Feminine Hygiene and Septic Systems

Feminine Hygiene and Septic Systems
One of the most unpleasant jobs we do is replace pumps that have been plugged by tampons, condoms or baby wipes. These products will get caught up in the septic pump and cause the pump to fail. If you have a tank alarm, you will be warned that you have a problem before you have sewage on your basement floor. At this point hopefully you will discover that your pump has been jammed and is malfunctioning. You will need to call the vac truck and have the tank thoroughly cleaned to remove the foreign objects. If the problem is not identified the tank will quickly fill again and the alarm will once again ring. If you do not have an alarm you may want to consider adding one. Feminine hygiene, condoms, baby wipes, etc… should not be flushed down rural or private septic systems! It’s a nasty job to fix, but Alberta Septic & Excavating replaces failing pumps for various reasons. We can also add alarms to existing systems.

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One Piece Septic Tanks vs. Two Piece Septic Tanks

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Given the choice Alberta Septic and Excavating only installs one piece septic tanks. If a two piece tank is required, (due to the size and weight of the tank), we Blueskin the seam for an additional level of leak protection. Note the leaking seam on this two piece holding tank, Alberta Septic and Excavating is now dealing with this problem. The original installer is long gone. Blueskin on the seam is a step beyond what most of our competitors are doing. http://ow.ly/i/5mhcU

Ground Water Problems in your Basement

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Having ground water problems in your basement?

We have seen a lot of 20-30 year old houses lacking a sump pit in the basement. You could break out the floor and add one. However do you actually have weeping tile? And if you do where is it going? You still don’t know. Alberta Septic & Excavating has seen a lot of houses with weeping tile installed but going nowhere.  Ie. Not directed into a sump pit or graded down-hill until the end hits daylight. So where is the water supposed to go? We can excavate to the footing, find the weeping tile if it exists. Then install a sump complete with pump and even an alarm if you like. Now you are tied into weeping tile, and have a water collection point that is 2-3 feet below your basement floor that you can pump away from your house. What if we don’t have weeping tile down there you ask? Every site is different but in some cases we have been able to add weeping tile and the sump and still solve the problem. We have fixed some very difficult and unpleasant situations. Give us a call maybe we can help. Oh and we only install weeping tile with sock, so yours won’t end up looking like the clogging weeping tile in the picture. Website: http://www.albertaseptic.com

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Installing sump.

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External Sump

Silt filling up weeping tile.  Alberta Septic only uses weeping tile with sock.

Silt filling up weeping tile. Alberta Septic only uses weeping tile with sock.

Septic System Tip: Conserve Water Usage

Alberta Septic & Excavating sincerely cares that your business flows in the right direction!  So here is a water conservation tip to maintain the longevity of your private sewage system.  Spread out your water consumption.  For example don’t do all your laundry for the week on one day.  This will allow time for the wastewater in your septic tank or treatment plant to separate properly.  As well, don’t allow large volumes of water to enter your tank in a short period of time.  Again, this can compromise your wastewater from separating properly and solids could be forced into your field causing a potential blockage.  Blockages could lead to sewage back up.   Using water efficiently respects the environment and benefits the longevity of your septic system.

Concrete Tanks vs. Fiberglass Tanks

A concrete two tank system install.

A concrete two tank system install.

As in any industry the quality of products varies.  Alberta Septic & Excavating prefers to install concrete tanks rather than fibreglass or plastic tanks for many reasons.  Concrete tanks do not require specialized imported back fill material keeping the cost of installation down.  Fiberglass or plastic tanks usually require a layer of sand or pea gravel completely surrounding them to protect them from damage.  Concrete tanks will not float if there is water in the bottom of the hole when being installed.  Furthermore, because fibreglass tanks are light they are more susceptible to floating if there is a high water table when the vac truck cleans them out.  They are like an inflated balloon in the ground when empty and can pop up even after they are back filled.  Fibreglass tanks often need to be anchored with concrete.  Concrete tanks can be buried deeper avoiding the need and additional cost of lift stations.  Nine foot basements are popular these days which often requires a deeper septic tank.  Manufacturer’s of fiber glass tanks will claim that they are more resistant to sewer gas but sever gas is extremely corrosive and given enough time it can still cause deterioration.  See the picture below.  In addition, although no tanks should be driven on, in the event that this does happen concrete tanks are less likely to sustain damage.

Removing a fiberglass tank that cracked due to hydraulic pressures.

Removing a fiberglass tank that cracked due to hydraulic pressures.

Sewer gas damage to a fiberglass tank lid.

Sewer gas damage to a fiberglass tank lid.

A plastic tank we removed with major damage after a post was pounded through the top.

A plastic tank we removed with major damage after a post was pounded through the top.

Replace Old Septic Tank

Replace Your Old Septic Tank

Replacing your old septic tank can preserve the life of your septic system, and save you greater money down the road.  There are many signs that may indicate it is time to replace your septic tank such as:  risers that are crumbling, center wall disintegrating, baffles rotting off, or tank leaking.  Replacing a poor functioning septic tank has many benefits such as preserving your septic field, preventing potential accidents, and maintaining the surrounding environment.  A tank that is leaking solids into the septic field will cause the field to clog.  This can have irreversible damage and cause possible sewer back up.  A tank with crumbling risers is a safety issue with children possibly falling through the rotten top.  Finally, there are environmental concerns with sewage leakage such as contaminating ground water.   Replacing an old septic tank has many advantages and can save you money in the long run.  Alberta Septic & Excavating replaces old septic tanks.  www.albertaseptic.com