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Septic Tanks in St John's, NL

Since 1999, D & S Vacuum Truck Services has provided installations and septic tank cleaning in St. John’s, Newfoundland. We have three trucks on-hand to serve you — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We Have the Right Vehicles for Septic Tank Cleaning in St. John's, NL

Our vehicles are specifically equipped for pumping and repairing current systems, as well as installing and supplying new systems. So if you need a repair or septic tank cleaning in St. John’s, NL, we’re the company to call!

We have a government approved septic designer on staff to create a distinct septic system to fit your new home or to replace your old system. If you have any questions about our septic tank installations, we invite you to ask you to call the D & S Vacuum Truck Services' office.

Know the Basics of Your Septic System

Your septic tank is a watertight box that is usually made of concrete, reinforced fiberglass or plastic. The tank is placed between your house and the disposal field and protects the field by storing the solids and grease from waste so that they are not able to reach the field. Your septic system is in place to protect your water supply, public health and the environment. The system works in the following manner:

1. Household waste enters the tank from your home.
2. The lighter solids and other light materials float to the surface of the tank, forming a layer called scum.
3. The heavier solids and any by-products of biological digestion settle to the bottom of the tank to form a layer called sludge.
4. The remaining liquid that does not contain any solids passes through the system and into the disposal field where it will be treated by the soil.

Septic System Maintenance

Though septic systems are usually less expensive to install and maintain than using central services, they often require more attention by the homeowner. If the system is not regularly maintained, problems can arise. Learn more about possible warning signs and proper maintenance by reading some common septic tank questions:

What are the warning signs of a failing septic system?

As always, proper maintenance is the best way to avoid failure of the system. If you’ve recently moved into a house or you can’t remember the last time someone took a look at your system, it’s probably time to schedule an inspection. If you notice any of the following signs, damage to your system may have already occurred:

  • Plumbing backups
  • Sluggish or slow drains in your house
  • Gurgling noises in the pipes or drains
  • Soft ground or greener grass in the area of the septic field
  • Sewage breakout on the surface of the disposal bed

What are some common causes of septic failure?

Improper maintenance is usually the cause of any septic system failures. It is best to educate yourself on the proper use of the system so that you understand the process and maintenance involved. Other failures are caused by:

  • Poor soil conditions or faulty design or installation of the system
  • Over use of system often caused by extra people living in the house or a leaky faucet
  • Unusually high water table causing flooding of the tank or the bed
  • Clogged pipes due to tree roots
  • Breakage of pipes caused by traffic driving over the disposal field
  • A clog in the pipe between the house and the septic tank

Will additives help to keep my tank and field working properly?

Regularly pumping your tank is the only way to properly maintain your system. Off the shelf additives may help to enhance necessary bacteria after a pumping, but continued use of these could cause damage to the field.

Is there anything else I can do to help my system work better?

Follow these guidelines to help prevent any septic malfunctions:

  • Repair or replace leaking or slow-draining plumbing fixtures regularly
  • Spread out water use so you do not overload the system
  • If you are expecting a high number of guests, have the system pumped before they arrive
  • If additional people are moving into the house permanently, you may need to expand the system
  • Reduce water use by taking shorter showers, turning off water when brushing teeth, etc.
  • Install water conserving fixtures
  • Use other methods, such as heat tape, to prevent freezing pipes rather than running water
  • Ensure the tank is watertight so groundwater cannot leak into it
  • Make sure the tank is located in an area where it is protected from unnecessary extra water like groundwater, roof and foundation drains, etc.

What should I know about disposal field care?

Keep these tips in mind in order to properly care for your disposal field:

  • Maintain sod cover to prevent erosion and control the amount of rainfall entering the field
  • Remove large trees from the immediate area to prevent roots from clogging pipes
  • Do not cover the field with a hard surface, vehicles should not drive over any part of the field as this can break pipes
  • Don’t stack wood or build a shed or raised garden over the system, the soil must be able to breathe

How often should the septic tank be pumped?

This depends on a variety of factors, including the number of people living in the household and the size of your tank. It is usually recommended to have the tank pumped every three to five years.

I want to have my tank pumped, but I don’t know where it’s located. What should I do?

If your house was built within the last 15 years, the location of your tank should be on file with the local department of environment. We are also able to provide locating services.

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