What To Look For If You Suspect A Damaged Or Full Septic Tank
A; Backing up of sewage in the drainage pipe work and manholes.
B: . A high level or possible flooding of effluent in the area of the tank access covers.
C: . Dark effluent with an unpleasant odors emerging onto the surface near the tank or at some other location from the tank.
D: A combination of all of the above factors.
common septic tank problem that is encountered with is the failure of
the soakaway system to function correctly. if the system is not
effectively separating solids from liquids then the effluent leaving
the septic tank and entering the soakaway will in time tend to clog the
soakaway.As more and more solid material enters the soakaway then less
of the sub soil has sufficient permeability to allow dispersion of the
effluent into the sub soil. If the rate of sewage entering the tank
per day is greater than can be dissipated by the soakaway then an
excess of sewage in the system will result. This will build up in the
drainage pipes and manholes and/or may rise above the soakaway and
breakout onto the surface. To rectify the problem a simple de-sludge
of the tank and if possible a jet clean of the soakaway may be all that
is necessary. It is more likely however that some repair work to the
soakaway will be required.
Bleach & Other Detergents
Because we use a significantly higher use of water and household
cleaners in our modern life it is very difficult to achieve a good
anaerobic action in septic tanks. So if you have a modern tank unit,
using bleaches and detergents (in normal quantities) should not present
any adverse effect. With more traditional tank systems you are more
susceptible to problems due to bleaches and detergents. If the tank is
of small capacity or of only one chamber then you may find the soakaway
will have a reduced life span.
My Tank Is Overflowing ?
your tank is over flowing you need to check if you have been
de-sludging on an annual basis. If you have then it is likely that
there is some problem with the system.
A: . If you are
lucky there may be a blockage or build up of debris on the outlet T
pipe, a simple de-sludge should solve the problem.
If the soakaway is no longer effective and may have come to the end of
its useful life, then a new soakaway will need to be installed.
. The septic tank may be undersized for the current usage. If the tank
was built in the 1930,s then it was not designed for that dishwasher
and en-suite shower! A new septic tank or sewage treatment plant may
need to be considered.
Do I Have The Right Septic Tank ?
size, style and construction of your septic tank need to be suitable
for the flow that you are producing.The main purpose of a septic system
is to remove solids and only allow liquid effluent to discharge into
the soakaway system.If a septic tank is under sized then you are likely
to reduce the life of your soakaway system.As a very general guide the
average family house should have a septic tank system with a total
holding capacity of approximately 1000 gallons. A common problem is the
original septic tank may now be too small for modern usage. Over the
past years household water use has increased and we now produce higher
volumes of waste water.
By contacting us we can advise further on your own system.
more information on your Tank either call us on 01535-631020 or speak
to one of our professional operatives when they call to empty your tank