Septic Tanks

We maintain, service, install and repair all types and ages of septic tanks and bio-treatment plants.

How does a Septic Tank work?

Water and waste enter the tank from your drainage pipework, solids fall to the bottom of the tank and settle. The cleaner liquid passes out the exit pipe of the tank and into a soak away to be absorbed by the ground or sometimes directly into a water course. A septic tank that is functioning properly should have a good culture of bacteria in it to break down the foul waste, identifiable by a thick crust on top of the contents of the tank. The tank should always be at the same level if it is working properly which is the level of the exit pipe. It is a popular misconception that a septic tank needs regular emptying. This actually disrupts the important bacterial culture that is crucial to break down the foul waste and make the output of the tank suitable for discharge into the surrounding environment. Bio Systems are a similar concept but include a variety of filtration processes and additional features to further treat the foul waste and produce an output which is cleaner than that of a traditional septic tank. This can be useful for large foul waste systems or confined areas which don't have the space for a traditional septic tank and no connection to mains foul sewerage.

Signs that you may have a problem with your septic tank or soak away system:

  • Bad smells
  • High level of water inside the tank
  • Water logged ground around the soak away or tank area
  • Recurring blockages in the drain pipes leading from your home to the tank

Other services:

  • Bio System maintenance and installation
  • Septic tank refurbishment and upgrades
  • Septic tank maintenance
  • Replacement soak away systems
  • CCTV inspections
  • Free, no obligation advice and site visits

Case Study in Worcester

We were contacted with a septic tank problem. The investigation revealed a damaged tank due to incorrect fitting and ground conditions. To make matters worse, the soak-away connected to the tank had been polluted with solid effluent waste from the damaged tank and was now ineffective. Our recommendation was to replace the damaged tank with a new, 3-stage bio unit connected to a nearby storm drain with environment agency approval and no loss of facilities during the work. The whole project was completed in 6 days with no further potential for problems.

This saved the customer the costs of having the tank emptied regularly and proved cleaner for the environment, as well as avoiding the cost of replacing the soak away.

Please contact us any time for advice or further information on 01283 711 550 or email info@ukdrainage.com