Frequently Asked Questions

Below are several frequently asked questions about our organization.  You can also reach out to us by email info@pelicanex.ca, phone 226-706-8711 or by completing the form below.

How often should I have my septic tank pumped out?

If your septic tank is not pumped out regularly every 3-5 years, the sludge and scum can build up to thick levels resulting in possible backup, or bed failure.

Should I avoid flushing certain materials when I’m on a septic system?

Your septic system is only designed to handle organic waste. Paints and hard chemicals will kill the bacteria essential to breaking down the organic waste in your septic tank and leaching bed. Cooking grease, fats, and oils can congeal within your septic tanks and pipes leading to blockages, backups, and leaching bed failure.

How does my septic tank work? Is there anything I can do to prevent issues with it?

A typical septic tank is called a primary treatment tank. It is made up of two compartments, an inlet, and an outlet. Your inlet is made up of three layers; a) sludge (bottom layer) b) scum (top layer) and c) liquid (middle layer). The middle layer flows through into the second compartment, and from there to your leaching bed. Each septic tank should be outfitted with an effluent filter. This filter is installed on the outlet side of the tank and keeps suspended solids and sediment from entering your leaching bed. Installation and regular maintenance of an effluent filter can prolong the life of your leaching bed.

Is there anything I shouldn’t do to my property if I have a septic system?

Never smother your septic system by installing an above ground pool, structure, driveway, or irrigation over top of your leaching bed. Your leaching bed requires organic growth and oxygen transfer. Additional water through irrigation can unnecessarily load your leaching bed causing it to work extra hard.

How do I know when my septic system needs to be replaced? 

There are a couple of ways to know when your septic system may be nearing the end of its life. 
1) Ponding, or continuous saturation on your lawn. 
2) Septic smell during or right after a period of heavy rain or spring thaw. 
3) Backups into the septic tank or into your dwelling. 
4) Dark green lines on your lawn.

What is a soil analysis and why do I need one done before I get a new septic system?

Each new residential septic system is designed based on your T-time and your total daily designed sanitary sewage flow. T-time refers to the number of minutes it takes for one centimeter of water to permeate into the soil. A clay or very silty soil would typically be classified as a T-50, meaning it takes fifty minutes for one centimeter of water to permeate into the ground. You will require an engineer to complete a soil analysis so they can design your new septic system. Your engineer will require the following information on your dwelling to figure out your total daily designed sanitary sewage flow:
1) Number of bedrooms
2) Total square footage
3) Total fixture units

Do I need to call a separate company to remove my old septic tank, prior to getting my new one installed? 

No, we’ll decommission your old septic tank and remove it if required. 

How long should I expect to be without my washroom facilities during installation?

We’ll install your new tank and connect it to your house immediately after removing your old one so you’ll only be without the use of your facilities for a few hours!

Will my new septic system be environmentally friendly?

Yes! We’re proud members of Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association and follow industry best practices. This includes only using trusted materials that we know are good for the environment on every installation.

How long should I expect my new septic system to last?

With proper care — including regular maintenance and pump outs — your septic system should last for 25-30 years.

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About Pelican Excavating

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At Pelican, we believe there’s a better way to experience construction — with less mess, less confusion and less frustration. Whether you’re replacing your septic system or building a new home, there’s already enough on your plate. You need an excavation partner who understands what’s at stake and can make your life easier. It’s time for a new experience with a team that’s simply dependable.

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