Septic Information

THE SEPTIC SYSTEM

Septic systems are underground wastewater treatment plants, commonly used in rural areas away from centralized sewer systems. The treatment process is a combination of nature and proven technology from the household. Cleaning durations will depend on the size and number of residents, their personal water usage and water using appliances in the home. On average it should be 3-5 years between cleanings to avoid damage. You never want the sludge or scum layers of your tank to fill more than approximately 30% of your tank’s volume.

THE SEPTIC TANK

A septic tank is an underground chamber made of concrete, fiberglass, or plastic through which domestic wastewater (sewage) flows for basic treatment. “Septic” is the anaerobic bacterial environment that develops in the tank that decomposes or mineralizes the waste discharge in the tank. The septic tank removes settleables and floatable solids from the waste water. The soil absorption field then filters and treats the clarified septic tank effluent and distributes it through the soil. Removing the solids from the wastewater protects the soil absorption system from clogging and failure. In addition to removing solids, the septic tank also promotes biological digestion of a portion of the solids and stores the remaining undigested portion. If solids overflow it will cause backups, septic fields to flood and fail. Bacterial deficiency and infrequent pumping cycles are two main factors why this occurs.

Environment Commitment​

It is your right to choose a pumping company in the Comox Valley. Your provider is subject to disposing of all the waste collected from your site in a conscious manner. GC Septic N Drain disposes of all waste in Approved Waste Treatment Location. We will NOT dispose of any septic or solid waste in fields or waterways. The core of our business is being environmentally conscious. We will help you meet or exceed your personal goals for environmental stewardship.

Our Tank pumping Service & Maintenance

Septic Tank Pumping is a routine maintenance task and the most basic service you’ll need every 2-5 years depending on the size and number of people in the house. Our pumping service will include pumping out all the material from your tank. The scum layer must be disrupted and the sludge layer mixed with the liquid portion in your tank. The goal is to remove the scum and sludge layers during the pumping process so the entire septic system performs efficiently. A neglected system will overflow and back up, polluting ground water, have extremely unpleasant odours and probably have to be replaced.

We kindly ask that you leave us space for the pump truck and accessibility to your tank access ports as close as possible. Please make sure access ports on your tank are dug out and readily accessible before we arrive. We will remove access covers, clean tank, quick assessment of tank and system then ensure lids are reinstalled and secured prior to departure. Please provide access to a garden hose to spray out the tank while cleIf hose is not available please provide a serviceable water faucet. If you aren’t aware of the tank location we will do are best to find the tank without disturbing the yard. If still unsuccessful we are equipped with analog underground locating equipment.

Septic System Installation and Repair

GC Septic N Drain is your septic system and holding tank pumping team in the Comox Valley and surrounding areas. If there are problems detected with your tank, d box, pumps, leach field or piping we can carry out repairs within the approved scope of work under the septic regulating body. If repairs fall outside of our approval level we can recommend approved designated ROWP septic system installers/inspectors within the region.

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us for any septic system or drain service inquiries.

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