At Alberta Septic Systems we strive to be a valuable resource for our community of South Snohomish County and all King County.
Here is information and resources for locating your septic system and a list of do’s and don’ts for general septic system care. If you have any questions or need assistance with any aspect of your septic system do not hesitate to call or email us anytime.
You can locate your septic system in a variety of ways:
- Contact the Health Department office and ask them for a copy of the “AsBuilt” for your residence.
- Snohomish County AsBuilts
- King County AsBuilts
- Alberta Septic Systems has expert technicians that use a variety of state-of-the-art probing and electronic locating techniques to locate your septic system.
Septic Care Do’s and Don’ts
There are many ways that homeowners can reduce the amount of problems that lead to replacements and repairs by taking care of their system with these helpful tips:
Septic System do’s
- Conserve water to reduce the amount of wastewater that must be treated & disposed of by your system.
- Divert down spouts and other surface water away from your tank and drain field. Too much water keeps the soil from adequately cleaning the wastewater.
- Repair any leaking faucets or toilets. To detect toilet leaks, add several drops of food dye to the toilet tank and see if the dye ends up in the bowl.
- Keep your septic tank cover accessible for inspections and pumping. Install risers with lids, if necessary.
- Have your septic tank inspected and pumped regularly by a licensed septic tank contractor such as Alberta Septic Systems. Suggested frequency is 3-5 years. Pumping your septic tank is the single most important thing you can do to protect your system. If the buildup of solids in the tank becomes too high and solids move to the drainfield, this could clog and strain the system to the point where a new drainfield will be needed.
Septic System don’ts
- Don’t use your toilet as a trash can or poison your system and the groundwater by pouring harmful chemicals and cleansers down the drain. Harsh chemicals can kill the bacterium that helps to purify the wastewater, however normal bleach use is acceptable.
- Don’t drive over your tank & drain field or compact the soil in any way.
- Don’t dig around the tank or drain field, or build anything over it, and don’t cover it with a hard surface such as concrete or asphalt.
- Don’t use a garbage disposal, or at least limit its usage..
- Never enter a septic tank. Toxic gases from the tank can kill. If your system develops problems, get advice from Alberta Septic Systems.
- Certain laundry detergents are better than others. Please contact Alberta for tips on which types are best.
For more information about septic system care, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair, contact Alberta Septic Systems for all of your septic system needs at 425-271-6524.