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The TAL Blog of Onsite Water & Sewage Solutions

With over 36 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.

4 Factors to Consider Before Buying a Septic or Holding Tank

08/16/2012 By tanksalot

Purchasing a new septic tank or holding tank in Alberta can be expensive; that is why it is critical that many factors, and not cost alone, are considered when making your decision. Listed below are 4 things that every person should consider before spending thousands of dollars on a septic or holding tank:

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Why You Should Install a Septic or Cistern Alarm System

07/21/2012 By tanksalot

A high or low level alarm can be an invaluable tool for 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. This also al... Read More

5 Things to Consider When Sizing Cistern Holding Tanks

07/11/2012 By tanksalot

It is common that homeowners experience a great deal of confusion 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 occupants, and the gallons of water used per day. Household cisterns are typically purchased in 1500... Read More

Septic Tanks and Wastewater Treatment Systems

06/29/2012 By tanksalot

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... Read More

The Difference between Holding Tanks and Septic Tanks

05/24/2012 By tanksalot

When coming to the decision of installing a wastewater tank, many people become overwhelmed with the vast amount of information available. Holding tanks and septic tanks both provide families and facilities with a space to store their wastewater, but they do have certain differences that can make a major impact on deciding which type of tank you... Read More

Alberta Septic System Cost

05/07/2012 By tanksalot

When people consider developing a new acreage, one of the first questions they ask is “how much does a septic system cost?”.  Answering a question like this is not as simple as it may first appear; many different variables must come into consideration such as lot size, site topography, soil conditions and home size.

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4 Things to Consider about Septic Tank Placement

04/18/2012 By tanksalot

Don’t put it too close:
Burying a septic tank too close to roadways with vehicle traffic can cause additional pressure on the septic tank, resulting in decreased longevity of the product.

Don't put it too far:
After a couple of years of use, the wastewater in a septic tank will accumulate a ... Read More

Sizing Your Septic Tank

04/09/2012 By tanksalot

It is important to size your septic tank properly; below are three factors to take into account when deciding to purchase a septic tank:

Number of bedrooms in the home
Always size the septic tank for the number of bedrooms in the home and not the number of current occupants. This is because number of occupants may f... Read More