If you have a septic tank problem, call 0800 505 3230
Because septic tanks are buried underground, they can be easy to forget about and it is difficult for the untrained eye to know when something is wrong with a property’s sewage treatment system. Property owners are often unaware of small changes which can signify that a septic tank is damaged, cracked or blocked, but by understanding how septic tanks work and learning to identify the early warning signs of issues, you have a better opportunity to contact Proseptic before minor issues can cause further damage.
Septic tanks contain two compartments. Effluent from your property enters the first compartment, where solids will remain. The waste then passes through into the second compartment sometimes via a baffle, this acts as a filter and keeps all solid waste in the first compartment. The second compartment works to clean liquid waste before the final product – cleaned effluent waste water - is drained into the drainage field.
Older systems may release the waste water into a ditch or watercourse. However, this system is both outdated and now illegal. Property owners still using this method of effluent disposal should contact Proseptic to discuss installing a soakaway to keep the property in line with current Environment Agency legislation.
The three main reasons for septic tank problems are;
Septic tanks can become weakened due to repeated pressure on the external walls, this can be from plants and tree roots growing in the direction of the system and putting pressure on the walls, or may even be from vehicles being driven over the site of the septic tank. Sometimes, this cannot be avoided, as property owners may not be aware of the exact location of the septic tank, or it may even be situated under a neighbour’s property.
Over time, the sludge and solid waste can build up within the septic tank and can cause the filters and pipes to become blocked. Even a low build-up will make pipes narrower and slow the efficiency of the system significantly. The build-up can also cause pressure internally and, in extreme cases, may result in the walls or filters splitting and breaking.
All sewage treatment systems see wear and tear over time, the age of your septic tank is a major factor in how well it performs and how likely it is to see issues arise. Similarly, septic tanks which are not properly maintained or have been neglected for some time are more likely to experience problems because of issues which could have been repaired sooner. To avoid septic tank issues as a result of either age or negligence, we advise scheduling an annual septic tank inspection to keep it up-to-date and to tackle potential issues before damage is caused.
Septic tank problems such as small cracks, leaks and blockages give early warning signs, which should be picked up on as soon as possible, contact Proseptic immediately if you spot any of the following signs;
If you feel that your septic tank may have a problem, or have noticed any of the signs detailed above, contact Proseptic on 0800 505 3230 for a thorough investigation into the sewage treatment system and advice on the preventative steps to take to avoid further issues arising.
Call Proseptic now on 0800 505 3230 or email [email protected]