A Guide to Septic Tank Maintenance


If your home uses a septic tank, like most things, it will require some attention. The tank will need to emptied, and just how often would depend on the size and the number of people in the household. Many homes in the West Country utilise septic tanks, as they are not connected to the mains sewage, and with affordable and reliable local waste management in Bristol, the tanks are emptied when they near their capacity, and should there be any issues, the waste management company has experience in repairing both septic tanks and cesspools.

Causes of Septic Tank Issues

Main causes of septic tank problems include the following:

  • Blocked pipes
  • Full tank
  • Non-biodegradable objects entering the system

Blockages can occur at every point of the system, and should you notice that waste is backing up into the house, you should call your local waste management company as soon as possible.

Locating the Septic Tank

Sometimes, the septic tank is forgotten about, as it would be buried, and should the property change hands, it is possible that the new owner is not aware of its existence, and only becomes aware when the system malfunctions. The system might work fine for a while, then, due to either a blockage or a full tank, the sewage will not drain correctly and you will notice a pungent sewage odour.

If you are not sure whether your home uses a septic tank, contact your local waste management company, who can send an expert to check for you.

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