What You Need to Know About Septic Tanks

By 27th March 2019Blockage, Waste
Septic tank | West Sussex Drains

As a company with a waste carrier licence we are regularly called out to dispose of waste from septic tanks and keep them running as they should. Find out more about septic tanks as we answer frequently asked questions that could save you the stress of a clogged-up waste disposal unit.

What is a Septic Tank?

A septic tank is used to collect and treat waste water from properties not connected to a main public waste water system. Typically installed underground it is a large tank made either from brick, concrete or plastic depending on its age.

How Often Should a Septic Tank Be Emptied?

If well maintained septic tanks need little maintenance with most tanks only needing emptying every 12 months. The tank works by holding waste water and allowing the solid sludge to settle in the bottom of the tank. Over time this builds up and will need removing with a tanker and disposing of at a waste treatment centre.

How Can I Look After My Tank?

Nature keeps septic tanks working well due to natural bacteria that lives on the waste water impurities. If you dispose of certain materials into your drainage system you do risk clogging which will stop your tank from working to its best ability.
We recommend you avoid the following:

  • Flushing sanitary wear, nappies, cotton buds and kitchen roll
  • Pouring grease, oil or fats down the sink
  • Washing paint brushes or rinsing cleaning chemicals down the drain – these should be disposed of in safe and environmentally friendly way
  • Disposing of old tablets

What Will Happen if My Tank Stops Working Well?

Septic tanks are designed to provide long term effective treatment of waste water. When systems start to fail you may experience the following:
• Slow draining fixtures
• Gurgling sounds from the plumbing system
• Backing up solids in the pipes
• Odours from the tank and soakaways

At West Sussex Drains, you can rely on us to keep your septic tanks in tip top condition and to dispose of tank waste safely. Contact us today to talk to one of our expert team or to make a booking!

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