Understanding and Maintaining Septic Systems

By December 6, 2018Blog

If you are thinking of buying a home with a septic system, there are certain factors you should be aware of. The system consists of a septic tank, which is connected to your home via a series of pipes and this watertight tank needs to be emptied periodically. At J H Willis & Son, we have all the necessary equipment to safely empty septic tanks and we have many commercial and domestic customers across the North West region of the UK.

How the System Works

The effluent from a property is collected into a septic tank and a process of settling occurs, with solid waste sinking to the bottom where it undergoes bacterial digestion. This changes the composition from solid to sludge, which builds up at the bottom of the tank, while grease rise to the surface, forming a crust. The liquid, or effluent is dispersed into the surrounding soil, which causes a natural filtering and cleansing process.

Emptying the Septic Tank

As a rough guide, a property occupied by two people would require the septic tank emptied and cleaned every 7 or 8 years, while a family of four would see this drop to 3-4 years. Our huge effluent tankers have a capacity of 2600 litres, which is more than enough for a single septic system. We are a fully licensed waste management company, so you can be sure that the waste is responsible disposed of, and our tank emptying process is safe and comprehensive, ensuring that you and your family are not exposed to harmful bacteria.

Signs your Septic Tank Needs Emptying

  • Bad Odour – If there is a build-up of sludge inside the tank, this means there is less space for the effluent to be broken down and subsequently, solids are mixed with the liquid effluent that drains into the surrounding soil. This causes a bad odour and if you notice a nasty smell, it is probably time to have the septic tank desludged.
  • Build up of Water – Another sign is a build-up of water around the tank, as the effluent takes longer to break down, and should this be the case, call us and we’ll arrange for the tank to be emptied and desludged.
  • Slower than Normal Toilet Flushing – If the septic tank is full, effluent might back up into the sewage pipes, causing the flushing and removal of the waste to be impeded. If you should notice any of the above symptoms, it is time to have the septic tank emptied and this is a specialist process that can only be carried out by licensed and accredited companies such as ourselves.

Serious Health Hazard

A septic tank system that is underperforming results in a serious health hazard and it is essential to have the tank emptied. We have been servicing domestic and commercial customers for many years and we are the go to company when it comes to septic system maintenance.

If you would like a quote, fill in the online form or call us on 0151 356 0351 and let us handle your septic tank maintenance.