Septic Tank Problems

How do you know if your property has septic tank problems?

Septic tanks, sewage treatment plants and cesspits are out of sight and often out of mind until there’s a problem.  Without being able to see the drainage system, it can be hard to understand exactly what’s going on underground, and therefore what might be causing any septic tank problems.  Here is the UKDP guide to septic tanks, septic tank problems, and what can be done to get your drainage system working again as soon as possible!

How do septic tanks work?

Firstly, it’s useful to understand how a septic tank works, to give you an idea as to what is underneath the ground at your property.

Here’s a basic diagram of a typical septic tank (although do bear in mind that there are a number of different types of tanks):

Septic tank diagram

The waste water from a septic tank will leave the tank and be disposed of in one of two ways:

  • It will either exit through a pipe and be discharged to a local ditch or watercourse (please note that this is no longer allowed under current Environment Agency legislation)
  • Or it will exit into a soakaway system. The phrase `septic tank soakaway’ describes this type of system.

You can view our video below, which explains how a typical septic tank soakaway functions.

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