Septic Tank Maintenance
Your septic tank should be routinely checked, maintained and repaired to ensure efficient operation.
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, regular septic tank empties are the answer.
We can offer a weekly service to empty your septic tank or schedule a more periodic emptying so you don't have to worry about remembering when a service is due, for example once a year.
- Expands the life of your tank
- Increases working efficiency
- Decreases chance of septic tank failure
- Is a cheaper alternative to replacing your septic tank
- Only use your dishwasher when there is a full load
- Fill your washing machine to it's best working capacity
- Ensure your taps or pipes don't leak
If you require a root cutting / removal service for your septic tank, give us a call.
Call freephone 0800 731 0589 for your quotation on Septic Tank Emptying
Septic Tank Troubleshooting Guide
- Check to see if the rainwater is entering your system
- If not the rainwater, check if the surface water is then entering your system instead
- The septic tank maybe too small for your household and will require emptying on a more regular basis
- The soakaway area may be too small
- The septic tank could be too small for your household (will require emptying more often)
- The soakaway may have a large hole that is full up with stones etc
- Have a failed percolation area: it has a long trench with a land drainage pipe, it is installed below the site water table or it is placed in a wet area
- Check the pipe for a blockage
- Check for a manhole that has been badly fitted
- Check for collapsed or sagging pipes
- The tank could be backed up
- There may be a sludge build up
- Wet weather can also cause bad odours
- May not be any air ventilation
Sewage odours: This could be caused by a leak, plumbing problems or the septic tank could require emptying / cleaning.
Septic filter clogging: This is caused by not having it cleaned on a regular basis.
Tree roots getting into cracks in the tank: This can cause the system to slow down or stop completely.
Phosphates you get from detergents: As this can be a fertiliser that then will encourage algae to grow this can then block the perforations in the distributions pipes.
- Keep the amount of water going into the septic system to a minimum e.g. take shorter showers
- Keep kitchen waste such as fats and greases out of the system
- Do not put non-biodegradable products in the system e.g. nappies
- Rather than powder dishwasher soaps use liquid or gel, due to the powder containing phosphates.
- Do not use the septic system to dispose of toxic materials e.g. paint thinners