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The Working of Your Ontario Home Sewage System

Not sure how your septic sewage system works? At A-1 Septic Pumping, we are happy to help you understand the working of your septic sewage system in the GTA. Contact us for more information.

SEPTIC Sewage Disposal System

Some properties might not be serviced by municipal sewers. These properties have a treatment system consisting of tanks and a network of pipes carrying wastewater from your home or commercial property. The natural bacteria present in the tank breaks down the waste to let the heavy solids settle down to the bottom and lighter scum floats on top. The liquid then passes through perforated pipes or weeping tiles for further purification. The water seeps through the ground, further being treated by bacteria and other soil organisms before entering the underground water.

Is Your Septic Tank Failing?

Inspecting your septic tank at intervals is important to keep it functional. Here are some signs your septic tank might not be functioning as you expect:

  • Backed up drains

  • Spongy spots near the leaching bed

  • Sewage on the ground surface

  • Unpleasant odour around the property

  • Murky well or surface water

  • More than 3 years since last service

  • Soil near tank becomes damp and sludgy

  • Sewage backup in bathroom and sink

  • Paving or planting gardens over septic tanks



  • DO have the tank cleaned/pumped every 2-3 years for the average family of 4.

  • DO use liquid laundry & dishwasher detergent instead of powder or plastic pods.

  • DO use 1 or 2 ply toilet tissue (back of the package will say SEPTIC FRIENDLY).

  • DO have the lids of the tank easily accessible in case of emergency.

  • DO use water moderately.

  • DO use soft water to prevent soap scum build-up in pipes and baffle areas.


  • DON’T put any type of food or grease in drains.

  • DON’T dispose of feminine products or baby/facial wipes in toilets.

  • DON’T overuse your system (back-to-back laundry/showers).

  • DON’T plant trees, shrubs etc. over the tile bed.

  • DON’T drive over a tile bed with heavy vehicles.

  • DON’T forget to have the system maintained (pumped) regularly.

Pump Every 3 Years

For a healthy and functional septic system, get your tank pumped regularly.


A-1 Septic Pumping

New Tecumseth, ON, L9R 1V4 

Phone: 905-939-4693

Phone: 1-888-465-5570


Winter Hours:

Sunday Closed

Monday - Friday 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

Saturday 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Emergency Services Pending Availability 

*Feel free to contact us via email as they are checked regularly*


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