Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a septic system?
2. What types of systems are there?
3. How will I know if my septic is failing or should be replaced?
4. What involves installing a septic system?
5. Will a new septic system alter my yard?


1. What is a septic system?

A septic system is a waste water treatment system designed to filter and dissipate water back into it's natural environment.  A system can range from a simple tank and leaching bed design to a more complex multiple tank and treatment system. To better understand the needs of what your home would require please contact us for a consultation.

2. What types of septic systems are there?

There is a wide range of systems out there to consider for your property from conventional and filter Media to aeration, peat and combination treatment and dispersal systems.  All vary in size and depending on your lot configuration one may be better suited than others.

3. How will I know if my septic system is failing or should be replaced?

There are many ways a system can fail.  Some things to look out for are the age of the system,  biomat breakouts,  flow blockages i.e. back-up of sewage into the dwelling, leaching bed saturation etc.  In general the homeowner should have a licensed septic inspector or engineer check the system to ensure it is operating properly.  All installation and design should be done by a licensed contractor/designer or engineer.


4. What involves installing a septic system?

Contacting a licensed installer, designer or engineer to get the ball rolling is your first step.  Several things will be considered in the design of your system such as size of the dwelling, soils surrounding the purposed area, rock formations, lot size and the chosen system type.  After the design is approved and permit issued by your local authority excavation begins, tanks and leaching bed are installed.  Once the components of the system are installed an inspection will be carried out by your local authority to verify proper installation and then the area is ready for back fill and top soiling.  After top soil is spread a final inspection is done to complete the process.    

5. Will a new septic system alter my yard?

It all depends on the required system size and elevations.  Surrounding objects such as trees, shrubs, landscape items and ground elevations can change slightly or sometimes not at all.   We do try to make the yard appealing to the eye while keeping the specifications in check.

Septic Do's and Don'ts 


  • Do pump out your tank on a regular basis (3-5 years) and have yearly maintenance checks
  • Do familiarize yourself with the location of your system
  • Do divert surface water away from your leaching bed
  • Do repair leaky plumbing fixtures

  • Don't flush hazardous chemicals, paint, cigarette butts, baby wipes or sanitary products
  • Don't plant trees or shrubs on or too close to your leaching bed
  • Don't drive over your tank or leaching bed
  • Don't connect water softeners to your system as salt will destroy bacteria and have an affect on system components

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