5 essential septic tank tips
A septic tank provides a traditional solution to sewage disposal needs for domestic dwellings without access to mains drainage. Septic tanks may be installed, subject to consent, in applications where soil is of suitable porosity, installations complies with Building Regulations and the installation will not contaminate any ditch, stream or other watercourse.
A septic tank requires emptying (desludging), and a well-constructed, properly maintained tank could last indefinitely. Following a few simple rules – like not using too much water and not depositing materials in the septic tank that bacteria can’t decompose – should help to ensure a septic tank is trouble-free for many years.
Keep Trees Away from the Septic System
Discourage root damage by keeping trees at least 100 feet away from the septic tank system. Trees with very aggressive roots, such as willows, should be even farther away from the system.
The Toilet Isn’t a Waste Disposal
Never flush cat litter, disposable nappies, sanitary towels, tampons, paper towels, facial tissues, coffee grounds, or cigarette butts and filters. They’ll clog your septic tank in less time than you might imagine!
Minimize Heavy Duty Cleaners
Overuse of heavy cleaners kills beneficial bacteria in the septic tank, so solids won’t break down as effectively.
Avoid Hazardous Chemicals
Varnish, paint thinners, motor oils, gasoline and other similar chemicals can ruin your system and are a hazard to groundwater. Dispose of them properly.
Take Care of Your Tank and Drainage Field
Getting your tank desludged and serviced regularly is far more cost-effective than having to replace your entire system, which could run into tens of thousands of pounds. For information on servicing and emptying, and a quotation for our qualified engineers to attend your system, please call us on 01388 537050.