Practical advice for an efficient septic system

Regular maintenance of your septic tank will have a direct impact on its efficiency and prolong its life, in turn respecting the environment and saving you money with regards to an earlier than anticipated replacement.

  • Install a water reduction device
  • Repair broken fossets
  • Opt for showers instead of baths
  • Adjust the water consumption used by the toilette
  • Use the washer and dishwasher a full capacity

By placing objects that are dense and/or too large in the toilette, you run the risk of obstructing the pipes, hence quickly filling up the septic tank and reducing the efficiency of the septic system.

Never put in the reservoir :

  • Oil and grease
  • Moiste towlettes, disposable diapers
  • Tampoms and applicators
  • Kleenex and paper towel and fabric softener sheets
  • Q-Tips, dental floss
  • Hair
  • Preservatives
  • Food and composte (coffee and other kitchen garbage)
  • Cigarette butts

Chemical products disposed in too large quantity in septic systems destroys the bacteria and its beneficial action. Furthermore, certain substances risk contaminating the surface water and the underground water :

  • Use soap and detergent in normal quantity
  • Avoid using cleaning products, soaps and detergents that contain phosphates

Never throw in the reservoir

  • Anitbacterial soaps and disinfectants
  • Corrosif detergents (javex and unclogging products)
  • Gas, paint and solvants
  • Pestisides and weedkillers
  • Medications and antibiotics
  • Inspect your septic tank regularly
  • Install a prefilter in your septic tank
  • Avoid directing surface water from your foundation drain, gutters and pool towards the septic tank
  • Avoid using a garborator
  • Do not cover the leaching field with asphalt or ciment
  • Do not park your car, truck or heavy equipment on the leaching field
  • Do not build a terrace, patio, pool or shed on the leaching fields surface area
  • Do not overwater the grass on the leaching field surface and surrounding area
  • Do not plant trees or bushes on the leaching field or in proximity

Regular maintenance of your septic system:

  • Every 2 years for a main residence
  • Every 4 years for a seasonal residence (180 days or less each year)

Never inspect or empty a septic tank yourself, the gas emitted could be deadly. Call on a professional from Sani-Nord, we are the specialists in cleaning and in maintenance of septic tanks for over 50 years.

For more information on how to adopt good habits to preserve your septic system, consult the web site of the Ministère du Développement durable, Environnement, Faunes et Parcs.

Signs there may be a problem with your septic system

Warning, if you witness the following anomalies and/or default of your septic system:

  • Soil that is saturated with water around the septic tank or purification system

  • The grass around the leaching field is spongy or sodden and is exceptionally green.

  • Septic odours around the leaching field zone

  • The evacuation of the used water in the pipes is not clearing correctly or there is a reflux in the toilettes.

  • Your well is contaminated (a water analysis of your well or your neighbors contains nitrates, colon bacillus, bacteria's or other contaminants)

  • A grey or black liquid appears on the surface of your land or the used waters form a puddle or bubbling/fermenting on the surface of the leaching field.

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If one or more of the above signs appears, contact a Sani-Nord specialist as soon as possible.