams, etc. Your health and the environment's health are at risk.


Take care of your septic system with daily and semi-yearly maintenance to prolong the life of the system saving you money in the long run.