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Septic Tanks

Septic tanks are specifically designed to receive all types of sewage. Clean/treated water is eventually released into a soak-away, the remaining sludge and filtered effluent needs to be emptied periodically – at least every 18 to 24 months. They do not rely on a connection to mains sewage systems which makes them ideal for remote rural locations such as with many of our customers in Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire.

However, following heavy rain, problems can appear such as the septic tank overflowing, with septic tank effluent appearing at ground level, seeping into ditches or backing-up the pipes. These are common septic tank problems that we are experienced at dealing with.

Most common septic tank problems and failures, with both brick and fibreglass ones, are due to the soakaway and not to the septic tank itself. There is one thing certain about a septic tank soakaway - IT CAN OFTEN FAIL!

How quickly the septic tank soakaway becomes a failure depends on several factors which include how well the septic tank has been maintained, the nature of the soil, the height of the winter water table, heavy rain periods and the deterioration of the septic tank itself.

South West Drainage Services can offer septic tank installation, repairs and refurbishment. Call us on 07743 144124 to find out how we can help.