If you’re planning to buy a rural property in the Edmonton area, you may find that most of the options available use a septic tank system. In rural areas it’s often more convenient and less expensive to install a septic tank than it is to connect the house to the municipal wastewater system. And although septic systems do require some maintenance, the presence of a septic tank shouldn’t cause you to instantly rule out a potential property. So what does it take to keep a septic system running? Here’s what you need to know.
What Is a Septic System?
A septic system is a self-contained tank held underground that serves as a storage tank and treatment system for household wastewater. Septic systems consist of two main components: the septic tank itself and the drain field. The septic tank is a concrete or fiberglass box designed to be watertight. It has an inlet and outlet pipe. Water flows into the tank from your home through a sewer pipe. The septic tank stores the wastewater for an extended period of time, allowing liquids and solids to separate. Over time, the liquid is gradually clarified and is channeled into a drain field – a group of trenches lined with gravel or sand and buried several feet under the surface of the ground.
Septic Tank Maintenance: Keeping Your Septic Tank in Working Order
Septic tanks can be highly effective wastewater management systems, but they do require regular maintenance in order to work properly. If you own a piece of property with a septic system on it, you’ll need to regularly have the tank pumped to empty it of solid waste. The frequency with which you’ll need to do this depends on the number of people living in your home, the amount of wastewater you create, and the amount of solid material in the wastewater. For instance, using a garburator will increase the amount of solid material in the septic tank and increase the frequency of septic pumping you’ll need to do.
Common Causes of Septic Tank Failure and How to Avoid Them
Septic tanks are generally quite reliable, however, there are certain factors that can cause them to fail. One of the most common causes of septic tank failure is damage to the absorption field. You may see reduced absorption if you plant shrubs in or drive over the absorption field, or if you cover the field with asphalt or concrete. You’ll also want to ensure that you avoid flushing certain items in order to keep your septic tank in good condition. If you own a septic system, you’ll never be able to flush items like coffee grounds, disposable diapers, kitty litter, dental floss, oil, paper towels, fat, grease, gauze bandages, cigarette butts, feminine hygiene products, or chemical products.
Owning a recreational property in Edmonton typically requires knowing a thing or two about septic tanks. But you shouldn’t let the fact that a property has a septic tank stop you from considering it as a potential home. With the right know-how, maintaining a septic tank can be very easy. Are you ready to view recreational properties in Edmonton? We can help. Call me today at 780.991.5107 to find your new country retreat in the Edmonton area.