Spring is finally here and while you’re sprucing up your lawn this year, take a moment to also consider sprucing up what lies beneath your lawn – your trusty septic system.  Have you had it pumped out and inspected in the last three to five years?  If not, it might be time to book an appointment with your local septic pumper.

Hidden beneath your lawn, your septic system quietly treats all the wastewater your home produces and requires very little in return.  However, “out of sight” often leads to “out of mind” for many landowners.   Without periodic pump-outs and inspections, your septic system could be at risk of failure, which could lead to contamination of local streams, wetlands and drinking water for yourself or your neighbours.

Find a septic pumper in your postal code by visiting www.oowa.org/find_an_expert/l-m-files.htm.  Once the tank has been pumped out, its condition will be evaluated for cracks or erosion in the concrete, and ill fitting lids.  The septic pumper may suggest adding an effluent filter to an older tank to bring it up to modern building code.   Effluent filters extend the life of your leaching bed by preventing solids from leaving the tank and are relatively inexpensive to install.  Another inexpensive upgrade is to add risers to bring your tank lids up to surface level.  These allow easy access in future and prevent you having to dig up your lawn each time you need a pump-out.  Having these lids visible at the surface might also remind you to pump-out more regularly.

If your septic system shows more serious symptoms such as slow drains, foul smells or if you have a high bacteria count in your well water, you’ll need to enlist the services of a more qualified septic inspector (also found at the above link).

To learn more, join us at our next Well and Septic Social on Saturday, June 15.  This interactive workshop will offer maintenance tips for septic systems and drinking water wells, and highlight the underground connection between them.


Well and Septic Social

Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.Dodds Court, Orangeville
Cost: Free
Call 1-800-668-5557 ext. 436 or visit www.creditvalleyca.ca/events to register.
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