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All the Answers to Your Septic Tank & Holding Tank Questions

Septic systems can be tricky and pose a number of complications. Before picking up that phone to contact us directly, check to see if the answers to your questions are already here. We have gathered our most frequently asked questions to help keep our customers informed.

Why do I need to have my septic tank pumped?
Every day that you use your system, waste is added to the system. Over time, the heavier solids (effluent) sink to the bottom of the tank and do not exit the system into the leeching bed. Actually, you do not want these solids to enter the bed as it can plug up the field.

Why am I told not to put heavy cleaners and things down the toilet?
Just like your own gut needs healthy bacteria to keep you healthy, your septic system works using bacteria to process the waste and break it down in an environmentally friendly way. When you flush bleaches and other anti-bacterial products you are killing the good bacteria that keep your system running efficiently. Try to avoid flushing or draining:

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  • Soap

  • Grease

  • Chemicals

  • Bleach

  • Toilet cleaners

How often should I get my septic tank pumped?
Generally, you should have your septic tank pumped once every three to five years. However, the actual frequency will vary depending on usage and how many people live in your household.

How much does it cost to have a septic tank pumped?
Costs can vary depending on a variety of factors (size of the tank, repairs, accessibility). Please call us for information.

How do I know if my tank needs pumping?
There are some indicators that may let you know that your system needs some care, including:

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  • Pooling water on the septic field

  • Slow drains

  • Odors, both from your drains indoors and outdoors on the septic field

  • An overly healthy lawn over the septic field

  • Sewer backup

Don’t see the answer to your question? Call us today to speak with a Howard Campbell & Sons expert.


Howard Campbell & Sons
49 Main Street West, PO Box 30
Lyn, ON, K0E 1M0

Phone: 613-342-6105


Monday - Friday   7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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  • Brockville and surrounding area including: Morrisburg, Prescott, Cardinal, North Augusta, Smiths Falls, Merrickville, Lombardy, Portland


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