How does a septic system work?
Here is a link to the Ontario Association of Sewage Industry Services website. They have a great page on how a septic system works.
How often should my tank be pumped?
The frequency depends on the number of residents and tank size. An approximate guideline is
every 4 years for 3 people
every 3 years for 4 people
every 2 years for 5 people
yearly if more than 5 people
How can I find my tank?
In most cases a septic tank is about 5-10 feet away from the building. You can look in your basement or crawlspace to see where the main sewer drain goes out of the foundation wall. There is often a dry square in the grass where the septic tank is located. This happens because the bacteria in the tank keeps it warm and the soil above can get dried out.
Where is the waste disposed of?
All septic waste is disposed of at a Ministry of Environment approved location.
What should I look for when buying a home that has a septic system?