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Get Answers to Your Septic and Holding Tank Questions

Septic systems can be tricky and pose several complications. That’s why we have compiled some of the most commonly asked questions to help keep our customers informed. Please go through them, and let us know if you require any further information.

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  • Why Am I Told Not to Put Heavy Cleaners and Things Down the Toilet?
    Just like your 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 kill the good bacteria that keep your system running efficiently. Since these substances will inevitably enter the system, we recommend using eco-friendly and bio-degradable products. Here is a list of items that should not be flushed down the toilet: Diaper wipes Q-tips Sanitary pads Tampon applicators Food and coffee grinds Unused medication
  • Why Do I Need to Have My Septic Tank Pumped?
    Every day that you use your system, waste is added to the tanks. Over time, the heavier solids (effluent) sink to the bottom of the tank and do not exit the system into the leaching bed. You do not want these solids to enter the bed as they can plug up the field.
  • How Often Should I Get My Septic Tank Pumped?
    Generally, it would be best to have your septic tanks 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 and 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: Pooling water on the septic field Slow drains Odours, both from the interior and exterior drains of 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 Ltd. expert.

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