North Bay Septic Tank Pumping Service – Benoit Septic

Septic Services in North Bay, Ontario

Need septic tank pumping services in North Bay, ON? Got a septic emergency? Is your septic tank backing up? Benoit Septic is here to help.

Benoit Septic specializes in;

  1. Septic tank pumping and cleaning. Emergency? You can count on us. Our pumping service and includes FREE septic tank inspection.
  2. Grease trap pumping and servicing.
  3. Portable toilet rentals.

Simply need advice? Give us a call for some free advice.

North Bay Septic Contact

We service North Bay and all surrounding areas: Astorville, Balsam Creek, Bonfield, Callendar, Chisholm, Corbeil, Diver,Eau Claire, Eldee, Feronia, Field, Kipawa, Lost Channel, Martin River, Mattawa, New Liskeard, Nipissing Indian Reserve, Nipissing Village, Powassan, Redbridge, Restoule, Rutherglen, South River, Sturgeon Falls, Sundridge, Temagami, Thorne, Tilden Lake, Trout Creek, Trout Lake, Verner.

Not sure if your tank needs to be serviced?

Septic tanks servicing frequency depends on tank size, and number of people using the facilities. The following chart gives a rough estimate of how often your septic tank should be pumped:

Septic Pumping Frequency

Signs that may indicate your septic tank needs to be pumped:

The following signs may also indicate septic problems;

  • Excessive odors coming from the tank or from the house.
  • Difficulty flushing toilets or draining water.
  • Water or septic material coming from water outlets.
  • Excessive grass growing from septic field (this means your septic material is not flowing into the soil properly).

North Bay Septic Contact

Portable toilet rentals:

Portable toilet rentals available for $100/week or $225/month.

  • Clean and modern portable toilets.
  • Large units with lockable doors.
  • Choice of green or gray (see picture).

Benoit Septic Portable Toilet

North Bay Septic Contact

Benoit Septic Homeowner’s Guide

How a septic tank works …

Waste from house plumbing (sinks, showers, toilets, laundry) flows through house drain pipes into a two-part system:

1) A septic tank, whose job is to retain solid waste and begin the process of breaking down contaminants.  This process occurs without oxygen, so the tank needs to be sealed.

2) A soil absorption system whose job is to permit liquid from the tank to seep into the soil.   This consists of underground perforated pipes which evenly distribute liquid into the soil. Bacteria which occur naturally in the soil digest impurities such as suspended solids, organic chemicals, viruses and bacteria.  The resulting purified liquid is then safely absorbed by surrounding groundwater.

There is some bacterial action in the tank but most of it, and all of the important action occurs in the absorption field. français

 Why it needs to be pumped …

The job of the septic tank is to keep solids from flowing out into the soil absorption system. Floating wastes (such as grease) collect in the scum layer and heavier solid wastes settle to the bottom of the tank forming the sludge layer. You can see that the “tees” (or baffles) permit only liquid to flow out of the tank to the soil absorption system.  Should these layers accumulate, solids will flow out and clog the soil absorption system.

If you wait until there are odours, slow drains, sewage backups, or sewage coming up in the yard, its probably too late to avoid costly repairs to the soil absorption system.

You can avoid repairs by having the tank pumped regularly.

Septic Tank Pumping Frequency in Years

Household size – Number of Occupants












Septic Tank Pumping Frequency in Years

500 5.8 2.6 1.5 1.0 0.7 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.1
750 9.1 4.2 2.6 1.8 1.3 1.0 0.7 0.6 0.4 0.3
900 11.0 5.2 3.3 2.3 1.7 1.3 1.0 0.8 0.7 0.5
1000 12.4 5.9 3.7 2.6 2.0 1.5 1.2 1.0 0.8 0.7
1250 15.6 7.5 4.8 3.4 2.6 2.0 1.7 1.4 1.2 1.0
1500 18.9 9.1 5.9 4.2 3.3 2.6 2.1 1.8 1.5 1.3
1750 22.1 10.7 6.9 5.0 3.9 3.1 2.6 2.2 1.9 1.6
2000 25.4 12.4 8.0 5.9 4.5 3.7 3.1 2.6 2.2 2.0
2250 28.6 14.0 9.1 6.7 5.2 4.2 3.5 3.0 2.6 2.3
2500 30.9 15.6 10.2 7.5 5.9 4.8 4.0 3.5 3.0 2.6


 Septic tank additives or “rejuvenators” are not needed in your septic tank.

Some additives such as yeast or harsh chemicals can actually damage the septic system. Yeast can cause frothing and excessive activity in the septic tank, preventing normal settling of solids and coagulation of greases. This agitation forces solid waste into the drainfield and by clogging the soil, shortens its life. Other septic chemicals can contaminate the environment.

In general, septic system chemicals are not needed and are not recommended. Chemicals and other additives promoted to keep a septic system “healthy” or “free-flowing” or “nourished” are not required nor recommended by expert sources.

Pumping the septic tank regularly is the main thing that will extend the life of your septic system.

Signs of septic system problems …

  • Toilets or drains backed up.
  • Foul odours in the house or drinking water.
  • Soggy ground around septic tank or absorption area.
  • Surface flooding of sewage.
  • Unusually green or thick grass around absorption area.
  • High levels of nitrates, bacteria or other contaminants in well water.

Tips on maintaining your septic system …

  • Reduce water use.  Too much water will overload a septic system.
  • Pump tank every 3-5 years to keep soil absorption system clear of solids.
  • Use garbage disposals sparingly.  These solids are not digested very well (if at all) by the septic tank.  Pump septic tank more frequently.
  • Never construct such things as pavement,  patios or sheds over or in proximity to soil absorption area.  The bacterial action required to neutralize septic liquid requires oxygen and this will limit oxygen from getting into the soil.
  • Do not allow any traffic over absorption area.  This can crush pipes or compact the soil in the summer and reduce the natural insulation provided by snow cover in the winter.
  • Install lint filter on your washing machine to keep lint out of your septic system.
  • Use liquid detergents.
  • Do not plant trees or shrubs in the absorption area. Roots can clog the perforated pipes and shade the absorption area thereby limiting evaporation.
  • Keep a good cover of grass over the absorption area to help with evaporation.
  • Do not water grass in absorption area.  Extra water in the soil will reduce its ability to absorb septic liquid.
  • Install access risers to allow access to the tank without digging.
  • Keep septic tank lids closed!   The tank contains deadly gases that can kill you. There is no oxygen in the tank and bacterial action works best without it.

 Some liquids can kill bacteria in the septic tank interfering with normal digestion of solids to liquids.  And even if a particular substance does not damage bacterial action, dumping it down your drain can damage the environment or contaminate well water.

What can be flushed into septic tank IN MODERATION:

  • Ammonia –  in normal dilute quantities such as from mopping a kitchen floor.
  • Bleachif you’re doing a lot of washing using lots of bleach, consider using an oxygen bleach product (sodium percarbonate) as an alternative. Large quantities can damage the septic system.
  • Epsom Salts –  such as used to bathe feet, at normal use.
  • Household Cleaners –  detergents, fabric softeners, shampoos, and bath soap, at normal levels of household use.
  • Liquor – a bottle or two of unwanted liquor is ok.

What SHOULD NEVER be flushed into septic tank:

  • Toilet bowl cleaners, drain cleaners
  • Fats, oils, grease
  • Gasoline, Antifreeze
  • Photographic solutions
  • Cat box litter
  • Coffee grounds
  • Cigarette filters
  • Furniture polish
  • Oils such as used motor oil or unwanted cooking oil
  • Paints of any kind, latex, oil, alkyd, acrylic, water-based
  • Pesticides
  • Putty
  • Paint thinners
  • Varnishes
  • Antibiotics
  • Hydrochloric acid (HCl)
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