Septic Tank Maintenance

June 25, 2020

It is essential to keep up with septic tank cleaning

For most homeowners across the UK, their drainage system is run from the mains, and unless they have any problems on their own land, it is generally little corner, and very much out of sight, out of mind. However, those living in rural locations, there drainage systems are a little different and most have to look after waste and water disposal themselves.

A septic tank system is one of the ways to manage your household waste. To make sure that it’s able to operate as efficiently as possible, you need to ensure you carry out regular maintenance and cleaning.

Professionals would recommend annual cleaning and sludge removal, however, this frequency can depending on your household’s needs and usage of the drainage system. Those with larger families or are at home more often than not might need to clean and maintain their septic tank more frequently.

If a septic tank is not properly maintained, the system will eventually overflow. At this point, you could even be liable to heavy fines if the contents of the septic tank are deemed to have contaminated the land. It is also a very unpleasant experience to deal with. Regular cleaning and maintenance is certainly the new cost-effective solution than fixing a system failure.

Proper waste management is key to septic tank maintenance

The best way to ensure your septic tank remains in good working order for as long as possible is to treat it properly. Septic tanks are only equipped to handle waste and water – they shouldn’t be used for household rubbish. So be careful of what you’re putting down your drains. Avoid things such as fats; grease; absorbent towels; wet wipes; solids or coffee grounds. This will help you to keep the need for septic tank cleaning to a minimum.

It is also essential to not clean showers, sinks and toilets with traditional cleaning chemicals. These can throw off the functioning of the septic tank. Septic tanks work through a very delicate system and must be cared for differently than a standard home connected to the mains water system. If you feel the need to coverup harsh smells with chemicals, then there is probably an issue with your septic tank and it is best to get Croft Drainage Solutions to access the problem.

Septic tank emptying

When it is time to empty your septic tank, you need to contact someone that has the experience and is fully certified for the emptying. Septic tank emptying requires specific training and certification to be carried out successfully and properly. They also need to be authorised to properly dispose of the waste – you could be liable for the waste being dumped, even if you’re not the one committing the crime.

There are severe legal penalties for anyone that discharges their septic tank in a manner that is deemed inappropriate. The fines this can run into thousands of pounds, so if you need to make sure you’re contacting the right people to save you in the long run.