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The Essential Guide to Buying a Home: Understanding Septic System Inspections

Congratulations on your decision to buy a home! As you embark on this exciting journey, it’s essential to consider all aspects of the property you’re interested in, including the septic system. While a septic system might not be the most glamorous feature of a home, it plays a crucial role in its functionality and value. Here’s everything you need to know about septic system inspections when buying a home:

  1. Why Septic System Inspections Matter: A septic system inspection is a vital part of the home buying process, especially if the property relies on a septic tank for wastewater management. This inspection helps identify any issues with the system, such as leaks, blockages, or structural damage, which could be costly to repair if left unchecked.
  2. When to Schedule the Inspection: It’s crucial to schedule a septic system inspection as part of your due diligence before finalizing the purchase of a home. Ideally, this inspection should take place after you’ve made an offer on the property and it has been accepted but before closing. This timing allows you to uncover any potential issues and negotiate repairs or adjustments with the seller if necessary.
  3. What to Expect During the Inspection: A qualified septic system inspector will conduct a thorough assessment of the entire system, including the tank, distribution lines, drain field, and any associated components – that can be visibly seen when the tank is pumped. They will look for signs of deterioration, damage, or malfunction, such as standing water, odors, or lush vegetation over the drain field. The inspector may also perform tests to check the system’s functionality and capacity.
  4. Potential Red Flags to Watch Out For: During the inspection, be on the lookout for any signs of trouble with the septic system. These may include slow drainage, gurgling sounds from drains, sewage odors, or wet spots in the yard. Additionally, if the property has a history of septic system issues or if it’s been several years since the system was last inspected or pumped, it’s especially important to thoroughly evaluate its condition.
  5. Negotiating Repairs or Replacements: If the septic system inspection reveals any issues, you’ll need to decide how to proceed. Depending on the severity of the problems, you may negotiate with the seller to cover the cost of repairs or replacements as a condition of the sale. Alternatively, you may choose to walk away from the deal if the issues are too significant or if the seller is unwilling to address them.
  6. Future Maintenance Considerations: Once you’ve purchased the home, it’s essential to prioritize ongoing septic system maintenance to ensure its longevity and proper function. Regular pumping, inspections, and responsible usage habits can help prevent costly repairs down the line and protect the value of your investment.

Septic system inspections are a critical step in the home buying process, providing valuable insights into the condition of the property’s wastewater management system. By understanding the importance of these inspections and knowing what to expect, you can make informed decisions and ensure a smooth transition into your new home.

If you are looking at a property and would like an experienced operator to pump and provide a visual inspection – give us a call today 519-323-2000!

Selling Your Home? Don’t Forget to Pump the Septic Tank!

Are you gearing up to put your home on the market? From staging to curb appeal, there are numerous factors to consider when preparing to sell. However, one often overlooked aspect is the maintenance of your septic system. While it might not be the most glamorous part of home ownership, ensuring your septic tank is in top condition can make a significant difference when selling your property.

Here’s why pumping your septic tank should be on your to-do list before listing your home:

  1. Boost Your Property’s Value: A well-maintained septic system is a sign of a well-cared-for home. Potential buyers are more likely to be interested in a property with a properly functioning septic system, as it indicates that the home has been taken care of. Regular pumping and maintenance show that you’ve invested in the longevity and functionality of your property.
  2. Prevent Last-Minute Surprises: Imagine having a potential buyer ready to make an offer on your home, only to have the deal fall through because of a septic system issue discovered during the inspection. Regularly pumping your septic tank reduces the risk of unexpected problems arising during the selling process. It’s better to address any issues proactively rather than dealing with them when time is of the essence.
  3. Ensure Smooth Inspections: Home inspections are a standard part of the home buying process. A failing septic system can be a red flag for buyers and might lead to negotiations or even scare them away entirely. By pumping your septic tank before listing your home, you can provide potential buyers with peace of mind knowing that this critical aspect of the property has been taken care of.
  4. Compliance with Regulations: Depending on where you live, there may be regulations or requirements regarding septic system maintenance and inspection before selling a property. Failing to comply with these regulations could delay the selling process or even result in legal issues. Pumping your septic tank ensures that you’re meeting any local requirements and can proceed with the sale smoothly.
  5. Demonstrate Responsibility: Taking care of your septic system isn’t just about selling your home—it’s about being a responsible homeowner. Regular maintenance not only extends the lifespan of your septic system but also helps protect the environment by preventing leaks and contamination. By showing potential buyers that you’ve prioritized septic system maintenance, you’re demonstrating your commitment to responsible home ownership.

Its smart to not overlook the importance of pumping your septic tank before selling your home. It’s a simple yet crucial step that can make a significant difference in the selling process. By ensuring your septic system is in top condition, you’re not only enhancing the value of your property but also providing peace of mind to potential buyers. So, before you put that “For Sale” sign in the yard, be sure to schedule a septic tank pumping—it’s an investment that pays off in more ways than one.

Give us a call today to book your septic pump – we not only pump we do visual inspections as well for all kinds of home and property sales! Call 519-323-2000

Neustadt Gas Service – Fall 2024

Natural Gas is coming to Neustadt, Ontario in the fall of 2024!!!

We are on the approved contractor list and are actively getting applications submitted.

If you are interested in getting switched over to gas be sure to give us a call today at 519-323-2000!

The sooner we can get your application submitted, the sooner you will ensure your natural gas service will be installed 🙂

Septic System Tips

Maintaining a septic system is essential for the proper functioning of your household plumbing and to prevent environmental contamination. Here are some tips for septic system maintenance:

  1. Regular Pumping: Have your septic tank pumped regularly by a professional. The frequency will depend on the size of your tank and the number of occupants in your household. Typically, it’s recommended to pump every 3 to 5 years.
  2. Watch What You Flush: Only flush human waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Avoid flushing items such as diapers, wipes, feminine hygiene products, paper towels, or any non-biodegradable materials, as they can clog the system.
  3. Be Mindful of Water Usage: Reduce water usage to prevent overloading the septic system. Fix any leaks promptly, install low-flow fixtures, and spread out laundry and dishwasher loads over time rather than doing them all at once.
  4. Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Avoid pouring harsh chemicals down drains, as they can disrupt the balance of bacteria in the septic tank needed for proper decomposition. This includes bleach, drain cleaners, and antibacterial soaps.
  5. Use Septic-Safe Products: Use septic-safe cleaning and personal care products labeled as such. These products are designed to be biodegradable and won’t harm the bacteria in the septic tank.
  6. Protect the Weeping Bed (Drainfield): Avoid driving or parking vehicles on the weeping bed, as this can compact the soil and damage the pipes. Plant grass or shallow-rooted vegetation over the weeping bed to prevent soil erosion and absorb excess moisture.
  7. Maintain Proper Drainage: Make sure gutters and downspouts are directed away from the weeping bed to prevent excess water from saturating the soil.
  8. Regular Inspections: Schedule regular inspections of your septic system by a qualified professional. They can check for signs of damage, leaks, or other issues that may require attention.
  9. Be Careful with Landscaping: Avoid planting trees or shrubs with aggressive root systems near the septic system, as their roots can infiltrate and damage the pipes and tank.
  10. Educate Household Members: Make sure everyone in your household understands the importance of proper septic system care and knows what can and cannot be flushed or poured down drains.

Following these tips can help extend the lifespan of your septic system, minimize the need for repairs, and protect the environment. If you ever notice any signs of a problem with your septic system, such as foul odors, slow drains, or sewage backups, don’t hesitate to contact a professional for assistance.

5 Common Plumbing Emergencies and How to Handle Them

  1. Burst Pipes:
    • Shut off the main water supply immediately to prevent further flooding.
    • Open faucets to relieve pressure in the pipes.
    • Thaw frozen pipes slowly with a hairdryer or warm towels – or reach out for professional help.
    • Contact a plumber to repair or replace the burst pipe.
  2. Clogged Drains:
    • Try using a plunger or plumbing snake to clear the blockage.
    • Avoid using chemical drain cleaners as they can damage pipes. If you use a chemical cleaner be sure to
    • If the clog persists, contact a plumber to professionally clear the drain.
  3. Leaking Fixtures:
    • Turn off the water supply to the affected fixture or shut off the main water supply if needed.
    • Examine the fixture for any visible damage or loose connections.
    • Tighten any loose fittings or replace damaged parts like washers or seals.
    • If the leak persists, contact a plumber for repair or replacement.
  4. Water Heater Failure:
    • Turn off the power or gas supply to the water heater.
    • Check for any visible signs of leakage or damage.
    • Relight the pilot light if it has gone out (for gas water heaters) IF you feel comfortable.
    • If you can’t resolve the issue, contact a plumber HVAC tech to inspect and repair the water heater.
  5. Sewer Line Backup:
    • Stop using water fixtures immediately to prevent further backups.
    • Avoid flushing toilets or using sinks, showers, or dishwashers.
    • Contact a plumber to inspect the sewer line and clear the blockage professionally.
    • Consider preventative measures such as regular sewer line maintenance to prevent future backups.

Remember, in any plumbing emergency, safety should be the top priority. If you’re unsure how to handle the situation, or if the problem seems beyond your capabilities, don’t hesitate to call a licensed plumber for assistance. Acting quickly can help minimize damage and prevent costly repairs.

We Are The Home Comfort People We Service What We Sell As Well As All Other Makes & Models!

Areas We Service for Plumbing and Heating: 
Wellington County including Wellington North, Mapleton and Minto.
Grey County including Southgate and West Grey.
Mount Forest, Clifford, Harriston, Palmerston, Arthur, Drayton,
Moorefield, Durham, Ayton, Holstein, Neustadt and all areas in between!

Give us a call for your retrofit project, renovation or new home build for a FREE quote!

Click to Call From Your Cell Phone 519-323-2000

Spring Septic Pumping

Our spring septic pumping is well under way – did you know we actually pump all year round!

It helps having a knowledgeable operator who has worked along side our plumbers and heating tech’s for years – he knows the in’s and out’s of your homes in’s and out’s!

Call today to get on our septic pumping list to ensure you are flowing freely all year 😉

We Are Hiring! Plumber & Gas Technician

For General Inquires please email us –>  service@jjmclellan.ca  


We provide competitive wages based on experience as well as benefits.

We are a service based company who services what we sell and more!
Please submit your resume at the email address above. Job based out of our shop in Mount Forest, Wellington North.

We currently have an opening on our team for a licensed gas technician. Full-time position for HVAC Service and Installations. Experience required. Must have a valid Gas License and Drivers License. Ideal candidate will have at least 1 year of experience in residential service and installations for Furnaces, Fireplaces, Water Heaters (A/C and HRV experience an asset) as well as customer service skills when dealing with customers.

We currently have an opening on our team for a licensed plumber. Full-time position for Plumbing Service and Installs. Experience required. Must have a valid Plumbing License and Drivers License. Ideal candidate will have at least 1 year experience with plumbing repairs on taps, toilets, water heaters, rough in plumbing, water softener, water treatment, waste water drainage, septic systems etc. As well as customer service skills when dealing with customers.

Areas We Service for Plumbing and Heating:
Wellington County including Wellington North, Mapleton and Minto.
Grey County including Southgate and West Grey.
Mount Forest, Clifford, Harriston, Palmerston, Arthur, Drayton,
Moorefield, Durham, Ayton, Holstein, Neustadt and all areas in between!

Welcome Spring – With Snow & Showers

Its been an interesting start to 2023 Spring, however Im sure all would agree this is a “normal” Ontario Spring where we are teased with some gorgeous summer like weather and then are hit with the snow again 😉

As we are eagerly awaiting the return of our spring weather here are some tips and hints to make the most of your own property!

  • Pump your septic – the spring is a great time to get your septic cleaned out so that you are confident you will be flushing great all year long! We pump out BOTH sides of the septic tank – the liquid and solid. Our driver is extremely knowledgeable and can also pick up on any potential issues for you! A royal flush is better than a full house!
  • Clean and Service HVAC System – this is for your Furnace/Boiler, Air Conditioner, Water Heater, HRV etc. They work hard for us and are able to last even longer when cared for with maintenance! Preventative maintenance can also pick up on issues before they get bad – like the furnace quitting in the middle of the winter!
  • Turn on your outside taps – we highly recommend turning the water supply off to your outside taps during the winter to prevent any freezing or possible water damage. The frost free faucets are much better, however its still good to turn off. Also if you possibly forgot this fall, its a good thing to remove your hose before the winter also, they can hold water and potentially cause issues!
  • Keeping in mind, being friendly to nature, “they” say its not good to do yard or garden clean up too soon, the bee’s also appreciate the dandelions as their first feed so if you can stand a bit of yellow, let it mellow for a bit 😉
  • Clean up around outside vents – ensure they are clear from any debris (especially plastic) and any plant material.

The spring is a great time to begin any projects you were thinking of over the winter

Give us a call today at 519-323-2000 or Email us to book your appointment today!

Preparing and Prepping for the Winter

After a brief slow down back in the Spring of 2020, the trades recovered and ramped up quite quickly with so many people spending more time within their homes. Naturally, people began investing within their home space to make improvements but also spending more time at home, our systems have truly been put to the test!

I understand being in the office of our HVAC and Plumbing office, as well as at the time, I myself was in the midst of our own major renovations on our own home! Trust me when I say patience is a virtue! 

With so many trades with full schedules it is now a great time to ensure you, and your loved ones are prepared in your home. Please ensure you check in on your loved ones living on their own too! Especially the seniors in our lives.

  • Check and change smoke detector and co-detector batteries 
  • If you are on a septic – do you know where your septic tank is? Locate the lids and it is recommended to check and pump as needed every 3-5 years – depending on how many people are living in your home.
  • Whether on septic or town sewers – any packaging that states it is “safe to flush” – please ONLY flush toilet paper and human waste. These “flushable wipes” have caused SO many issues including backups so please beware!
  • Change the furnace filter at least 3-4 times a year
  • Locate your furnace shut off Switch. If your power goes out, sometimes the power needs to be reset, this switch can do that. 
  • Ensure you have a back up source of heat. Permanent examples would be a fireplace on each level of your home. The nice thing about a gas fireplace is they will work when the power is out, except for the fan. Another great and very affordable option is little household space heaters that can be plugged in and moved where needed. If you are comfortable with wood, that is also an option too. 
  • Be sure you know where your main water shut off is located in your home. Along with any other plumbing equipment. 
  • Ensure you have a back up supply of water, in case you are without power or your pump stops working. Even if just for 24-48 hours.

If this past year has taught us anything (I can say this personally),  it’s also that our mental health is a key factor in everyone’s lives. As much as we truly would love to help everyone, we must be realistic and ensure we are able to support our loyal customers while also ensuring to avoid burnout! This is a good reminder for all, and not just those of us in the trades!

So, hopefully these tips will help you feel confident if you find yourself with a furnace, water or plumbing issue that you could handle it to a certain extent before your professional can attend in the morning or next business day. 

Spring Cleaning | Septic Systems

With the first official long weekend to truly kick off Spring I know many of us will be doing some spring cleaning of some kind whether its in the house or outside in our yards and garden’s.

When it comes to Spring Cleaning its good to remember your Septic System every 3-5 years to ensure your waste water and sewage continues to flow without issues!

Do you know the last time your septic system was pumped?

Depending on the number of people living in your home, will dictate how often the tank should be pumped. The system is designed to naturally break down solids and then over time will flow out into the weeping bed from the system to properly drain into the ground.

If the tank has not been pumped regularly and the solids level becomes too high this can cause issues in the pipe from your home to the tank and also from the tank out into the weeping bed. What happens is the system cannot properly break down the solids when there is more solids than water. If this happens the solids could then begin to flow out to the bed, however as they are solids this will then cause a blockage and could potentially cause a sewage backup in your basement if not rectified properly and in a timely manner.

The other thing that could potentially cause issues is if you use too much water and the bed becomes saturated. If you are suddenly using a lot of water, the system will not have time to break down as its designed to and much of the water will just flow out to the bed. If its flowing to the bed, this is good, however ideally the best scenario is for the water to go into the first chamber of the tank with the solids, begin the breakdown process, then flow out into the bed.

How do you know if your tank is in need of a cleaning or there is a problem with the weeping bed?

  • If its been over 5 years since the last time you had it pumped.
  • If you are hearing gurgling from your toilets or drains.
  • If you notice wet spots over the weeping bed.
  • If your drains are not draining.


  • Its also important to remember to not plant any trees or bushes around the weeping bed as the roots can grow into the system and cause blockages.
  • Do not pour any oils or grease down the drain as they will harden in the tank and will cause blockages.
  • Do not put any feminine products down the septic system. These will not break down and will pose a potential blockage issues.

A Royal Flush Is Better Than A Full House!

Areas We Service for Plumbing and Heating: 
Wellington County including Wellington North, Mapleton and Minto.
Grey County including Southgate and West Grey.
Mount Forest, Clifford, Harriston, Palmerston, Arthur, Drayton,
Moorefield, Durham, Ayton, Holstein, Neustadt and all areas in between!

Give us a call for your new home build or renovation for a FREE quote!

Click to Call From Your Cell Phone 519-323-2000