Septic System Requirements in Ontario

Are you looking to move or build a home in Ontario? You have to ensure your wastewater is being disposed of properly.

Your house may not be connected to the centralized sewage treatment plants. This may lead to a lot of problems, and you would need to install an on-site facility known as a septic system.

Most people imagine septic systems to be archaic, uncommon, and disused. However, studies have shown that as many as one in four Canadian homes use a septic system. It is even more common in rural areas.

Your Septic System is an integral part of your house. It is responsible for keeping foul stench away, as well as all the stuff that you flush down your toilet. 

If you’ve always stayed in a house connected to a municipal sewer system, odds are you have never heard of a septic system –  let alone know what one is.

What is a Septic System?

What makes up a septic system?

A septic system is typically composed of a drainage pipe, a drainfield, and a septic tank.

The Septic tank can be explained to be an enclosure belowground, through which wastewater is transported for treatment. It is also responsible for retaining solids. 

The drainfield processes liquids and is in a form of excavation in the soil. If the drainfield becomes flooded with water, it can cause a sewage backup.

The drainage pipes serve as outlets through which wastewater from the septic tank flows to the drainfield.

What are the benefits of a septic system?

Septic systems play a really pivotal role in the home. Wastewater from daily activities like washing, bathing, laundry, and the likes are often contaminated and unsafe for further use. 

Septic systems employ different processes to treat this contaminated wastewater, separate unwanted solids, scum and organic matter, before releasing the treated water to the ground. 

Installing a septic system to manage your wastewater is highly advantageous. Some of the benefits of a Septic System include:

  • Health benefits: Using septic systems will reduce the risk of transmitting various diseases, releasing deadly pathogens which can spread from drinking water or surface water pollution.
  • Durability: Septic systems installed by reliable contractors are generally built to last. With proper maintenance, you probably won’t need to replace your septic system during the course of your stay on that property.
  • Control: As opposed to being connected to the public sewer lines, you don’t need to rely on any company to fix any problems you encounter, you can arrange for it to be fixed at any time you wish.
  • Affordability: Depending on where you are located, what size and purpose you want your installation to be, septic systems are in the long run,cheaper alternatives to using a public sewage system. You won’t need to pay water bills or any other costs. 
  • Environmental benefits: Making use of septic systems has a positive impact on the environment. It reduces your carbon footprint since it employs a natural process to get rid of wastewater.

Caring for Your Septic System 

Even though Septic systems  are one of the most important parts of a house, they are also the least maintained.

Many people have this misguided notion that septic systems last forever, and as such need no maintenance or care. 

This is wrong. Septic Systems, if left unchecked, will deteriorate at a very alarming rate. They require routine and periodic maintenance.

How long is a septic system supposed to last anyway?

Nokia 3310s last forever, but septic systems do not. A regular septic system has an average lifespan of about 15 to 25 years.

That said, various factors can affect the longevity of a septic system. A properly constructed septic system will definitely last longer than an ill-constructed one. 

The lifespan of a septic system is also affected by factors like the number of people using it, the types of products used, and even the soil quality.

However, regular and efficient maintenance can go a long way in prolonging the life of your septic system. A regularly maintained septic system can sometimes last as long as 40 years, and even more, without any replacements.

Tips for maintaining your septic system

Taking adequate care of  septic systems is not rocket science. They are very easy and affordable to maintain. Below are some vital tips to improve the lifespan of your septic system:

  • Empty your tanks: Always have a certified waste contractor empty your septic tank at least once a year.
  • Be on the lookout: Look for any telltale sign of a deteriorating septic system. These may include unusual smells, pools of water, leaks etc
  • Inspections: Have regular inspections carried out at least once a year by a competent septic service professional. He or she will also keep records of maintenance works done on your septic system.
  • Have your septic tank pumped: Depending on usage, it is advisable to have your tank pumped every 3-5 years. This will prevent overflowing and clogging.
  • Only pour biodegradable substances down your drain: Items like disposable diapers, wet wipes, grease,egg shells, chemicals etc take a long time to decompose. They are often responsible for plugging the system and causing blockages. Always remember that your toilet is not a trash can.
  • Conserve Water: You should conserve the amount of water you use for showering and other household chores. This will not only save your water bill, but also prevent your septic tank from filling up with waste and water and overflowing. You should also spread water usage over a stretch of time, to allow separation and filtering to occur. Leaks can waste water and clog up the septic system.
  • Take care of your drainfields: You can achieve this by not driving or parking over your drainfield. You should also not construct structures or operate machineries above your drainfield. Also, you should plant trees a respectable distance away from your drainfield to prevent roots from growing into your septic system.
  • Install an Effluent filter: Effluent filters prevent solids from entering your drainfield, they are responsible for separating liquids from other residues. If you have one installed, you should also clean or replace it periodically.
  • Getting it right from the start: While a good maintenance culture will definitely help your septic system last longer, it is more important to have an efficient septic system installed from the start. It is always best to let a professional handle the design, installation and repair of your septic system.

This will ensure that you get only the best from your septic system. The best way to do this is to hire the best Septic system contractor in the Limestone city of Ontario.

At M. Riddle Excavating, we specialize in the design and installation of the best quality septic systems. Our septic system services are top-notch, carried out by professionals, features high-grade materials, and are generally built to last. We also carry out exquisite maintenance and inspections on any septic system at any location.

Why Choose M. Riddle Excavating?

  • We have been in the septic system business for over 20 years. 
  • We employ only the most reliable and competent engineers.
  • All our services follow governmental and environmental standards.
  • Our services are reasonably priced, devoid of any hidden charges.
  • When we handle your septic system project, you are assured of professional, prompt and long-lasting service

Need a Reliable Septic System Contractor in Ontario?

Do you want to install, inspect, design, pump or repair your septic system? Look no further!

Contact M. Riddle Excavating today to book a quote or schedule a consultation.