When functioning correctly, your septic system is a safe and reliable way of treating household waste and wastewater. Septic systems need maintenance, repair and eventual replacement. Failing or improperly maintained septic systems can:
- Contaminate your water supply and that of your neighbours;
- Decrease your property value;
- Cause expensive repairs.
How to identify septic failure
Signs that your septic system may be failing include:
- A bad smell;
- An unpleasant-looking liquid in leaching bed;
- Spongy spots/sewage on or near the leaching bed;
- Slow moving or backed-up drains in your home;
- More lush vegetation over the septic bed;
- Broken or disconnected pipes;
- Not all warning signs are visible above ground-an inspection of the take is necessary to be certain.
The Township of Carling does not offer a septic service. For a number of builds a septic permit must be obtained from the North Bay – Mattawa Conservation Authority before the Township of Carlings Chief Building Official can issue you a building permit.
Contact: Parry Sound On-site Sewage System Office (NBMCA), 705-746-7566, 62 Bowes Street Parry Sound, ON, P2A 2L5, firstname.lastname@example.org
Caring for your septic system
Step 1: Pump regularly – Get your septic system pumped every 3 to 5 years
Step 2: Inspect often –Regular inspections every three years help prevent problems. Keep accurate records of your septic and maintenance and get your effluent filter checked and cleaned every year.
Sept 3: Pour and flush responsibly-Don’t pre down the drain or flush cooking oils, food waste, hazardous waste chemicals and harsh cleaning products.
Septic failure? Send the NBMCA a message.
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