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Get Septic System Design & Installation in Barrie, Orillia & Simcoe County



If you require a new septic system installation in Barrie, Orillia, or Simcoe County, hire the team at G.E. Binnie Haulage & Excavation. We can design your system or install a system you have already designed, as well as handle inspections and annual maintenance (excluding pumping).

If you require a new septic system, an upgrade, or a repair to your current system,  give G.E. Binnie Haulage & Excavation a call or email us . We will be happy to visit your site and recommend a design that will suit your needs and meet authority requirements.

Septic System Design, Installation & Repair

The sizing of a septic system is determined by the soil in the ground. Sandy soil with low silt content is best. If you have clay soil, a high water table, or a water table that is elevated at certain times of the year, then importing sand and/or raising your system is what has to be done to ensure that your system will work properly.

The sizing of a septic system is mostly based on the building it is servicing. It is not based on who it services, rather who it could potentially service, to reduce the need for upgrading septic systems. The system must meet the maximum possible daily sewage flow the building could produce. 

Septic systems require certain clearance from wells, swimming pools, property lines, buildings, rivers, lakes, ponds, reservoirs and springs. Therefore they are not necessarily placed where they are aesthetically preferred, but where the system can meet all of these requirements.

Following are brief descriptions of the main systems used today:


  • Trenchbeds have been around for as long as plumbing. They consist of a septic tank and a leaching field. The leaching fields are laterals made up of perforated pipe surrounded by clear stone. The perforated pipe is connected to a header which distributes effluent evenly throughout the leaching field.


  • Filterbeds were used in problem areas before 1997 when trenchbeds would not fit because of area restraints. They have been more commonly used since 1997 when the Ministry of Health passed sewage systems to the Building Departments and filterbeds were then written into the building code. They are usually the most cost-effective and therefore are usually the preferred system, unless compact sizing is necessary (Advanced Treatment Systems may be required).
  • Filterbeds consist of a contact area and an expanded base. Both consist of special filter sand that is MOE (Ministry of Environment) approved. Above the filter sand is a layer of stone. Perforated pipe is spaced evenly over the stone and then more stone is laid to completely cover the perforated pipe.

Advanced Treatment Systems

  • Advanced Treatment Systems treat the effluent so that it is cleaner before entering the ground. These systems have warranties included and require annual maintenance.
  • Fast systems are treatment units that treat the effluent by an aeration system. It has an air pump which aerates the system to produce cleaner effluent and requires maintenance on an annual basis from a trained professional.

In addition to the specific septic systems we specialize in, we offer design and installation of other types of systems. If you already have a septic system design, send them to us via email and we can provide you with a free estimate to install.


Failing systems – the main reasons are:

  • Hydraulic overload – the system builds up with bio matter and is unable to release effluent into the subsoil and therefore backs up.
  • Roots – tree roots take over the system and fill the pipes. Effluent is unable to be released into the subsoil and therefore backs up.
  • Damage – traffic or heavy equipment going over the bed will throw pipes off-level or crush them. Never drive anything over your septic system and never store anything heavy on top of your septic system.

What to look for:

  • Smells – any odour coming from the bed area
  • Wetness or puddling or water lying on top of the bed area
  • Plumbing drains draining slowly
  • Wetness over the top of the septic tank
  • Liquid from the septic tank is past the bottom of the outlet pipe, with liquid lying in the pipe

Low-Impact Development (LID) for Storm Water Management 

When it rains or snows, water collects and flows over the land’s surface. Eventually, this water reaches local streams, lakes, wetlands, and rivers. LID is a green infrastructure approach to storm water management that uses simple, cost-effective landscape features and other techniques to filter, store, and infiltrate, and use rainwater where it falls. When we manage the runoff of storm water near the source through specific site designs, we can help protect public health and improve overall community liveability. In addition, LID helps save money for local developers and governments.

G.E. Binnie Haulage & Excavation Inc. is the 1st company certified in the Oro-Medonte Area for this service. Consider having these concepts incorporated in the overall design of your new build, or see what options may be available on your existing property. Contact G.E. Binnie Haulage & Excavation Inc. to learn more about septic system installation and our storm water management solutions.

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