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Klargester Alpha 2,800 Litre Septic TankKlargester Alpha 2,800 Litre Septic Tank
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The Klargester 2800 litre septic tank is suitable for properties up to 3 bedrooms (5 population) This 2800 Litre septic tank is manufactured by Kingspan Klargester and is suitable for all domestic applications, now comes complete with manhole cover and frame as standard. Specification: Performance tested to EN-12566 (Part 3) requirements Made from composite GRP - strong, light, chemically...
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Clearwater 2,800 Litre Septic Tank
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Clearwater 2,800 Litre Septic Tank
Clearwater 2,800 Litre Septic Tank A 2800 Litre septic tank manufactured by Clearwater suitable for all domestic applications, now comes complete with manhole cover and frame as standard. The Clearwater 2800 litre septic tank is suitable for properties up to 3 bedrooms (5 population) Clearwater septic tanks are designed to meet both the installation requirements and the standards of discharge...
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Klargester Alpha 3,800 Litre Septic TankKlargester Alpha 3,800 Litre Septic Tank
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Klargester Alpha 3,800 Litre Septic Tank
The Klargester 3800 litre septic tank is suitable for properties up to 6 bedrooms (12 population) This 3800 Litre septic tank is manufactured by Kingspan Klargester and is suitable for all domestic applications, now comes complete with manhole cover and frame as standard. Specification: Performance tested to EN-12566 (Part 3) requirements Made from composite GRP - strong, light, chemically...
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Clearwater 3,800 Litre Septic Tank
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Clearwater 3,800 Litre Septic Tank The Clearwater 3800 litre septic tank is suitable for properties up to 6 bedrooms (12 population) Clearwater septic tanks are designed to meet both the installation requirements and the standards of discharge specified by BS 6297: 1983. Clearwater tanks are used for domestic sewage disposal where connection to a mains sewer is not practical. The septic tanks...

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Klargester Alpha 4,600 Litre Septic TankKlargester Alpha 4,600 Litre Septic Tank
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The Klargester 4600 litre septic tank is suitable for properties up to 9 bedrooms (17 population) This 2800 Litre septic tank is manufactured by Kingspan Klargester and is suitable for all domestic applications, now comes complete with manhole cover and frame as standard. Specification: Performance tested to EN-12566 (Part 3) requirements Made from composite GRP - strong, light, chemically...
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Clearwater 4,600 Litre Septic Tank
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Clearwater 4,600 Litre Septic Tank
Clearwater 4,600 Litre Septic Tank A 4600 Litre septic tank manufactured by Clearwater suitable for all domestic applications, now comes complete with manhole cover and frame as standard. The Clearwater 4600 litre septic tank is suitable for properties up to 8 bedrooms (17 population) Clearwater septic tanks are designed to meet both the installation requirements and the standards of discharge...
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2,500 Litre Cabin Waste Water tank
2,500 Litre Cabin Waste Water tank
2500 Litre Cabin Waste Water Tank The Rhino Effluent tank has been designed to meet the needs of the portable sanitation industry. Its low profile design allows it to be positioned alongside or underneath portable site accommodation, toilet blocks, kitchens, canteens and welfare units. High Quality lightweight corrosion free polyethylene construction Designed to fit beneath portable cabins...
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Clearwater 2,800 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
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Clearwater 2,800 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
Clearwater Shallow Dig 2800 Litre Septic Tank This 5 person Clearwater shallow dig septic tank is the perfect choice for when sewage treatment plants, which discharge cleaned effluent into the ground, are not suitable.This tank will store the effluent of 5 people, perfect for off-mains domestic properties, holiday homes and static caravans.Supplied with manhole cover, pedestrian loading, up to 1.5...
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Klargester Sigma 2,800 Litre Shallow Dig Septic TankKlargester Sigma 2,800 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
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Klargester Sigma 2,800 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
Klargester Sigma Shallow Dig 2800 Litre Septic tank This 5 person Klargester shallow dig septic tank is the perfect choice for when sewage treatment plants, which discharge cleaned effluent into the ground, are not suitable. This tank will store the effluent of 5 people, perfect for off-mains domestic properties, holiday homes and static caravans. Supplied with manhole cover, pedestrian loading,...
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Klargester Gamma 2,800 Litre Septic Tank - Single Stage
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Klargester Gamma 2,800 Litre Septic Tank - Single Stage
Klargester Gamma 2800 Litre Septic Tank - Single Stage Kingspan Klargester has developed Gamma as a direct response to market needs an affordable and reliable septic tank that is easy to install in a range of domestic applications. This Septic Tank is a suitable capacity for 5 people. Complete with Standard Inlet Invert: 1000mm and Standard Outlet Invert: 1050mm The Klargester Gamma Septic Tank...
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Klargester Gamma 2,800 Litre Septic Tank - Twin Stage
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Klargester Gamma 2,800 Litre Septic Tank - Twin Stage
Klargester Gamma 2800 Litre Septic Tank - Twin Stage The Twin Stage Gamma Septic Tanks have an internal partition wall. This makes your tank work even better and fits the Scottish regulation for tank installations. Kingspan Klargester has developed Gamma as a direct response to market needs an affordable and reliable septic tank that is easy to install in a range of domestic applications. This...
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Rewatec Septic Tank - 3000 LitreRewatec Septic Tank - 3000 Litre
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Rewatec Septic Tank - 3000 Litre
Rewatec septic tanks With 1,000s of installations already across the UK, the Premier Tech Water and Environment range of Rewatec septic tanks are the solution of choice for the primary treatment of wastewater. CE marked and fully tested and certified to EN12566-1, these discreet and shallow dig tanks are quick to install, easy to use and simple to maintain. They combine durability with reliability...
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Klargester Gamma 3,500 Litre Septic Tank - Single Stage
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Klargester Gamma 3,500 Litre Septic Tank - Single Stage
Klargester Gamma 3500 Litre Septic Tank - Single Stage Kingspan Klargester has developed Gamma as a direct response to market needs an affordable and reliable septic tank that is easy to install in a range of domestic applications. This Septic Tank is a suitable capacity for 10 people. Complete with Standard Inlet Invert: 1000mm and Standard Outlet Invert: 1050mm The Klargester Gamma Septic Tank...
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Klargester Gamma 3,500 Litre Septic Tank - Twin Stage
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Klargester Gamma 3,500 Litre Septic Tank - Twin Stage
Klargester Gamma 3500 Litre Septic Tank - Twin Stage The Twin Stage Gamma Septic Tanks have an internal partition wall. This makes your tank work even better and fits the Scottish regulation for tank installations. Kingspan Klargester has developed Gamma as a direct response to market needs an affordable and reliable septic tank that is easy to install in a range of domestic applications. This...
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Clearwater 3,800 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
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Clearwater 3,800 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
Clearwater Shallow Dig 3800 Litre Septic tank This 12 person Clearwater shallow dig septic tank is the perfect choice for when sewage treatment plants, which discharge cleaned effluent into the ground, are not suitable. This tank will store the effluent of 12 people, perfect for off-mains domestic properties, holiday homes and static caravans. Supplied with manhole cover, pedestrian loading,...

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Klargester Sigma 3,800 Litre Shallow Dig Septic TankKlargester Sigma 3,800 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
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Klargester Sigma 3,800 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
Klargester Sigma Shallow Dig 3800 Litre Septic tank This 12 person Klargester shallow dig septic tank is the perfect choice for when sewage treatment plants, which discharge cleaned effluent into the ground, are not suitable. This tank will store the effluent of 12 people, perfect for off-mains domestic properties, holiday homes and static caravans. Supplied with manhole cover, pedestrian loading,...
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Klargester Gamma 4,000 Litre Septic Tank - Single Stage
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Klargester Gamma 4,000 Litre Septic Tank - Single Stage
Klargester Gamma 4000 Litre Septic Tank - Single Stage Kingspan Klargester has developed Gamma as a direct response to market needs an affordable and reliable septic tank that is easy to install in a range of domestic applications. This Septic Tank is a suitable capacity for 13 people. Complete with Standard Inlet Invert: 1000mm and Standard Outlet Invert: 1050mm The Klargester Gamma Septic Tank...

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Klargester Gamma 4,000 Litre Septic Tank - Twin Stage
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Klargester Gamma 4,000 Litre Septic Tank - Twin Stage
Klargester Gamma 4000 Litre Septic Tank - Twin Stage The Twin Stage Gamma Septic Tanks have an internal partion wall. This makes your tank work even better and fits the Scottish regulation for tank installations. Kingspan Klargester has developed Gamma as a direct response to market needs an affordable and reliable septic tank that is easy to install in a range of domestic applications. This...
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Rewatec Septic Tank - 4000 LitreRewatec Septic Tank - 4000 Litre
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Rewatec Septic Tank - 4000 Litre
Rewatec septic tanks With 1,000s of installations already across the UK, the Premier Tech Water and Environment range of Rewatec septic tanks are the solution of choice for the primary treatment of wastewater. CE marked and fully tested and certified to EN12566-1, these discreet and shallow dig tanks are quick to install, easy to use and simple to maintain. They combine durability with reliability...
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Clearwater 4,800 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
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Clearwater 4,800 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
Clearwater Shallow Dig 4800 Litre Septic tank This 18 person Clearwater shallow dig septic tank is the perfect choice for when sewage treatment plants, which discharge cleaned effluent into the ground, are not suitable. This tank will store the effluent of 18 people, perfect for off-mains domestic properties, holiday homes and static caravans. Supplied with manhole cover, pedestrian loading,...
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Klargester Sigma 4,800 Litre Shallow Dig Septic TankKlargester Sigma 4,800 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
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Klargester Sigma 4,800 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
Klargester Sigma Shallow Dig 4800 Litre Septic tank This 18 person Klargester shallow dig septic tank is the perfect choice for when sewage treatment plants, which discharge cleaned effluent into the ground, are not suitable. This tank will store the effluent of 18 people, perfect for off-mains domestic properties, holiday homes and static caravans. Supplied with manhole cover, pedestrian...
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Rewatec Septic Tank - 5000 LitreRewatec Septic Tank - 5000 Litre
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Rewatec Septic Tank - 5000 Litre
Rewatec septic tanks With 1,000s of installations already across the UK, the Premier Tech Water and Environment range of Rewatec septic tanks are the solution of choice for the primary treatment of wastewater. CE marked and fully tested and certified to EN12566-1, these discreet and shallow dig tanks are quick to install, easy to use and simple to maintain. They combine durability with reliability...
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Clearwater 5,700 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
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Clearwater 5,700 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
Clearwater Shallow Dig 5700 Litre Septic tank This 24 person Clearwater shallow dig septic tank is the perfect choice for when sewage treatment plants, which discharge cleaned effluent into the ground, are not suitable. This tank will store the effluent of 24 people, perfect for off-mains domestic properties, holiday homes and static caravans. Supplied with manhole cover, pedestrian loading,...
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Klargester Sigma 5,700 Litre Shallow Dig Septic TankKlargester Sigma 5,700 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
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Klargester Sigma 5,700 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
Klargester Sigma Shallow Dig 5700 Litre Septic tank This 24 person Klargester shallow dig septic tank is the perfect choice for when sewage treatment plants, which discharge cleaned effluent into the ground, are not suitable. This tank will store the effluent of 24 people, perfect for off-mains domestic properties, holiday homes and static caravans. Supplied with manhole cover, pedestrian...
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Rewatec Septic Tank - 6000 LitreRewatec Septic Tank - 6000 Litre
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Rewatec Septic Tank - 6000 Litre
Rewatec septic tanks With 1,000s of installations already across the UK, the Premier Tech Water and Environment range of Rewatec septic tanks are the solution of choice for the primary treatment of wastewater. CE marked and fully tested and certified to EN12566-1, these discreet and shallow dig tanks are quick to install, easy to use and simple to maintain. They combine durability with reliability...
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Clearwater 7,150 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
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Clearwater 7,150 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
Clearwater Shallow Dig 7150 Litre Septic tank This 34 person Clearwater shallow dig septic tank is the perfect choice for when sewage treatment plants, which discharge cleaned effluent into the ground, are not suitable. This tank will store the effluent of 34 people, perfect for off-mains domestic properties, holiday homes and static caravans. Supplied with manhole cover, pedestrian loading,...
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Klargester Sigma 7,150 Litre Shallow Dig Septic TankKlargester Sigma 7,150 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
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Klargester Sigma 7,150 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
Klargester Sigma Shallow Dig 7150 Litre Septic tank This 34 person Klargester shallow dig septic tank is the perfect choice for when sewage treatment plants, which discharge cleaned effluent into the ground, are not suitable. This tank will store the effluent of 34 people, perfect for off-mains domestic properties, holiday homes and static caravans. Supplied with manhole cover, pedestrian...
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Rewatec Septic Tank - 8000 LitreRewatec Septic Tank - 8000 Litre
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Rewatec septic tanks With 1,000s of installations already across the UK, the Premier Tech Water and Environment range of Rewatec septic tanks are the solution of choice for the primary treatment of wastewater. CE marked and fully tested and certified to EN12566-1, these discreet and shallow dig tanks are quick to install, easy to use and simple to maintain. They combine durability with reliability...
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Clearwater 9,150 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
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Clearwater 9,150 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
Clearwater Shallow Dig 9150 Litre Septic tank This 47 person Clearwater shallow dig septic tank is the perfect choice for when sewage treatment plants, which discharge cleaned effluent into the ground, are not suitable. This tank will store the effluent of 47 people, perfect for off-mains domestic properties, holiday homes and static caravans. Supplied with manhole cover, pedestrian loading,...
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Klargester Sigma 9,150 Litre Shallow Dig Septic TankKlargester Sigma 9,150 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
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Klargester Sigma 9,150 Litre Shallow Dig Septic Tank
Klargester Sigma Shallow Dig 9150 Litre Septic tank This 47 person Klargester shallow dig septic tank is the perfect choice for when sewage treatment plants, which discharge cleaned effluent into the ground, are not suitable. This tank will store the effluent of 47 people, perfect for off-mains domestic properties, holiday homes and static caravans. Supplied with manhole cover, pedestrian...
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Clearwater 10,000 Litre Septic tank
Clearwater 10,000 Litre Septic tank
Clearwater 10,000 Litre Septic tank Clearwater septic tanks are designed to meet both the installation requirements and the standards of discharge specified by BS 6297:1983. Clearwater tanks are used for domestic sewage disposal where connection to a mains sewer is not practical. Whilst achieving a high degree of settlement, producing quality effluent for discharge to a land drainage system, these...
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Klargester 10,000 Litre Septic tankKlargester 10,000 Litre Septic tank
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Rewatec Septic Tank - 10,000 LitreRewatec Septic Tank - 10,000 Litre
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Rewatec Septic Tank - 10,000 Litre
Rewatec septic tanks With 1,000s of installations already across the UK, the Premier Tech Water and Environment range of Rewatec septic tanks are the solution of choice for the primary treatment of wastewater. CE marked and fully tested and certified to EN12566-1, these discreet and shallow dig tanks are quick to install, easy to use and simple to maintain. They combine durability with reliability...
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Septic Tanks

Septic tanks systems are a small-scale sewage treatment works designed to treat wastewater and return it to the environment, while storing the solid waste (sludge). You’ll need to register with the Environmental Protection Agency if your property uses a septic system, and you are responsible for ensuring that your system is functioning properly. That is why supplying our customers the highest-quality septic tanks is of paramount importance to us.

How a septic tank system works

Wastewater enters the septic tank through the inlet pipe. Heavy waste sinks to the bottom and lighter waste floats to the top, while the effluent remains between these two layers. As more and more waste flows into the septic tank, the effluent is pushed through the outlet pipe into a closed network of perforated pipes, filtering through the bed and into the soil below. We know the importance of using high-quality septic tanks and only stock brands we trust, including Klargester and Clearwater.

Maintenance

Your septic tank will need to be emptied periodically to remove the sludge that builds up over time. The frequency will depend on the number of people using the system, but it’s usually done every six to twelve months. Items such as nappies and sanitary towels will quickly clog your septic tank (and most other waste treatment systems) so dispose of these with your rubbish rather than flushing them. Fat and grease can also create build up in the pipes and septic tank. The system relies on a delicate ecological balance, so be careful about introducing hazardous chemicals into the system, such as varnish or paint thinners. A reasonable amount of domestic cleaning products or household detergents will be fine.

FAQs

Due to the new regulations, do I need to upgrade to a Sewage Treatment System?

Under Environment Agency Septic Tank General Binding Rules, if your septic tank discharges into surface water, like a stream, river, ditch, surface water drain etc., it should have been replaced with a full sewage treatment plant by the 1st January 2020. By not carrying out the replacement, you could be liable to a hefty fine.

At Tanks Direct we stock a wide range of sewage treatment plants from leading manufacturers including Klargester Biodisc, Klargester Biotec and Harlequin Hydroclear. A sewage treatment plant removes contaminants from wastewater using the growth of bacteria to break down the sewage. They produce cleaner and more environmentally friendlier effluent. Domestic sewage treatment plants are the perfect alternative when it isn’t legal to have a septic tank.

My old tank needs some parts replacing do you offer this?

Yes we offer the full range of Klargester replacement parts, please see our waste water parts section for more: /parts-accessories/waste-water-accessories/c946

Septic tanks vs cesspools, which is best?

A cesspool (sometimes called a cesspit) is just a holding tank for wastewater. It only has one pipe connection fitted, that lets the waste into the tank. There is no treatment of the waste, so the sewage just builds up in the tank and needs to be emptied by a sewage disposal tanker every month or so (depending on how big the cesspool is and how many people are using it).

 A septic tank is a step up from a cesspool. A septic tank has two pipe connections - one for the inlet, that lets wastewater in, and an outlet, that discharges treated wastewater into a soak away. Like a cesspool, a septic tank will need to have sludge emptied by a disposal tanker, but not at the rate of a cesspool. Septic tanks are a much better and cleaner sewage system. They treat the waste, so it can safely interact with our environment and require emptying less often, saving you money.

How to Discharge Waste from Septic Tanks

There are 3 options available:

(1) Connect to a main sewer if possible
(2) install a drainage field or
(3) install a sewage treatment plant which treats the wastewater, producing a clear overflow that is environmentally friendly and suitable for discharging.

To see our full range of sewage treatment plants, visit our dedicated sewage treatment plant page.

Why should I look after my septic tank system?

Within the tank, there should be lots of bacterial activity, digesting the organic waste in the effluent layer and sludge layer. The rate of digestion is dependent on the bacteria present, the amount of oxygen and the amount of inbound wastewater. If the bacteria can’t keep up digesting the organic material in the wastewater, two things happen. Firstly, there will be a build-up of sludge that will require pumping out. Secondly, undigested effluent waste in the middle liquid layer will flow straight into the soak away, increasing the chances of soak away drainage and blockages.

If your septic tank system is not in good working order, it can be a serious risk to both health and the environment. You also have a legal responsibility to maintain your septic tank system. In looking after your septic tank, it will have to be emptied less frequently, and this will save you money. A septic tank system can also be costly to replace if it fails.

Follow these key steps to keep your septic tank system healthy:

  1. Don’t overload the tank
    Consider how much waste might be running into the tank in one go. If you have multiple showers running at the same time, as well as the washing machine and the dishwasher, the tank will be receiving a significant amount of liquid in one go. While that liquid may not hold excessive amounts of organic waste, it could stir up the waste in the tank, mixing sludge and scum into the clear water middle layer, which will then overflow into the drain field and soak away. Be mindful and try to balance what flows out into the tank, as much as possible, throughout the day.
     
  2. Reduce the amount of water you’re using
    Not only will this lower your water bills, reducing the volume of water you use will improve the performance of your septic tank system. There are several ways to do this:
  • Consider more efficient toilet cisterns
  • Use plugs in sinks and basins
  • Take shorter showers/use less bathwater
  • Use eco settings on washing machines and dishwashers

Think about what you’re flushing

Sanitary products, wipes and cotton buds contain plastics in some shape or form, and the good bacteria in your tank can only digest organic waste. Therefore, you must never flush these types of products. Harsh chemical products, like bleaches and paint strippers, are going to kill the bacterial population in your tank, resulting in poor waste digestion and will negatively affect your septic tank performance. Fats, oils and grease may create blockages and are a major component of scum layers on the surface of the tank.

What checks should I make on my septic tank system?

If your septic tank system is in good working order you should have the following:

  • Your household drainage should be quick to clear, and toilets should not be backing up
  • There should be no smell from your tank and the cover should be accessible and well fitting
  • The soak away should be dry not swampy, smelly or have prolific grass growth
  • A pale liquid with little or no smell should come from the discharge pipe. It should not be dark, smelly or contain solids
  • Makes sure to keep deep-rooted trees and plants at least 30 m away from your system. Keep the grass nearby short.

If any of the above is showing signs that your septic tank system is not in proper working order, you must get it repaired or replaced by a credited installer.

How often should I empty my septic tank?

To keep your septic tank performing as well as possible, we recommend you have it emptied regularly. This will reduce the risk of a build-up of sludge, which can lead to problems with your system. This could be anything from an unpleasant smell to a complete system failure. It can be tricky and expensive to fix issues with your septic tank, so make sure you get the tank emptied regularly and before these issues occur, and make sure the company you use to empty your septic tank is registered to do so.

Of course, how often it should be emptied will depend on several factors including the size of your septic tank (a small one will need emptying more often than a larger one), the number of people using the system and what you are flushing into the septic tank.

It is important that you recognise the signs that your septic tank is full – to save you money, stress, and ensure that your environment is kept safe. Here are some signs that may indicate your tank is full:

  • Wastewater overflows into the drainage area, and you see pools of water appearing near your septic tank.
  • Water starts to drain away slowly from sinks, drains and toilets.
  • You notice nasty odours.
  • Grass above the septic tank or drainage area is especially green as there is a lot of water around.
  • Sewage begins to back up as the wastewater has nowhere to go. This is the worst, and most expensive way, to find out your tank is full!

Do I need to register my tank?

Different areas of Great Britain have different requirements: -

  • England – No charge
  • Northern Ireland – Yes, a charge applies
  • Scotland – Yes, a charge applies
  • Wales – Yes, no charge applies in most cases

Is the landlord responsible for emptying the septic tank?

If you own a property which you rent, or you are a tenant yourself, it can become a little less clear who has the responsibility to empty the septic tank. Maintenance and responsibility can be written into the tenancy agreement. If you are a landlord renting out a property with a septic tank you may need to put measures in place if you want the tenant to take responsibility for the septic tank. You may need an inspection or service after the end of any tenancy period. As a tenant, if it is written into the tenancy agreement that you have responsibility for the septic tank, you might also want to insist upon an inspection to ensure you aren’t inheriting any issues you would then be liable to pay for is one way to do this. Checking the schedule of maintenance and the obligations is another before any serious issues can occur. Following the guidelines of the septic tank is important too.

Do septic tanks need servicing?

You should have your septic tank system regularly maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If these are not available, ask your local maintenance company for advice. This will save costly repairs or replacement of the sewage system in the long term.

Does my septic tank need a permit?

If your tank does not comply with the “General Binding Rules” you must apply for a permit. To see the General Binding Rules go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/general-binding-rules-small-sewage-discharge-to-a-surface-water

How far should my septic tank be from the house?

Septic tanks should be at least 7 metres away from any dwelling. They should also be located within 30 metres of an access point so that the tank can be emptied.

What are some things that should not be put into the septic tank system?

  • Don’t flush anything other than bodily waste and toilet paper down the toilet
  • Don’t dispose of grease or oil down any drain – wipe out pans and pour fat into a container to be disposed of in the bin
  • Don’t put paints, solvents or chemicals down the drain
  • Don’t try to unblock pipes with caustic soda or drain cleaners. Try boiling water instead
  • Don’t connect rainwater pipes to your septic tank

What are your options when it comes to the Septic Tank Regulations

If your current system discharges directly into a water course, you will need to upgrade your system. To go through your options give us a call, and we can talk you through the various options.

Find out more about our sewage treatment systems here