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Tardis Environmental can schedule a routine septic tank empty to ensure that your septic tank works efficiently, increasing its functional life, whilst reducing the possibility of blocked drains and overflowing.
Our custom built tankers are equipped with an internal water supply and use specialist vacuum pumps and long hoses to ensure emptying and washing is a swift and safe process. Removal, disposal and sewage treatment is carried out afterwards with a full duty of care available. For further information, visit the cesspit emptying page.
We are experts in all areas of liquid and wet waste removal and disposal. Sewage, oil, dirty water and hazardous liquids present no problem for us.
With our strategically located depots, we can remove septic tank waste throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
If you are unsure of kind of waste you are producing and been asked for a EWC code then download this European Waste Catalogue from the Environment Agency website.
Septic Tank Information
What are the 3 Layers?
First Layer - Scum or Crud
This consists of a layer known as crud and will not decompose. It will sit on top of the waste water layer. You will need to arrange a septic tank empty to get rid of this layer, aim to have at least one septic tank empty a year.
Second Layer - Waste Water
Waste water will exit through a T-shaped outlet pipe to a drain field or soakaway, which will drain through the soil back to the ground water flow.
Third Layer - Sludge
Last layer is called sludge and this will be consumed by "helpful" bacteria. This is solid waste that drops to the bottom of the septic tank. We advise minimal use of bleach or anti bacterial products.
Our flagship 44 ton vacuum arctic.
All our vehicles are chapter 8 approved and all our tankers satnav tracked. We can also provide evidence of correct and ethical disposal upon request.
Vehicle specification (PDF)
Installing a new septic tank?
When installing a new septic tank consider the following points:
- Install the new tank in a location which provides easy access for a septic tank emptying service.
- All tree roots should be at least 15 metres away from the area where the tank will be installed. If the tank is positioned too close to a tree, the septic tank can be damaged by the tree root. Root ingress can lead to a costly repair.
- Paving slabs or heavy material should not be placed over the tank as this could crack the septic tank over time. Also, never park vehicles over the location of a septic tank.
Here are a few helpful tips on how to prolong the life of your drainage system.
You should ideally book a septic tank emptying service at least once a year. This will ensure that the whole sewage system is kept in good condition whilst also prolonging the life of your septic tank.
If your waste is to increase suddenly, such as having a party in your home, have your septic tank emptied prior to the event to cater for the increase in "wet waste".
Minimise the disposal of oil and grease down the drain, as this could block your outlet and inlet pipes.
Anti-bacterial soap, bleach and toilet cleaners are okay for use, but too much could kill the bacteria that live at the bottom of your tank and you need them to "digest" the sludge (Third Layer).
Common problems that occur:
- Slow drains
- Clogged or blocked drainage pipes
- Backups of the septic tank system
- Unpleasant smells in the area of the septic tank
- Tests indicating gas emissions from the tank
- Standing water over the septic system
- Frequent pumping to maintain performance
- Excessive water in the tank
Most of these problems can be solved with a septic tank emptying service. The blocked drain can be rectified with one of our high or low volume jet vac tankers with a high pressure jetting lance.
Never use antifreeze in your septic tank, as it can have a detrimental effect on the environment around the soakaway.
Need more information on the septic tank emptying services we offer
Call 0800 7310 589