Septic tank domestic cleaning – how does it work?
As part of our comprehensive waste management service here at BKP, we are able to offer a septic tank emptying service for household and business customers whose properties produce sewage and wastewater.
If you have found any issues with your septic tank that need treating or if you’d simply like to book us for a one-off or regular service, we are on hand to assist you with everything you require to ensure a fully-functioning septic tank system.
Septic tank emptying – How it works
Although sewage treatment techniques have been around for hundreds of years, it's only been in the last fifty years or so that legislation was introduced in regards to the sizing and condition of the treatment provided, and the permissions to discharge settled water to soakaway and herringbone land drainage.
Septic tanks generally consist of two chambers with a dividing wall that allows solid and liquid waste to separate and be treated accordingly. The tanks are manufactured from either concrete rings, brick, glass-reinforced plastic or polyethene.
The waste produced by the property discharges by gravity into one chamber, which sees the solids either sink or float. The liquid is discharged into the second chamber, which allows any smaller solids to settles. The liquid that is left over is then discharged into a soakaway, a filter bed or a herringbone land drain.
Treating the environment inside of a septic tank
Thanks to naturally-occurring bacteria, that affects only the impurities in wastewater, pollution issues with septic tanks will be a rarity if materials other than those that are intended or designed to enter a septic tank aren't disposed of in the same way.
If other, harmful materials are disposed of down the sink or the toilet then the drain system could experience a blockage or the environment inside of the septic tank could be compromised. This will lead to pollutants being present in the tank.
- You should always use items such as toilet fresheners, mild detergents, washing powders/liquids and fabric conditioners in moderation. Doing so will not affect the natural bacteria in the tank. You should only use liquids such as bleach and disinfectants scarcely as they contain elements that can kill the 'good' bacteria that help the septic tank to function.
- You should not flush more 'substantial' items, such as nappies, sanitary products or even kitchen towels down a toilet as they all have the potential to cause blockages. Other items that you shouldn't dispose of down a sink include thick liquids such as oil, fat, grease or paint. All of these named items should be disposed of as per their instructions. It's also important to note that rainwater drainage pipes, due to their collection of debris, should never be connected to the septic tank too.
How often do I need my septic tank to be emptied and cleaned?
Although the vast majority of people abide by the two points above, septic tank emptying will still need to be performed regularly to ensure that no major issues arise. In the majority of cases, septic tanks will only need to be cleaned out once or twice a year because the good bacteria will break down most of the organic waste. The only ‘waste’ that is left over will be manufactured items, such as toilet paper (which will break down over time – unlike the other materials mentioned above).
As long as there is a healthy amount of the good bacteria present within the tank (and not heavily contaminated with harmful substances), the tank will look after itself. However, if there has been a number of years between emptying and cleaning, the waste will become toxic to itself and produce pungent smells. This is the classic identifier that the tank needs cleaning.
Why choose BKP for domestic septic tank cleaning?
Here at BKP, we are a versatile and highly-skilled waste management company that has been involved in the industry for well over 50 years now. Our many years of experience provide an insight into how we have constantly changed and adapted to new trends, technologies and legislations in order to be able to offer our customers the most comprehensive waste management service.
A comprehensive waste management service, of high-standards
Whether it's septic tank emptying, the removal of asbestos, hazardous waste or industrial waste services you need, you can feel rest-assured that we will be able to treat all of your waste swiftly and professionally. As we are fully accredited by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), holding certifications in quality management and environmental control, we are able to provide you the peace of mind that all of our work abides by the highest standards possible.
A client-dedicated service
As part of our dedication to customer service, we are constantly looking at ways and measures on how we are able to improve the experience of our customers. One aspect that we have recently introduced within the last few years has been that of a forward diary system. Without having to worry about booking their septic tank emptying service manually, customers will be able to automatically book themselves in – cutting down on the time it takes to use our service.
Perceptive, agile and responsive waste treatment
Aside from keeping up with the latest industry changes, we are constantly reviewing and updating our waste management strategies that have provided individuals and businesses with a bespoke waste service, designed to suit whatever needs and operations that each customer has. To find out what some of our past customers say about our service, please feel free to view our testimonials.
Comprehensive waste management from BKP
If you would like further information on any aspect of our septic tank emptying, cleaning and maintenance service, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us today. For a free, instant quote on the job you need carrying out, you can call us on 0800 376 5004 or alternatively, you can send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll reply with all of the information you need as soon as possible.