Septic Tanks Stonehouse – A Guide For Septic Tanks By DC Merrett
Septic tanks are used around the world as a means for treating sewage as those properties aren’t connected to the mains drainage. If you live in a remote area or somewhere more rural, a septic tank is usually the norm when it comes to waste management. Most septic tank systems are neglected as they are never maintained which means they aren’t able to function properly. This inhibits & cultivates huge health risks since the danger of pollution by waste is a possibility when septic tanks malfunction. There are stringent regulations when it comes to the maintenance & control of septic tanks so it’s important for those that have them on their property, to be careful of how they go about managing them and making sure they are properly kept. If you are looking for advice on septic tank pumping then visit our page on Septic Tanks Stonehouse
The best way of making sure your septic tank is operating well is by enquiring with a professional waste management service like the one that D.C Merrett offers. It’s professional service providers like D.C. Merrett that can help service & maintain a septic tank. It’s recommended by regulatory boards that a septic tank be checked & emptied at least every 12 months so if you would like to inquire with our team about a regular service then please call our team on 01452 740782 or visit our information page on Septic Tanks Stonehouse
Types of septic tanks:
There are a variety of septic tank systems available on the market, with a few common ones being used in properties in the UK. Septic tanks are usually underground tanks that can differ in shape, which connect to a secondary soil treatment system. This is usually in the form of a soakaway or drainage field which syphons excess waste.
Septic tanks work by storing the raw sewage & waste water from your bathroom, kitchen etc. The fats and oils from the sewage will float to the top whilst the solid waste will sink to the bottom forming a layer of sludge. Anaerobic bacteria which is pumped into the tank will colonise within the tank and eat this sludge making sure the tank is kept at a manageable level which means the tank doesn’t fill too quickly. It’s this waste that needs to eventually be pumped out which is where a provider like D.C. Merrett comes in as they offer professional pumping services to rid your septic tank of waste. It’s important to consider regular septic tank emptying so if you need assistance with your septic system, give the professionals at D.C. Merrett a call!
Does my home have a septic tank?
Not all homes are going to have a septic tank since they aren’t the standard means of pumping waste. Septic tanks are usually used in rural homes where they aren’t connected to main sewer lines. You might see septic tanks being used in suburban areas but this will depend on where you live. Taking a quick look at your water bills should tell you if you have a septic tank. If you’re receiving a charge for wastewater then you most likely won’t have a tank. If in doubt, you can speak to the previous home-owners/tenants or the property manager if you are unsure!
Septic Tanks Stonehouse – When should I empty my septic tank?
Septic tanks should be emptied regularly in order to maintain their reliability since overfilling tanks can lead to malfunctions & damage. Signs that you need to have your tank emptied ASAP is if your washing machine or the flush of your toilet starts to become slow. If your flush is weak, it could be the tank causing abnormal pressures. Your plumbing was never designed to cope with these odd pressures. If you see these signs then you should have your tank surveyed by a professional. They will be able to provide an expert opinion and check for any damage.
How do septic tanks work?
When used domestically, waste is pushed through your plumbing that separates as it enters the tank. The solid waste will sink to the bottom of the tank, that makes up the sludge that has to be emptied. The liquid waste will fill the tank but will gradually be pumped out of the tank into the drainage field. If the sludge isn’t eventually pumped out then it will build up to the point your tank can’t pump out liquid waste. This causes damage to the pump, which can gradually pump out solid waste. This makes for a horrible stench in your drainage field, which is usually a part of your garden.
This leads us to the other sign that the tank could be overfilled. Overflow is a problem when liquid waste is pumped out of the tank straight away. If the tank is brimmed, the liquid has nowhere to go apart from into the drainage field. This usually leads to waterlogged areas that end up bogging up and ruining your garden. If this is left unattended, it can lead to solid waste being pushed out of the outlet pipe. If you spot this happening to your drainage field then you should speak to a professional company like D.C. Merrett that can provide a cost-effective repair service that will solve your problems.
How often should I clean my septic tank?
With septic tanks, it’s much easier to prevent a problem than it is to solve it when it’s happened. Septic tanks can cost thousands of pounds to install in the first place. This means repair costs are also costly, making prevention the most cost-effective method of keeping the septic tank running. You can never be too careful when maintaining your tank. If you think the septic tank needs emptying, then consult with an expert ASAP. Having your tank de-sludged regularly makes sure that your tank can operate properly. Overfilled tanks are a huge mess to repair and will end up costing much more than a regular emptying service would cost. If you need help with Septic Tank Emptying Stonehouse then D.C. Merrett is the provider for you.
How often do I need to pump my tank?
How often you empty the septic tank will depend on your usage, & how many people live in your home. Your appliances will also affect this decision as it will contribute to the filling of your tank. A general rule of thumb is 600-700 litres of capacity per person. This means a household homing 4 people would have to have a 2720 litre tank. Please, note this is only an estimate. Your mileage may vary when comparing your own uses with these sizes.
The water that is drained from the septic tank flows out to a drain field or a soakaway. The tanks piping have baffles to filter the solid waste. This makes sure that the sludge isn’t pumped out with the liquid. Once the septic tank fills with sludge, the septic tank has no more capacity. This will lead to a rupture or a leak from the tank, causing a huge health concern. This can also help with the liquid drainage as too much solid waste can block the drainage system.
What are septic tanks made of?
Modern septic tanks are made from a mix of glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) and polethylene which is a very durable mixture. GRP uses glass fibres to reinforce the plastic which makes for a very strong composite which can endure the wear and tear of containing liquid & solid waste.
The size of a septic tank all depends on how many people can live in the home in question, as well as the porosity of the soakaway soil. These factors determine how much waste has to be stored as well as how much needs to be processed. An overloaded septic system is most likely always a poorly functioning one, as overloaded systems cannot function effectively.
Before you decide on any septic tank or cesspit systems for your property, make sure you inquire with the Environment agency as well as your local building control since they will have a good inclination on whether or not your site is suitable for a septic system. If you would like a professional opinion about your septic tank, or with the regular maintenance & emptying then DC Merrett is the provider for you. Call their professional team on 01452 740782 or visit our page on Septic Tank Emptying Stonehouse
Alex Lee is a content producer for D.C. Merrett and has been writing for the company for years. Robin has a keen eye for bringing industry news to consumers in an easy to understand manner.