Septic Tank Drainage and How It Works

Having a septic tank system that has been well designed and properly installed, can last for decades or fail in just a few years without the proper care. Maintaining a septic tank system and ensuring it is draining properly is essential and if it’s not done, you could easily spend thousands of pounds replacing a failed septic tank system. If you want your septic tank to work efficiently for many years, you need to understand septic tank drainage, how it works, and how to look after it.

Good septic tank maintenance starts with understanding how these systems work and how easily they can fail, without the proper care. In this article we are going to look closely at the septic tank system, why things go wrong, and how to look after your septic tank drainage properly.

Septic Tank Drainage and Maintenance

Septic tank drainage takes care and attention to ensure you get as many years of trouble free drainage from your septic tank as possible. However, if you don’t know how a septic tank works, it is easy to cause more harm than good to the system. Below are a couple of maintenance tips that should keep your septic tank draining properly:

Problems with Your Septic Tank Drainage System

Wastewater draining into your septic tank system should only include waste from your property’s toilets, sinks, kitchen appliances, and showers. Avoid allowing the following items to pass into your septic tank as they are likely to cause problems with effective drainage:

  • Sanitary products
  • Disposable nappies
  • Face wipes

You should also be aware of what you pour down the sink, avoiding:

  • Fats or cooking oils that should be disposed of separately instead of down the sink. Fats and oils are one of the most common causes of septic tank drainage problems.
  • Anti-bacterial products from cleaning products should be avoided because they can kill the ‘good’ bacteria housed in your septic tank which helps break down effluent. Instead of using chemical cleaning products, we recommend using eco-friendly product ranges, such as Ecover, to avoid causing problems with your septic tank system.

Empty Your Septic Tank Regularly

Effective septic tank drainage relies a lot on ensuring that your septic tank is emptied regularly so that your septic tank can drain properly. Emptying a septic tank involves removing the solids and waste water from your tank. If you want to find out more about this, septic tank pumping is a service we offer, so call us today to find out more.

How often you need your septic tank to be emptied depends on numerous factors, such as the number of people living in your home. However, generally most septic tanks only need emptying once a year. If you are unsure, give us a call, we would be more than happy to answer your questions.

Assess Your Septic Tank for Problems

When your septic tank is emptied by our team at Coastal Drains, we also carry out a number of visual checks to see whether there are any problems with your drainage system. It is important to spot signs of trouble, such as:

  • Dirty surface water pooling above the ground where your sewage system is located
  • Your toilets flushing slowly or overflowing
  • Your septic tank filling up far more quickly than normal and needing emptying more frequently than usual

At Coastal Drains, we know the signs to look out for. So, if you notice anything unusual about your septic tank, call us right away. Whatever the problem, it is always best to get it checked as soon as possible, as a septic tank with compromised drainage can be a big problem if left unchecked.

Septic Tank Drainage Regulations

As of the 1st January 2020, new rules were enforced regarding environmentally-friendly septic tank drainage and waste disposal. These new general binding rules ensure that all septic tank discharges are legal and that homeowners are using their septic tanks in safe and hygienic ways. The new guidelines ensure that all waste water discharged from septic tanks is disposed of safely so that there is no risk to your health, and no pollution to the environment.

If you have not read about the new septic tank regulations, you can find out more here or you can visit the septic tank regulations page on the Gov.uk website. If you have any questions and you want to find out more about the environment agency’s treatment system improvements to protect the environment, give us a call today. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about your sewage treatment plant and the groundwater source protection zones near you.

Here at Coastal Drains, we have worked hard to collate all the information about septic tank regulations in one place so that you can find out everything you need to know. If you have any questions about the new drainage regulations, call us today, we would be more than happy to help.

Contact Us Today About Septic Tank Drainage

As experts in drainage, we know what it takes to keep septic tank systems draining properly. Do you own a septic tank system? Contact us today to talk about septic tank drainage and how to care for your system properly.