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
Are you ready to install a High Functioning & Long Lasting Wastewater system? It’s important to consider the longevity of your design at the beginning and that begins with some simple, but vital, steps that need to be taken. The installation process begins with some basics like evaluating the soil and the surrounding landscape. Soil can differ greatly in terms of texture, structure and density. These factors can all affect how drainage occurs. A soil test is conducted and is an absolutely crucial part successfully managing onsite wastewater. In addition to the composition test, the layout of your site needs to be assessed. Is there enough gravity for the contents to flow from the house to the septic tank or will an effluent pump need to be utilized? From there, does the effluent need to be treated or directly moved to the soil treatment? Again, is a pump necessary or can gravity do the heavy dropping? Each of these answers directly impacts the size of the pump and the design and placement of the pipes to be laid. Installed correctly, along with regular maintenance, a system should last indefinitely. Please contact the experts at Alberta Septic & Excavating for a free quote!
(source: Onsite Installer. September 2014, “The Installer’s Creed” p. 22)
One of the questions we frequently get is, “Can we drive or park on our septic system?”
The short answer is “No!” The longer answer (and reasoning) is this: Driving on your septic system compacts the soil. When soil is compacted, the air is squished out and its ability to process wastewater is diminished. For the health and longevity of your system, try to remember to keep all heavy equipment, vehicles, and machinery off the system; however, lawn mowers are generally okay (which is good since that area of grass is often more green…. thanks, in part to extra moisture and -ahem – natural fertilizer!)
If you have any questions or additional concerns, please don’t hesitate to call 403-559-6729! We are booking now for Spring and Summer 2017. Or visit our website http://www.albertaseptic.com
Spring Cleaning for your effluent filters! Please see the following videos for a detailed HOW-TO:
Bristle Effluent Filter Video
Inline Effluent Filter Video
Please contact us if you have questions or for a free quote if you require future work! Happy Cleaning 🙂
Ever wondered what can safely go down the drain? Check out the post on “What NOT to Flush”. Call Jeff at 403-559-6729, http://ow.ly/5DMo30apFzG if your Septic System needs some TLC this spring. We are booking up fast, so call today!