Septic Holding Tanks

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Septic Holding Tanks and Septic Fields.

Septic Source has the equipment required to pump out and clean all types of septic holding tanks. We have different size Vac Trucks for the large and smaller tank pump-out jobs. Our trucks are equipped to pump out any style of sewage collection systems. Specialized pump outs for airports, temporary housing camps, trailer parks, oil field camps serving Rocky-View, Foothills, and Mountain View MD districts. Give us a call for fast septic holding tank pump outs.

There are situations when a septic field isn’t feasible, in these situations a Septic holding tanks are used. This could be due to local regulations however here are some specific scenarios where a septic holding tank may be a necessary alternative to a septic field:

  • If you are building a new home or structure in a rural area where there is no access to a public sewer system, a septic holding tank may be necessary until a conventional septic system can be installed.
  • If the water table is too high in your area, it may be difficult to install a conventional septic system. A septic holding tank can be a good alternative.
  • If you have limited space on your property, a septic holding tank may be necessary as a temporary solution until a conventional septic system can be installed.
  • If the soil on your property is not suitable for a conventional septic system, a septic holding tank may be necessary.
  • Septic holding tanks can be used as a temporary solution for events, construction sites, or other situations where there is a temporary need for a waste disposal system.

It is important to note that septic holding tanks require regular pumping and maintenance to prevent overflow and maintain proper functioning. It is important to consult with a qualified professional to determine whether a septic holding tank is the best solution for your specific situation. Contact us today and we will ensure you are up and running in no time.

What is a Septic Holding Tank?

Holding tanks are large sealed leak proof tanks designed to safely hold sewage for removal via a Vacuum-Truck. The vac truck will then transport the sewage to a sewage disposal site. Holding tanks must meet CSA standards for use. Also known as sewage collection tanks, sewage collection tanks are sold in different sizes to collect sewage from small to very large dwellings.

In Alberta, are there governing guidelines that must be followed for septic holding tanks?

Yes, Alberta Private Sewage Systems Standard of Practice (SOP) Currently, the CSA B66-10 is the most up-to-date standards tank manufactures in Alberta can follow. Typically in Alberta, you are only required to contain one days worth of sewage. It is recommended to install a larger tank to reduce the trips a sewage hauling trucks will need to make to suck out and haul away the sewage. Keep in mind that Commercial Vac Trucks used to drain and remove the tank contents are around 2000 to 3000 imp gallons of capacity.

How are Septic Holding Tanks Different than Septic Tanks?

A septic tank differs from a septic holding tank in design and uses. A septic tank has baffles inside that separate the solids from the fluids, with the fluids (effluents) draining out of the tank either by gravity or pumping into a septic field or leaching pond. A septic Holding tank is simply a tank that stores the waste for removal via Vac Truck. A septic field system is far more efficient and considered the septic maintenance free choice whereas a holding tank will require pumping out every so often. Having a running toilet or dripping taps in the dwelling will quickly fill a septic holding tank to capacity requiring more frequent septic tank pump-outs. Local codes dictate if you are allowed to have either a septic field system or Septic holding tanks system.

Where would a Septic Holding Tank be required?

Commercial and residential holding tanks are practical when having a leach or septic field system or a sewage lift station pumping to a municipal treatment facility is not possible. Often you can find large sewage holding tanks used in airports, oil field camps, temporary housing infrastructures, even villages and towns may have septic holding tanks collecting waste from occupants

How are Septic Holding Tanks sized?

Sewage holding tanks are sized by the number of people, bedrooms or expected daily sewage volume. A one day holding limit is the current size standard in Alberta.

Do you have any Septic Holding Tank Tips?

  • Use water saving fixtures in the dwelling
  • Install in an area that will not allow ground water or run-off water into the tank
  • Install the tank in an area that is easily accessible for pump outs by large sewage haulers (Vac Trucks)
  • Follow local codes on install
  • Install tanks that are manufactured to the latest CSA standards.
  • Have the tank installed with a stand pipe “Quick Connect” for faster and cleaner pump-out service

Never allow hazardous waste to drain into the tank. Doing so will have your waste reclassified as “Hazardous Waste” which is very expensive to dispose of.
Never go into the tank for any reason. There are gases such as H2S that can and surely will cause serious injury or death in minutes.

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Extreme Pressure Wash also trades as Septic Source, Action Septic and ExPressure.

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