Septic tank emptying

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Septic tank emptying

A septic tank is simply a buried watertight tank which received and provides primary treatment of raw waste. It works by separating and retaining settling and floatable solids. Grease and other light materials float to the top and form a scum layer. Effluent with a very low solid content, leaves via the outlet ‘T-pipe’ to the soak away. The organic solids undergo liquefaction and are partially broken down into dissolved acids and gases.

A septic tank consists of five components

  • a sewer pipe that carries waste from your home to the tank
  • the tank itself
  • a pipe carrying the treated waste water from the tank to your soak away/drain field
  • a soak away to disperse the treated water
  • the soil/media around the soak away that provides the final treatment

You can extend the life of your septic tank by watching what goes into it… this means NO food scraps, coffee grinds, sands, gravel, greases, oils etc. Beware of chemicals and solvents that will kill the helpful bacteria in your tank. Finally, have your tank emptied annually as sludge and scum must not be allowed to accumulate and enter the soak away.

All loads are disposed of at Yorkshire Water Sewage Treatment Works in compliance with current legislation.

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