If you live on a farm or acreage outside of Edmonton or its surrounding communities, chances are your home utilizes a septic system.
Septic systems are underground wastewater systems used in areas that do not have a central sewer system. All the water in your home that runs down the drain, including water from laundry, the toilet, the dishwasher, etc., ends up in your septic system.
While typical septic systems can last between 15-40 years, the lifespan of your system can depend on different conditions. Even if your septic system falls within the expected lifespan it may still require repairs, and will definitely require maintenance.
Repairs and maintenance are not a DIY project. You will need the expertise and knowledge of a plumbing specialist. Not to worry! Peak Sewer & Underground Services is here to help.
Septic System Repairs
When a septic system isn’t functioning properly, the result can be a huge mess and inconvenience for your home.
Some common issues you may encounter with your septic system include backups or slow drainage in sinks, tubs, showers and toilets as well as random water pooling near the septic system. You may also run into bad smells around your home and property.
If you notice any of these problems, it’s important to contact a professional right away! The sooner the issue can be resolved, the less complex and expensive the repair will be. Leaving a septic system repair for too long can lead to a full system replacement. Peak Sewer & Underground Services offers 24/7 service and immediate response times for emergency septic system repairs!
Septic System Maintenance
Septic system maintenance requires only a little time and effort on a regular basis, but can save you a lot of money in the end! It can also significantly prolong the life of your system.
Preventative maintenance performed by a professional is typically required every 3-5 years, and the small cost is very insignificant in comparison to the cost of a brand new septic system. However, if your system involves electrical float switches, pumps or mechanical components, it should be inspected more often.
Your septic system should be pumped out at least once a year in order to prevent solids from accumulating in the tank. High-pressure water jetting is also recommended to keep your drain pipes clean and clear of buildups that can lead to sewage backups.
Lastly, live organic bacteria additives should be used to help breakdown unnatural substances and solids, such as detergents and soaps, that can penetrate your system and kill off the naturally occurring bacteria necessary for the proper functioning of your septic system.
All of these maintenance steps, and more, can be performed properly and efficiently by our experienced technicians!
How Do I Know When My Septic System Needs to Be Repaired or Pumped?
Having a professional septic system technician inspect your tank at least once a year will help you best determine the current state of your system. They will inspect your scum levels and advise you on when the tank should be pumped. If you notice foul odours, sewage backups, and/or pooling water around your septic tank, it’s time to call in a professional to repair your septic system.
They say prevention is worth an ounce of cure – and nothing could be more true when it comes to your septic system!
Don’t let a small problem become a large one. Contact our technicians at Peak Sewer & Underground Services for all of your septic repair and maintenance needs!