Septic Tanks

Septic Tanks

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What do our Septic tank solutions include?

  • The team at Trent’s Drains specialise 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, ensuring a safe disposal of domestic and commercial wastewater. 
  • MEWP and PASMA trained engineers can deal with removing non-hazardous waste from your tanks and cesspits which require regular cleaning for an efficient drainage system.  These under ground chambers can be regularly maintained by our expert team, and we guarantee a budget friendly price for all your drainage needs. 
  • Clean out hazardous waste providing a highly trusted removal service.
  • Our team can also provide a CCTV drainage survey. This includes a full CCTV report carried out with our top of the range CCTV equipment to identify any issues in your system and any build up. Our drainage survey also focuses on identifying and sorting out the pest activity in the drains.

new septic tank Regulations

One of the most common ways of discharging waste from a septic tank is into a watercourse; this is generally a local stream or river. The Environmental Agency has now determined that the quality of this wastewater from these septic tanks is not fit to be discharged without causing pollution.

A sewage treatment plant produces water that is clean enough to discharge straight into a watercourse without the risk of pollution.

how to ensure compliance

There are a number of ways in which you can ensure compliance with the new requirements before the 2020 deadline:

  • Replace your current septic tank with a sewage treatment plant (also known as a package treatment plant) that meets the required British Standard
  • Install a drainage field system that meets the required British Standard
  • Upgrade your old septic tank to one that can treat water to the same standard as a sewage treatment plant
  • Connect to a mains sewer system instead

If you have an emergency for drainage clearance or drain unblocking call us now

rules for new treatment systems

Under the General Binding Rules, you must ensure that your new drainage field or sewage treatment system meet 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 requirements.
Find out more about the additional rules for treatment systems installed on or after January 1st 2015 here.

How do i know if a septic tank

needs repairing?

You can prevent 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.

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.

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