Is A Septic Tank Suitable For My Property?

A septic tank is a small-scale sewage system that allows you to carefully and responsibly treat a small amount of waste. These tanks are most commonly found in areas that have little or no connections to the local authority’s main sewage pipelines. Rural areas are the ideal location for installing septic tanks, in fact, as waste treatment plants are usually only found in densely populated areas and not further into the countryside.

Septic tanks are definitely a more convenient and feasible method of waste management, but there are many other advantages to owning one.

Hands-off sewage system

Once installed, a septic tank requires very little attention. The tank and system will remove and treat the waste without human intervention. There is also very little maintenance, as most tanks won’t need emptying for up to 5 years (providing that you have a soak away and overflow connected to the septic system).


Septic tanks range from as low as a couple of hundred pounds to as much as a couple of thousand. Whilst you may think that this isn’t cheap, septic tanks can last a lifetime without needing repairs or replacing. Not to mention the fact that it would cost you hundreds of pounds each year if you had to hire private sewage specialists to come remove your waste on a weekly basis.

Safer waste management

Waste can carry many diseases, including Hepatitis and dysentery, so it can be very dangerous if not disposed of properly. By using a septic tank, you can rest assured that these diseases are eradicated by the bacteria in the tank breaking it down to a safe and non-harmful level.

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Septic Tank Advice

If you are thinking of installing a septic tank for your home, there are a few considerations that you must be aware of to ensure that it works effectively once installed.

Drainage field

If you own a septic system, it is essential that it has an unobstructed drainage field. This means there cannot be any shrubs or trees on the land, as fallen leaves can clog the septic drainage routes, resulting in a large, horrible mess.

Leave it alone

Another vital factor to ensure that a septic system works effectively is that you must leave it alone to do its thing. The only thing you must do after installation is ensure that you regularly check the bacteria levels. Once you have checked there are ample bacteria in the tank and that it is breaking the waste down, you must just leave it alone and not interfere with it.

James Reeve worked as a plumber in a previous life. He now regularly shares his expertise by blogging on behalf of a group of UK London plumbers.

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