FAQ - Septic Services
Frequently Ask Questions About Septic Services - Campbell River & Comox Valley.
How often should my septic tank be serviced?
How do I know if I need a plumber or septic tank pumpout?
What happens if I don’t pump out my septic tank?
What can I do to make sure my septic runs properly?
Why do Septic Tanks solids build up?
- Your tank is not being pumped out frequently enough
- High volumes of water from high usage are being discharged pushing solids through the tank before they can settle in the tank.
- Your septic tank size isn’t rated for the size of your house or the number of occupants.
Why do I need an effluent filter?
What are the signs that your septic tank is full?
- Pooling water, happens when your tank is full and the solids are blocking the system.
- Slow Drains could be an indication of a clog in your septic tank or the system is full and needs to be emptied.
- Odours, if you start smelling sewage it generally means your septic tank is full, or getting close.
- Gurgling water is another sign your tank might be full and needs to be serviced.
How does my septic system work?
- Sludge material will settle to the bottom of the tank.
- Scum material will float at the surface.
- Primary treated wastewater sits in the middle section of the tank and will transfer to a secondary tank chamber if equipped or directly to the drainfield via a Distribution Box.
What is a Distribution Box?
WHAT IS A DRAIN OR LEACH FIELD?
How Do I Make Sure My Drain Field Lasts?
Can I Plant Around My Drain Field?
The answer is, It Depends.
Deep roots are not acceptable, these plants can cause significant damage to systems including drain fields. Anything that requires large amounts of water should not be planted near your drain field.
Never plant any vegetables on or near a septic drain field, septic effluent is hazardous.
Can I Build On Top of My Drain Field?