Septic Tanks

Septic Tank Maintenance & Installation


Why Choose Trent’s Drains For Your Septic Tank Installation & Maintenance Services?

Trent’s Drains offers a complete service when it comes to septic tanks. We provide expert-level maintenance services so that you can ensure your septic tank is always up to date and not at risk of damage. Plus a septic tank installation service that is quick, affordable and reliable, ensuring safe disposal of domestic and commercial wastewater from an array of different types of septic tanks that we can install in your home or business.

Trent’s Drains is the perfect solution for all your septic tank needs with our professional and accredited team that specializes in septic tank emptying, sewage systems maintenance and septic tank repairs. We work with a variety of tanks including shallow-dig septic tanks and low-profile septic tanks.

We provide a high-quality service like no other and there is a reason why we are the leading drainage repair specialists across Somerset. You are in safe hands when choosing Trent’s Drains for your septic tank services and don’t just take our word for it:

  • Our engineers are British Water Accredited Service Technicians meaning they are fully qualified in septic tank maintenance and installation ensuring you are in safe hands.
  • Our sewage treatment services are in line with the British Standards and General Binding Rules (GBR) as laid out by the Environmental Permitting Regulations of 2014.

For more information about our septic tank services, please get in contact with a member of the team on 01179490155 or email us at .

What Does Our Septic Tank Maintenance Include?

Regular maintenance of your septic tank system is a great preventative measure against potentially costly replacements in the future. If you book regular inspections with our professionals, it’ll include regular cleaning and jetting so blockages, unpleasant drainage smells and broken pipes can be avoided.

Your septic tank system has both mechanical and electrical components that need to be checked and maintained. If you are hoping to maintain the longevity of your septic waste system and want to avoid expensive repairs ensuring that your septic tank is serviced and properly maintained is vital.

Here at Trent’s Drains our technicians are British Water Accredited Service Technicians meaning they have been trained and assessed to be competent in this specialist occupation. British Water and environmental regulators recommend using companies with British Water Accredited Service Technicians for a reliable and comprehensive septic tank service.

We provide septic tank maintenance on the following septic tanks and sewage treatment plants:

Sewage Treatment Plants

  • Ensign:Ultra™
  • Shallow Ensign:Ultra™
  • Ensign:Standard™
  • Shallow Ensign:Standard™
  • Marsh Ultra:Polylok L – 6 and 12
  • Gem-APS (Aerated Precipitation System)
  • Portapura

Septic Tanks

  • Horizontal septic tanks
  • Euro:Septic™

If you have any questions regarding the process, feel free to get in touch on 01179490155 or email us at and our team will help you with your septic tank maintenance requirements.

Keep Your Sewage Treatment System Compliant With Legal Regulations

Septic Tank Regulations & Requirements

On the 1st of January 2015, the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2014 came into force creating a set of rules and regulations known as General Binding Rules (GBR) for all septic and sewage tanks. 

These regulations were put into place to regulate and control the levels of pollution that were being discharged into watercourses across the country from septic tanks.

Therefore, in this current day, to comply with the GBR, you require a sewage treatment plant that produces water that is clean enough to discharge straight into a watercourse without the risk of pollution.

Here at Trent’s Drains, we can provide you with a sewage treatment system that is fully compliant with GBR and the British Standards. For more information, please get in touch on 01179490155 or email us at .

Rules For New Sewage Treatment Systems

Under the General Binding Rules, you must ensure that your new drainage field or sewage treatment system meets the relevant British Standards that were in place at the time of installation. The standards currently in place are:

  • Septic tanks and small sewage treatment plants – BS EN 12566
  • Drainage fields – BS 6297:2007

In addition, the following applies if:

  • Your discharge from a septic tank or small sewage treatment plant started on or after 1st January 2015.
  • You had a discharge to the ground before 1st January 2015 which you now want to change to a discharge to surface water or vice versa.
  • You had a discharge to the ground before 1st January 2015 and you want to install a new drainage field more than 10 metres away from the existing one or which goes to different surface water.

Under the additional rules, you will need to ensure:

  • You have Planning Permission and Building Regulation approval before the installation of a new sewage treatment plant.
  • There is no public sewer within 30 metres of the building your treatment plant serves.
  • The discharge point is not in or near designated sensitive areas such as areas of conservation.
  • The surface water has a flow.
  • If using a partial drainage field, you’ll need to ensure it meets the requirements.

Find out more about the additional rules for treatment systems installed on or after January 1st 2015 here.

Our friendly, reliable engineers have years of experience, skills and expertise to get the job done

All our engineers are fully trained and insured. We will never overcharge you and will always take the time to ensure the job is done to the highest possible standards. Our rapid response times mean we get out to you quickly, with minimal fuss and disruption to you.

But don’t take our word for it. Take a look at some of our latest customer reviews. We pride ourselves on delivering customer satisfaction with every job we undertake.

Frequently Asked Questions About Septic Tanks

These tanks are a fantastic solution for those homes which do not have access to the main public sewers system. The septic tank’s purpose is to hold wastewater. After a long enough time, it allows this waste to separate, so the solids sink to the bottom, encouraging good bacteria which will break down ‘bad bacteria’ ready for a safe sewage disposal.

As long as your septic tank is carefully maintained, properly installed and professionally drained, it is just as suitable as any other waste management system. However, if it is not properly designed and maintained, it could lead to contaminating the surrounding surface, causing harm to the environment. For more information on safe waste disposal, get in touch with our team. 

In England, the registration of your tank is not a requirement, however if you live in Wales or Scotland, you will need to register it. 

You will need to make sure that you follow the correct procedure, which includes having building regulations approval and a planning permission to install your new wastewater tank.

If your tank doesn’t get pumped or emptied on a regular basis, you will eventually find a build up of solid waste which cannot get discharged through the drainage field. Once this buildup exceeds the limit, it will cause an overflow, resulting in wastewater backing up into your property as well as a potential replacement due to additional damages.

There are a number of ways in which you can ensure compliance with the new requirements of the 2020 septic tank regulations and British standards when maintaining or installing a new septic tank for your home. The following things you need to ensure compliance are the following:

  1. That you replace your current septic tank with a sewage treatment plant (also known as a package treatment plant) and make sure that it meets the required British Standards by a certified septic tank technician.
  2. That you install a drainage field system that meets the required British Standards.
  3. That you upgrade your old septic tank to one that can treat water to the same standard as a sewage treatment plant.
  4. That you connect your septic tank to a mains sewer system instead.

We provide our septic tank installation and maintenance service to not only domestic clients but also a wide array of commercial properties including businesses, schools, offices, hotels, care homes, restaurants, campsites and anywhere where businesses do not have a mains sewage system.

Therefore, if you require septic tank installation and maintenance services for your business from a reliable, fast and high-quality fully-accredited commercial septic tank company, look no further than Trent’s Drains.

Here at Trent’s Drains, we not only offer septic tank installation and maintenance services for businesses but also domestic properties too.

Thus, if you require a new septic tank to be installed within your home because you have no connection to a mains drainage system or you require general maintenance on an already existing septic tank system, please get in contact with a member of the team on 0117 453 8631 today.

There are a few common signs that can help you recognise whether your septic tank needs repairing. Although you can avoid major emergency situations by regularly maintaining your tank. The following signs can be clear indicators that your sewage treatment plant needs repairing:

  •  If you experience slow draining with your sinks, bath, toilet or any other drainage with a gurgling sound, this could indicate an issue with your tank which needs addressing.


  • Experiencing unpleasant odours coming from your drains is another common sign of drainage problems, and in this case, calling a professional service like Trent’s Drains is crucial to avoid the expansion of a serious problem.


  • If you notice any pooling water around your septic tank area, this is a clear indicator of a problem such as a blocked pipe which will need immediate action.
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