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The TAL Blog of Onsite Water & Sewage Solutions

With over 34 years of experience with onsite water and sewage solutions in Alberta and British Columbia, Tanks-A-Lot Ltd. knows cisterns, septic tanks and other concrete storage options inside and out. Take a moment to read our blog and learn more about the uses, applications and limitations of septic tanks, wastewater systems and other useful concrete structures.

What do I need to do to maintain my septic tank?

03/10/2017 By Tanksalot
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Septic Tank Maintenance

Proper maintenance of your septic tank is crucial for the system to work properly. It is easy to do and should be done every 6 month to a year. Having a well maintained tank will also help with the longevity of your pumps and dispersal field.

Step 1:  Visual/Smell

What’s this new MBBR technology all about……..

02/06/2017 By Tanksalot
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MBBR Technology

Although Moving bed bio-film reactor (MBBR) may seem like a new technology, it’s been around since the late 1980s.  As a proven wastewater treatment method for residential and commercial applications, in over 50 countries, MBBR has a track record of out performing all other systems.  MBBR’s high performance and low... Read More

Alberta Septic System Planning

06/12/2014 By tanksalot
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Tanks-A-Lot is a manufacturer of septic tanks and supplier of materials to the industry but we don’t install systems, therefore it would be difficult for us to give you a price to complete the project. In our Guide to Septic Systems we discuss a little bit about the costs when installing systems but don’t discuss ... Read More

Septic Tank Life

05/01/2013 By tanksalot
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Septic tanks can have a life of 50 years or longer if they are well cared for. Unfortunately most homeowners do not know what the dos and don’ts are of caring for a tank and consequently some septic tanks do not serve households to their fullest potential. Here are just few not-so-obvious tips that will increase the long... Read More

Using SPIN For Septic System Design

01/14/2013 By tanksalot
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The Alberta Private Sewage Systems Standard of Practice 2009 requires a Site Evaluation to be completed as a prerequisite to completing a septic system design and applying for a permit.  Among other things, the Site Evaluation Report must include the address and legal description of the property, the parcel identification number, and a dimensi... Read More

4 Tips When Installing Wastewater Tanks

08/22/2012 By tanksalot
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When installed correctly, concrete wastewater tanks can last for many years. Listed below are some installation tips that will help make your tank operate trouble free for years to come.

  1. Place the tank in a location that the vacuum truck can access without obstructions; this will mitigate the risk of the truck getting too close ... Read More

4 Factors to Consider Before Buying a Septic or Holding Tank

08/16/2012 By tanksalot
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It is only a matter of time until most homeowners come to the disappointing realization that purchasing a new septic tank or holding tank in Alberta can be an expensive job; that’s why it is critical that many factors are considered and not let pricing be the only deciding factor in your decision. Listed below are 4 things that every person s... Read More

Every Reason to Install a Septic and Cistern Tank Alarm System

07/21/2012 By tanksalot
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High and low level alarms can be an invaluable tool to a homeowner, especially if they are not familiar with the functions of a septic tank. The concept behind high and low level alarms is based on “out of sight, out of mind”, meaning the alarms are there so that you do not have to constantly check the fluid level of your tank and you have p... Read More

5 Things to Consider When Sizing Cistern Holding Tanks

07/11/2012 By tanksalot
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It is common that homeowners experience a great deal of grief when trying to decide on the ideal size of cistern for their household. Unlike septic tanks, cisterns are sized to a house or facility based on the amount of people and gallons used per day. Typically, household cisterns are purchased in 1500, 2000, 2200 and 270... Read More

Septic Tanks and Wastewater Treatment Systems

06/29/2012 By tanksalot
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Wastewater treatment systems and septic tanks are both a great way for a household to expel unwanted sewage. Although they are based on the same idea of safely discarding sewage, they each have unique qualities that can help determine which method is best for you.

Septic Tanks

Septic tanks have two compartments; one that allows s... Read More