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WHY CHOOSE US?
High Country Vac Services has been one of the most preferred septic service providers in Okotoks, Calgary and throughout Alberta. We have a single-axle truck available for sensitive landscapes around your residence. We are fully committed to upholding the highest health and safety standards in the industry. You can be assured that your home’s septic system’s evaluation and maintenance will be performed with the utmost safety and efficiency.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What To Do if Your Septic Tank Freezes?
You might know that subzero temperatures can freeze your pipes. But did you know that they can also do the same to your septic system? When your septic tank freezes, sludge can backflow into your property, filling your toilet, faucets and tub.
It is essential to remember you cannot handle a frozen septic tank without the necessary tools and expertise. The best course of action is to call professionals.
We’re available 24/7 to address your septic tank emergencies. Please call us for assistance whenever you require it.
What Are the Hazards of Tank Cleaning?
Often people wonder whether they can undertake a do-it-yourself approach to septic tank cleaning. The answer is a resounding no because doing so means exposing yourself and others to hazards. Septic tank cleaning comes with several risks, such as: Toxic fumes, Drinking water contamination, Asphyxiation, Explosion, and infections.
What are the signs of septic tank failure?
There are various signs of septic tank failure, such as sludge formation due to leaky pipes, sewage odour, frequent clogs and backups in your drains.
How should I maintain my septic tank?
Pump your septic tank at least once every 1-2 years and ensure regular inspection and maintenance services.
How Septic Systems Work
An illustrated look at how a typical household septic system works.
A septic system is a simple yet effective way to safely treat and dispose of your sewage and untreated wastewater. The most common type is the soil absorption system.
From here, the water flows to the septic system either through a siphon or an electric pump located inside the tank. Once the wastewater reaches the field, further decomposition takes place as the water gets filtered through the rock and soil. The septic field is usually composed of four or five pipes approximately 100 feet in length containing many holes.
Soiled water from the house (toilets, sinks, tubs, washing machine, etc.) enters the first compartment of the septic tank. While heavier solids settle to the bottom as sludge, the lighter particles float to the top forming a “scum” layer. So, what remains is wastewater. The wastewater is transferred to the second compartment of the tank through a transfer pipe.
These holes allow the water to escape and to be distributed evenly throughout the field. The pipes are embedded in crushed rock to allow for further distribution of the wastewater.
Insulation such as straw is often added to protect from freezing in the winter months. After the wastewater reaches this point, it is absorbed by the surrounding soil and enters the groundwater system.