Design,
Install and Repair

Design, Install and Repair

If you require a new septic system or a repair to your current system, give us a call at
(705) 727-1980 or email info@gebinnie.ca We will be happy to visit your site and recommend a design that will suit your needs and your budget.

Repair

Failing Systems – the main reasons are:

  • Hydraulic Overload – the system builds up with bio matte and is unable to release effluent into the subsoil and therefore backs up.
  • Roots – tree roots take over the system and fill the pipes. Effluent is unable to be released into the subsoil and therefore backs up.
  • Damage – traffic or heavy equipment going over the bed will throw pipes off-level or crush them. Never drive anything over your septic system and never store anything heavy on top of your septic system.

What to Look for:

  • Smells – any odour coming from the bed area
  • Wetness or puddling or water laying on top of the bed area
  • Plumbing drains draining slowly
  • Wetness over the top of the septic tank
  • Liquid from the septic tank is past the bottom of the outlet pipe, with liquid lying in the pipe

Design

The sizing of a septic system is determined by the soil in the ground. Sandy soil with a low Silt content is best. If you have clay soil, a high water table, or a water table that is elevated at certain times of the year, then importing sand and / or raising your system is what has to be done to ensure that your system will work properly.

Leaching fields and septic tanks need certain clearance from wells, swimming pools, property lines, buildings, rivers, lakes, ponds, reservoirs and springs. Therefore they are not necessarily placed where they are aesthetically preferred, but where the system can meet all these requirements

Install

Following are brief descriptions of the main systems used today:

Trenchbeds

  • Trenchbeds have been around for as long as plumbing. They consist of a septic tank and a leaching field. The leaching fields are laterals made up of perforated pipe surrounded by Clear Stone. The perforated pipe is connected to a Header which distributes effluent evenly throughout the leaching field.

Filterbeds

  • Filterbeds were used in problem areas before 1997 when Trenchbeds would not fit because of area restraints. They have been more commonly used since 1997 when the Ministry of Health passed sewage systems to the Building Departments and Filterbeds were then written into the Building Code. They are mostly chosen when compact sizing is necessary.

  • Filterbeds consist of a contact area and an expanded base. Both consist of special filter sand that is MOE (Ministry of Environment) approved. Above the filter sand is a layer of stone. Perforated pipe is spaced evenly over the stone and then more stone is layed to completely cover the perforated pipe.

Ecoflo systems

  • Ecoflo is a treatment unit that treats the effluent so that it is cleaner before entering the ground. This means the area required for the leaching field is much smaller than required with a Filterbed or a Trenchbed. These systems are guaranteed for life and require annual maintenance by the manufacturer.

    For more information on Ecoflo systems, please visit www.ecofloontario.com

Fast systems

  • Fast systems are treatment units that treat the effluent by an aeration system. It has an air pump which aerates the system to produce cleaner effluent and requires maintenance on an annual basis from a trained professional.

    For more information on Fast systems, please visit www.brooklin.com/fast.php or www.peti.ca

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