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Contrary to popular belief, most septic systems can last a lifetime. The most common cause of septic failure is the inability of the leach field to accept and percolate effluent liquid into the ground. Older septic systems and those with heavy use are more prone to this situation.Septic System Components Septic Tank - designed to allow time for the incoming liquid to settle surface and bottom solids (scum and sludge). The size of tank required is determined by the number of bodies who will be using the system.Header Pipe - a solid piece of pipe carries effluent from the septic...

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Just don't! Not on a septic, not in a town, not in a city... never flush wipes down! No matter what it says on the package. Below is a great video of what happened at a Vancouver strata.  The trouble flushable wipes caused and the expense incurred. Imagine what it does to your septic system!  

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  Complete system replacement is not the only option for older or abused septic systems. Older septic systems and those abused by excess use can be restored by a process of microbial bioremediation. Leaching beds aka tile fields are a vital part of how your septic system works (and the most expensive component to install and replace).  The tile/leach fields can become over burdened with age or excess use and eventually plug up with excess organic material leading to sluggishness, break out, ponding, odours, etc. Microbial Bioremediation is a process that restores percolation in the septic field.  It is an...

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Septic systems are designed to utilize biological process to breakdown waste material, so obviously antibacterial products are not helpful to the system process. The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension says, "That while single use has little to no effect, normal hand and dish washing with antibacterial agents can stunt the work of the septic bacteria. Excessive use of antibacterial products in the home can "cause significant and even total destruction of the bacteria population". Avoid the use of antibacterial products whenever possible. It is easy to boost your bacterial counts and improve treatment in your septic system with EcoEthic Septic...

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A great deal of rain or melt water can enter your septic tank through a chipped or missing corner of the septic tank lid. Extra water entering the tank can overburden the system causing it to fail and pollute. Install risers on your tank to prevent surface water infiltration, and it will be easier finding the tank lids at pump out time. Would you like a monthly septic maintenance reminder delivered to your inbox? Sign up at SepticMinder.ca and we will send you a monthly reminder and handy septic care tip. If you have any questions at all, please give...

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