Curious about a Pro Flo Wastewater Treat

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: September 26, 2017)


Are you ready to install a High Function

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 i

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

What Not to Flush

Spring has sprung and it is time for a quick discussion on septic system health.¬† As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”¬†¬† It’s easy to get a little cavalier — or, even lazy?? –about what things go down the drain or get flushed.¬† To prevent a costly repair bill, here is a list of things NOT to flush.¬† These items all clog or burn up the grinder.

  • Abrasive debris¬†such as sand
  • Cat litter, kitty litter, or other fine gravel or clay products (such as aquarium bottom gravel – don’t clean your fish tank by dumping the gravel, sea shells, or other solid waste into a toilet)
  • Caustic chemicals
  • Cigarette butts are not biodegradable and should not be flushed into the septic system. And the filters on cigarette butts can clog and destroy septic pumps.
  • Clay such as modeling clay¬†or children’s play-doh¬ģ modeling compound
  • Cloth strips or scraps, rag fragments
  • Clothes dryer sheets the synthetic fabric from which dryer sheets are made will not break down in the septic tank. These items not only add to the solid waste in the septic tank, but a dryer sheet might clog the septic tank inlet at the baffle
  • Coffee grounds¬†– can enter and clog sewage pumps.¬† Use these in the garden instead
  • Condoms¬†won’t clog a pipe but like some other debris, because they are of modest size and are quite flexible, but condoms are (usually) not biodegradable. So we listed condoms, or other latex products such as latex gloves above as “never flush”.
    If your system uses a septic pump or grinder pump or sewage ejector pump, this material can clog the pump impeller and cause expensive pump damage or motor burnout.
  • Cotton swabs¬†(Q-tips¬ģ) have been known to clog a drain or two – not biodegradable, though trivial in volume. BUT if your system uses a septic pump or grinder pump or sewage ejector pump, this material can clog the pump impeller and cause expensive pump damage or motor burnout
  • Dental floss¬†– is not biodegradable, though trivial in volume, dental floss can enter and clog grinder pump and effluent pump mechanisms
  • De-greasing solvents
  • Diapers¬†and similar items which are not biodegradable will simply clog a septic system and are very likely to clog building drains
  • Explosive or flammable materials
  • Glass or glass fragments
  • Grease waste,¬†cooking fat, lard, etc.
  • Hair waste¬†such as hair clippings
  • Latex¬†condoms, gloves, or similar products – we discuss condoms in septic systems further in the next section of this article.
  • Oils¬†such as lubricating oils
  • Metal¬†shavings, scraps, debris
  • Mud, silt, sand, ashes
  • Paper towels and facial tissues (Kleenex‚ĄĘ) do not break down easily and should not be flushed into the septic system. Toilet paper breaks down quickly and should not be a problem in an ordinary septic tank system.
  • Panty liners should never be flushed down a building drain
  • Plastic bags¬†or other plastic scrap or trash of any kind should never be flushed down a building drain, nor any other plastic scraps, fragments, or objects
  • Sanitary napkins¬†should never be flushed down a building drain
  • Sticks, even toothpicks, can enter and clog sewage pump impeller assemblies
  • String or cord¬†– like dental floss above, can clog or bind grinder pump or sewage pump impeller assemblies leading to pump burnout.
  • Tampons should not be flushed down a building drain. Wrap and place in the garbage instead
  • Wipes¬†such as baby wipes or cleaning or makeup removing wipes.¬† Even if it is labelled “biodegradable” it is best tossed in trash
  • Any other solid, semi-solid objects¬†that do not dissolve readily in water


If you have any questions, or, you (or one of your children!) end up flushing any of this matter down your drain, please contact Alberta Septic & Excavating.  Alberta Septic does repairs as well new installs and can offer expert, professional advice.  Spring is the ideal time to tackle some of these yucky matters. Call or email todayРwe are booking up fast!


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