We Are the Septic System Installation Experts in Windsor
Septic systems are an important part of many homes, especially in more rural areas. Any services to do with them should only be done by a licensed professional. Phoenix Drainage is a licensed septic designer and installer with a BCIN which is required to design and build the systems by the Ontario Building Code. We provide septic system design, installation, decommission, and conversion for homes in the Windsor area.
We assess your property to determine what the best option is as permitted by the local municipality. For new systems, we require a set of drawings to show where the house sits on the property and take the appropriate plans to the municipality for their approval and permit.
If you have an existing home with a septic system and you want to put an addition onto your home or install a bathroom in an outbuilding, you will likely have to upgrade your system. We can help with that too!
Please note that we do not offer services to empty septic tanks unless we are doing a changeover nor do we do maintenance on septic systems.
Septic Designs and Installs
Designing and installing a septic system is a process that needs to be done correctly to ensure the system functions as required. Phoenix Drainage can carry out the design and installation of septic systems, whether for new construction or a replacement of an existing system.
Decommissioning a septic system requires a lot of cleanup and restoration and should only be done by an experienced licensed professional. Phoenix Drainage can execute the decommissioning of any septic system that no longer sees use so you can use the property for other purposes.
Changeovers from Septic to Sanitary
Most homeowners are not in a position to choose whether their home comes with a sewer line or a septic system. However, as cities expand, many properties are brought within the limits of the city’s sewer system and can be changed over from a septic system. The choice is yours!
Handling this conversion should be done by a licensed professional, like Phoenix Drains. We have lots of experience in helping homeowners convert their systems from septic to sanitary.
What is the Purpose of a Sump Pump?The purpose of a sump pump is to remove water from your basement or crawlspace and keep these areas dry. It also has several other purposes you may not realize. In cases where the water table is high, water from the soil can damage the foundation. As the water flows downward, the sump pump takes it away from the house and foundation.
What is a Cleanout and How Can It Help You?A blocked sewer pipe often becomes a costly and destructive problem for building owners. Partially blocked pipes result in the slow draining of sinks, basins, toilets and tubs. Totally blocked pipes usually result in sewage backing up through floor drains or fixtures, often causing property damage and potential health hazards. Cleanouts are the answer to fixing these issues. To easily clear any blockage that may occur a cleanout would be installed. Cleanouts can be installed inside the home to investigate the sewer pipe. A clean-out can also be installed outside the home or building for the same purpose, to access the sanitary sewer for investigation. At Phoenix Drainage, we will typically install them outside and use the less intrusive method of hydro-excavation to install them.
How Do Backwater Valves Work?Your home’s sewer system allows water and sewage to flow out of the house. A backwater valve will stop water or sewage from flowing into your house should the main sewer line become overloaded. In most cases, you can check to see if it’s working properly by looking through the clear cover on the backwater valve access box. Inside the valve is a small flap that is normally open allowing water to exit your home. It also allows any sewer gases to be vented. There is a small floatation device on each side of the flap. If water or sewage starts to flow back into the house, these floaters cause the flap to lift up and close, thus preventing anything from entering your home. When the water stops coming back towards the house, gravity will allow the flap to fall into the open position again, allowing water and sewage to resume flowing out of the house. If this backwater valve is being put in an existing home, as opposed to being installed in the initial construction, a permit from your municipality is needed. We will have to cut a hole in the concrete floor, usually near the floor drain. We will dig down to the main sewer line, cut out a portion, and replace it with the new valve. These valves often have a clear top so you can see if it is operating properly. There is a lid that can be removed for cleaning. Without a properly placed and installed backwater valve, sewage could come into the basement through a floor drain, sinks, tubs, and toilets. Your home will require the installation of a sump pit and pump when you have a backwater valve installed.
What are Backwater Valves?A backwater valve (sometimes called a backflow or sewer backup valve) is a valve you can install on your sewer line and is designed to allow water or sewage to flow only one way, that is out of your house. Anytime there is a sudden heavy rainfall, the city sewer lines can become overwhelmed, causing water or sewage to flow back toward your home. If there is a sewer system backup, and you have a backwater valve in place, sewage will not be able to flow back into your house. Phoenix Drainage is an approved contractor with the City of Windsor. They currently have a basement protection program in place. Backwater valves and sump pumps with pits are all part of that program. Contact the City of Windsor to find out more or simply call our office and we can inform you of the details. Backwater valves are required by some municipalities and recommended by others. The risk of water backup increases if there is a basement in your home or if the ground floor is less than a foot above street level. If a new home has any fixtures located lower than the street level, The National Plumbing Code requires you to have a backwater valve installed.
How Often Should I Have My Sewage System Inspected?It is generally recommended that you have a licensed sewage hailer or on-site sewage system professional inspect your system every 3 to 5 years, and pump out any solids and scum when needed.
What Are the Signs of a Failing Septic System?A failing septic system can have serious health implications for you, your family, and your neighbours, plus it will pollute nearby streams, lakes, and groundwater resources. Some common signs of a failing system include: Foul odours in your home or yard Wet spongy ground or lush plant growth that appears near the septic tank or disposal field Fixtures in the house are backed up or drain more slowly than usual Sewage surfacing over the dispersal field (especially after heavy rainfall) Signs of significant algae growth in or around nearby lakes or water bodies High levels of nitrates, bacteria (E.coli) or other contaminants in well water If you suspect your system may be failing, you should call a licensed company such as Phoenix Drainage immediately. The most practical long-term solution would be to re-design and replace the system, a job that should only be completed by a qualified contractor.