Septic System Management Overview

Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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Septic Management Overview

Installation of a septic systemIf you've never before owned a home with a septic system, how it operates might seem a bit mysterious. Perhaps you're a bit concerned because of some questionable experiences visiting friends who lived in the country. You're wondering whether a septic system will be able to handle all your laundry needs and what habits you'll have to change. You'd like to feel certain that what goes down your toilet doesn't come back to haunt you - and your neighbours.

While it's true that a malfunctioning septic system can be a nasty as well as costly problem, maintaining your system regularly should keep it working as well as most municipal sewage systems. Septic maintenance is an important part of your rural property investment and it's actually cheaper and more environmentally friendly than a municipal sewage system. In fact, we should all be treating municipal systems just like septic systems simply because it's better for the environment.

The following links will take a lot of the mystery out of septic system operation and will help you learn what you need to do to keep your system in good working order.

A fact sheet about your septic system is available from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. This fact sheet provides detailed information about how a conventional septic system works and what to have checked before you buy a home. They also provide a printable version (PDF, 565 kb) of this fact sheet. The Family Handyman also provides some helpful information about buying a toilet that will consider all of your needs, including the need to conserve water.

Septic Smart: Understanding Your Home's Septic System, published by the provincial and federal governments, is an excellent 12-page booklet that describes how a septic system works and what you need to do to maintain it.

A Guide to Operating and Maintaining Your Septic System, published by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH), also describes the do's and don't's of septic maintenance. In Ontario, the MMAH has provincial oversite for administering septic regulations, which it delegates to municipalities. Many municipalities have now instituted septic re-inspection programs to help maintain water quality within their regions and you will be notified of the re-inspection schedule.

Care and Feeding of Your Septic System is a 14-page "owner's manual" published by The Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association which not only includes preventive maintenance tips but also humourous sketches .

The Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations offers a variety of information and resources related to septic system management.

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Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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