Septic tank, sewage treatment plant and cesspit installations

Septic tank installation

Installing a septic tank is a complicated and involved project. There are numerous rules and regulations surrounding septic tanks covering everything – from where it can be situated, to where the waste water must go once it leaves the septic tank (you can read more about septic tank regulations in our article which explains them all for you).

It is no longer legal to discharge the waste water from a septic tank straight to a watercourse or ditch, so it can only go to a soakaway or drainage field. Calculating the format and size of soakaway system is crucial in avoiding any septic tank problems in future, and often needs percolation tests undertaken to make sure that the ground is suitable.

If you are looking to install a new septic tank because your current septic tank is damaged, call our team today. You might be covered by your existing buildings insurance policy, and we may be able to get the costs of the new tank installation covered by your insurer. Our team are experts at managing claims for damaged septic tanks, and there’s no cost to you for us to manage a claim on your behalf. Call our team today on 01628 788600 to find out more.

If you are looking to install a septic tank at a new property, or because you need to upgrade your current system, we can also help. We partner with a network of the best septic tank installers, and we can quickly let you know who we work with in your area – saving you the time and hassle of searching yourself.

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Sewage treatment plant installation

As the waste water leaving a sewage treatment plant is typically cleaner and more environmentally friendly than the waste from a septic tank, there are more options available when it comes to sewage treatment plant installation.

It might be possible to connect the treatment plant to a local watercourse or ditch, or if there aren’t any that run close to your property then a soakaway system or drainage field may be required. If no ditch is available, and there is insufficient room for a drainage field, there are other options for the waste water leaving the treatment plant including a deep soakaway chamber, or a borehole soakaway. Due to their depth, both of these options would be subject to permission from the Environment Agency.

Call our team today about your sewage treatment plant installation. If your current sewage treatment plant is damaged, we might be able to help you get the costs of a new installation by your buildings insurer. If you are simply looking to upgrade, our team will be able to recommend to you our best partner installer in your area.

Here is a video below of a sewage treatment plant installation that we recently managed for a property owner:

Cesspit installation

Cesspits are often viewed as a last resort off mains drainage system. There are a number of reasons for this:

  • they are purely a holding tank for your property’s waste, and don’t provide any form of treatment – therefore any damage to the tank can cause real pollution problems
  • cesspits are much larger than sewage treatment plants or septic tanks as they have no outlet
  • cesspits require emptying much more frequently than a sewage treatment plant or septic tank – often around 6-10 times a year, which can prove very costly for the property owner

Permission will only be granted by the Environment Agency and Building Control for cesspit installation if all other possible options for drainage at the property have been explored.

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