Are you planning to build this spring? Here are some things you should consider regarding a Private Treatment Sewage Treatment System (PSTS):
1) As a homeowner, you are 100% responsible with complying with Alberta’s Private Sewage Standard of Practice.
2) Your site should be evaluated, as that will impact the type of system that will work best on your property
3) Check with your municipality for any bylaws regarding a PSTS
4) Soil matters! Condition and topography may limit your options
5) Permits are required!
6) Volume of waste will need to be estimated for a properly working system
7) Maintenance – an ounce of maintenance is worth a pound of cure!
Sound confusing? It can be! Let Alberta Septic and Excavating take care of the details and plan a proper system that complies with Alberta’s standard of practice! We are booking now, so call today!
source: Safety Tips. (January 2012) . Private Sewage Treatment Systems. [Brochure] Government of Alberta.
http://ow.ly/yTBC30j5k2L With the warmer temperatures, you may be wondering what steps need to be taken to ensure a successful seasonal transition to spring. Simple regular inspections and maintenance can serve to save a lot of money over the life of your tank. Melting snow will raise the water table substantially, which can cause an overflowing tank. Any water sitting on the cover, needs to be investigated properly, as soon as possible. Please call today if you have any questions or would like to schedule us in for any spring work! Thank you for your continued trust in our business! 🙂
Spring is coming, although you wouldn’t know it by looking outside! Now is the perfect time to book Alberta Septic & Excavating for any septic or excavating work — Beat the rush and call or email us for a quote today!
Please take some time to examine your septic systems for any damage sustained by these extremely cold winter temperatures we’ve been experiencing. Any sewage smell coming up through the drains is an indicator of a frozen system. There are four main areas typically where freezing can occur. They are as follows:
1) The pipe from the house to the tank.
2) The septic tank itself, and/or the pump.
3) The pipe from the tank to the septic field.
4) The soil treatment system (the septic field).
To prevent freezing simple tactics may be employed. For example, running water (warm/hot) can melt lines that are beginning to freeze. Simply taking a hot bath or spacing your laundry out can do the trick. Leaky plumbing fixtures should be fixed to prevent additional freezing outside the pipe. Also, ALL types of vehicles should remain off your system year round to maintain the integrity of the field.
DO NOT, however, add antifreeze or salt to your lines. DO NOT pump out your sewage over the frozen ground. DO NOT start a fire over the system in hopes of thawing it out. DO NOT run water continuously (see tips above with regards to water usage).
Stay warm! As always, if you have any questions or need advice, please don’t hesitate to contact Jeff.
As we enter this festive and busy season, we want to take the time to thank all of you -our valued customers- for your business in 2017. You are an integral part of our enterprise and we would like to extend heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for your support. We wish you all a prosperous, healthy and happy 2018!
Merry Christmas! and thanks again for a wonderful year.
Alberta Septic and Excavating
The snow has started to fall and, with it, the temperatures are about to plunge: Old Man Winter seems to have arrived! With the changing season, the ground will freeze up and homeowners may be wondering what they need to do to prepare their septic system for winter. In the past, people have dumped anti-freeze into their tanks. However, this is not only unnecessary, it also disrupts the delicate balance of bacteria and unpleasant issues may result. The tanks are designed to be buried to a depth that will prevent them from freezing in the winter. Nonetheless, a thorough evaluation of the cover should be undertaken. If it is above ground, quickly examine it for cracks or if it is loose in any place. If it is below ground, it can be appraised when the system needs to be pumped out. Again, take care to avoid driving over your septic field (especially when plowing snow). A compacted field will not drain properly and will not be as effective. The cold months are a great time to hibernate, but don’t forget to quickly inspect your system first. An ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure!
As always, call Alberta Septic & Plumbing if you have any questions or would like your system inspected!
Curious about a Pro Flo Wastewater Treatment System?
In practice, they are similar to large municipality sewage treatment plants. They use an extended aeration activated sludge process. Aeration depends primarily on introducing air to the wastewater; this promotes the growth of microorganisms that break down the organic material found in regular household sewage.
Raw, unsettled waste/water from your home enters into the pretreatment tank. Inside the pretreatment tank, the solids separate from the liquid and the liquid flows into the aeration chamber. Air is introduced into the aeration chamber by passing from the aerator motor through the diffuser bar and into the system. This air promotes the growth of microorganisms. It is these organisms (bacteria) that break down the organic material. As the wastewater leaves the aeration chamber, it enters the clarifier. No mixing occurs inside the clarifier, but inside, any “leftover” solids (or sludge) separate from the liquid and settle to the bottom of the clarifier. Sludge contains dissolved oxygen and the bacteria it contains are activated by the oxygen. This activated sludge is returned to the aeration chamber where it is mixed and digested again. The sludge mixes with the incoming wastewater and this mixture of returned sludge, wastewater, and dissolved oxygen is referred to as mixed liquor. The mixed liquor flows back into the clarifier, the solids separate and return once again to the aeration chamber. This never-ending cycle produces a clear, odorless, high quality effluent that is ready to be released to the environment.
(source: http://www.profloaerobic.com/about.htm September 26, 2017) http://ow.ly/i/z2aup