Septic Tank Emptying: What You Need To Know

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We know it’s not the nicest conversation topic, but, we need to talk about septic tank emptying. Having your septic tank emptied regularly by a reputable firm is essential to avoiding larger septic tank problems. So, in this blog we’re running through everything you need to know about septic tank emptying to keep your drainage system running smoothly.

Why Do I Need My Septic Tank Emptying?

To put it simply, your septic tank works by filtering out household waste into two compartments: liquids are filtered and pass through to a soakaway, however, solids stay within your septic tank. Obviously, that solid waste will build up overtime, and, if it isn’t emptied can cause considerable issues.

If you don’t empty your septic tank regularly you can be faced with repugnant smells, slow-flushing toilets, gurgling pipes, waste backing up into your house and solids making their way into your soakaway and spilling out into a pool around your septic tank. Not nice for you and not nice for the environment. Therefore, it’s vital you get your septic tank emptied regularly. But, how often?

How Often Do I Need To Empty My Septic Tank?

Generally speaking, you should have your septic tank emptied around once a year. However, a few different factors can affect this.

  • The size of your house versus the size of your septic tank: for example if you have a smaller septic tank tank for a larger house it may need emptying more frequently.
  • The number of people in your house: the more people, the more waste, to put it bluntly.

If you work towards yearly emptying, you shouldn’t go far wrong. However, experts can advise if you are unsure.

What Is Involved In The Emptying Process?

First things first, it’s vital to use an expert septic tank company when it comes to any job on your drainage system, especially emptying. Otherwise, the results could get pretty messy. It’s also vital that the company you use have a waste disposal license, or you could land yourself in a bit of bother. You can check for appropriate licenses on the Environment Agency website.

A septic tank company will use a tanker and a large suction hose to drain the contents of your septic tank. They will then take it away and safely dispose of the waste.

What Happens If I Notice Septic Tank Problems Due To Infrequent Emptying?

Unlike the Proseptic team, sewage treatment probably isn’t the first thing on your mind. Therefore, septic tank emptying can fall by the wayside every now and again.

As soon as you remember, get your septic tank emptied straight away by an expert. Then, if you do start to notice problems with your septic tank, such as gurgling pipes, soggy ground or unusual smells contact Proseptic and we can conduct a free site survey to get to the bottom of the issue. It’s vital you contact us as soon as you notice any issues to prevent larger, more costly problems developing.

We hope our guide to septic tank emptying has helped to put your mind at ease when it comes to waste disposal. If you need any further help with your drainage system, please don’t hesitate to contact our team.

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