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Extend the Life of Your Sewage Treatment Plant

Whether you’ve lived in a property with a septic tank sewage system your whole life, or just had one installed for the first time, there are lots of measures you can take to extend the life of your septic tank and soakaway.

Here are our top tips to enjoy a trouble-free sewage treatment plant with minimal disruption or downtime for years to come (whilst saving some money at the same time).

Step 1: Consider what goes down your drains
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At one time or another most of us will have washed one-too-many plates of left-over food straight down the sink only to find that the very next day horrible smells are coming from the drains and water is flowing slowly down the sink.

Whilst this might seem obvious, there are some less-obvious liquids that we innocently put down our sinks that can also wreak havoc with aseptic tank. These range from anti-bacterial cleaners and chemicals that can kill the beneficial bacteria in your septic tank, to various types of grease and oil that cannot be easily absorbed.

But that only scratches the surface of what people wash down their sinks and toilets. Waste like cat litter, nappies, sanitary items, coffee grounds and cigarette ends should never be flushed down a toilet. The only outcome will be a very quick blockage in your system. You should also be mindful of using waste disposal units when you’re running off a septic tank sewage system as these will also add to the volume of solids entering the system.

Step 2: Avoid overloading your system

Your system can easily become overloaded if some prior thought isn’t given to its capacity, your water requirements and your property.

Starting with your property, you should ensure rainwater is diverted away from your tank and soakaway drainfield as much as possible to minimise the undue pressure this can put on your system. Rainwater can be diverted by using guttering, landscaping, ground drains and roofing.

But it’s not just nature that can result in a saturated septic tank – we can be to blame too! Older septic tank installed a long time ago might not meet current standards and as a result cannot cope with a typical household’s water consumption. In cases like this, measures need to be taken to reduce water consumption.

Some ways to do this could include low-flow showers, low consumption washing machines, reduced use of dishwashers, and repairing leaks and drips.

 Step 3: Plan and maintain your landscaping

Wherever possible it is best to keep trees away from the area where your septic tank and soakaway have been installed. The suggested clearance area is 30 metres which increases the likelihood of avoiding damage tree root which can cause serious harm to a drainage system. Aggressive roots should be kept even further away, including willows and poplars.

The good news is that nature doesn’t just threaten the smooth operating of your septic tank, it can also support it. Sowing grass over your soakaway is a great way to support your system as they will help handle a large volume of water. You can also gravel over the top of your soakaway so it’s suitable for foot traffic, but never build on top of it or have vehicles pass over it.

Step 4: Book professional maintenance

Last, but not least, book a regular annual maintenance visit from a professional septic tank company. Having a professional or team of professionals help maintain your system will ensure any potential future problems are avoided before they cause a disaster or rack up a large bill.

TWC Drain Care can help with all aspects of a septic tank installation and are on hand to provide emergency drainage services when disaster does strike, and your system is blocked or damaged. We use the latest camera survey technology to inspect drainage systems quickly and efficiently,and then clear blockages using effective high-pressure jetting.

Call the TWC Drain Care team today for free, no obligation septic tank help and advice.

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