A holding tank holds sewage in a single compartment, allowing it to hold a limited amount of sewage. They are used in locations where septic tanks aren’t a practical option. When the sewage must be pumped out, vacuum truck services are required; they will collect the sewage and send it to a municipal treatment system.
Safety code regulations in Alberta call for installation of sewage holding tanks to adhere to the Alberta Private Sewage System Standard of Practice (SOP). The SOP indicates that septic tanks must meet Canadian Standards Association standards. However, they provide little guidance about the sizing of a sewage holding tank, only requiring a 1-day capacity. No matter what size holding tank you have, Magnan – NSD Vac Truck Services can handle the waste removal. We offer vacuum truck services Edmonton residents and commercial clients can rely on.
Choosing a Holding Tank
Holding tanks are buried in the ground to collect sewage. When choosing what size holding tank to have on your property, you should first consider the expected volume of sewage. This volume will be influenced by the number, age, gender, and behaviors of the residents and by the characteristics of your plumbing fixtures.
You’ll also want to consider the hauling capacity of commercial sewage haulers in the area. Magnan – NSD Vac Truck Service hosts trucks that can carry very large amounts of sewage. This means you can have a larger holding tank because we are able to empty holding tanks of just about any size.
Holding tanks can hold anywhere from 4600 litres to 23,346 litres. So while they need to be emptied more frequently than other systems, holding tanks have larger capacities than some septic tanks. To this end, holding tanks are often a good option for commercial properties, where septic tank leeching field building is prohibited. Holding tanks are also good options for residential properties where soil conditions and space limitations prevent the installation of septic tanks.
When to Pump Your Holding Tank
The frequency with which you’ll need to have your holding tank emptied will depend on several factors, including the size of the tank and the amount of water you use. There is no specific timeline for holding tank pumping, as it really depends on your use of water. Everything that uses water, including showers, toilets, dishwashers, etc., will drain into your holding tank. If the holding tank becomes full, it can back up into your house, causing a gross mess that will need to be fixed promptly. Many holding tanks are pumped every 6-8 weeks, but it all depends.
Signs Your Holding Tank Is Full
While full holding tanks can back up into your home, this doesn’t happen very often. Most holding tanks have an alarm that will alert you when the holding tank is full, as long as your tank and alarm have been kept in good condition. Some holding tanks use dip sticks to determine how full the holding tank is, especially when there isn’t a working alarm to notify you.
Call Magnan for Holding Tank Service in Edmonton
As you can imagine, because holding tanks do not process sewage like septic tanks, they need to be serviced rather frequently in comparison to other systems. Even with that in mind, holding tanks are the right choice in situations where septic tanks cannot be installed. Call Magnan – NSD Vac Truck Service today for holding tank service in Edmonton, including pumping and repairs.