Many homes and businesses are not connected to mains drainage and instead have private drainage systems including septic tanks, soakaways, sewage treatment plants and cesspits. Drain Doctor has built a strong reputation for providing quality solutions to “off mains” drainage problems, regularly installing new systems and repairing existing ones.

Sewage treatment plant installation

Sewage treatment plants are the next step up from a single septic tank that can serve one or possibly a few properties. The installation of a treatment plant provides a long-term solution to many drainage disposal problems, especially where access to mains drainage is not possible and a septic tank will not meet the requirements.

The type of plant installed will depend on the amount of material to be processed. Some are one-stage plants, suitable for a single home, that require no electricity and use coco fibre to filter the waste. They need to be emptied perhaps every three years.

Other systems, suitable for more than one house and using around 10p of electricity per day, operate fault-free for years and have a very low/zero footprint.

For even larger requirements, such as a golf club or caravan park accommodating up to 250 people, a submerged aerated media system can be installed. These only need emptying every 18 months and require almost no maintenance.

A sewage treatment plant uses natural biological aerobic action to treat sewage. The solids are retained and pumped out periodically, and the water is made 97% pure. With permissions and licences, this can be discharged into a nearby watercourse or ditch. If this is not viable, it can be put into a leach field or even pumped away by tanker if that is not possible.


Accredited Apex & Vortex suppliers and installers

Drain Doctor is an accredited installer of Apex and Vortex sewage treatment plants, which have class-leading effluent quality combined with low running costs. These superb plants are British Standards approved and comply with Environment Agency standards and regulations.

With new septic tank regulations coming into force on 1 January 2020, you may be required by law to upgrade your existing system to a soakaway or sewage treatment plant. For more information on this, please don’t hesitate to contact Drain Doctor today.

Converting your septic tank

Drain Doctor is also a licensed installer of the UK’s leading septic tank conversion unit. New regulations – known as the General Binding Rules – stipulate that a septic tank must not discharge to a ditch or moving watercourse. If you own a system that does this, it must be upgraded by 1 January 2020, otherwise you may face a hefty fine.

A septic tank conversion unit effectively turns your septic tank into a small sewage treatment plant, resulting in a clean, harmless discharge that adheres to the new regulations. It will also work out cheaper than installing a brand new septic tank or drainage field, and involve a lot less digging and disruption.

The treatment plant experts

At Drain Doctor, we can advise on the installation of a sewage treatment or septic tank depending on your needs. If you are moving home and need advice about the existing drainage system, or if you have problems with your existing system, please get in touch with our team today. We will happily schedule a callout where one of our technicians will an appraisal of your situation and establish the best course of action.

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