Residential FAQ

Q: How often should I clean my septic tank?

A: There is no cut and dry answer to this. First, what kind of septic system do you have? Second, how old is the septic system?

A good rule of thumb is a home septic system older than 10 years, with four or more people in the house, should be cleaned once a year. If three or less people are in the home, then cleaning should be done every two years. If your home is newer than 10 years you should contact us to establish a frequency.

Q: Do I really need to draw back on my mound when doing a cleaning?

A: Yes! Applying a controlled vacuum to the discharge line going to the mound accomplishes a number of good things:

The vacuum drawback ensures the DRV is open and operating;
It removes the sludge and solids buildup from the discharge line;
It ensures mound piping doesn’t build up sludge;
It ensures the orifice holes in the mound piping are open and not plugged; and
It oxygenates the top end of mound, thus giving bacteria a boost.

Q: Should I install a high level alarm?

A: ABSOLUTELY! A septic alarm can save/alert you of a potential backup into your home. As we all know, it’s not a case of if it will happen, but when it will happen. Eventually a mechanical failure will occur, as nothing lasts forever.

Q: What is a screen/basket and why should I have one?

A: A sewage screen became a mandatory item in the 2009 standards of practice. The purpose of a sewage screen is to reduce the amount of solids entering the septic pump and being pumped out to the treatment facility, giving the pump and the treatment facility a longer lifespan.

Q: Can you work on and/or build systems in Edmonton?

A: Yes! Strathcona Septic Tank Services is bonded & licensed to work in the City of Edmonton.