Septic Tank Emptying
Once septic tanks are in place, they tend to be ignored until something goes wrong. The advice from the manufacturers of septic tanks has always been to empty and monitor them regularly so any problems can be identified and fixed early on. Ignoring that advice can lead to deeper rooted problems and even sewage backups that are expensive, potentially dangerous and require serious work to fix.
Why do septic tanks need to be emptied?
Septic tank emptying, which is performed by vacuum pumping, is essential to keep your septic tank in proper working condition. A septic tank does not treat the waste that flows into it; instead, it separates the waste out into three separate layers. Of those layers, the wastewater leaves the septic tank and flows out into the soakaway drainage field. The other two layers, the ‘scum’ and ‘sludge’, are more solid. They remain in the tank and have to be emptied at regular intervals so the tank doesn’t overflow.
What happens if you don’t empty your septic tank regularly?
Failing to empty your septic tank when it’s required will lead to a number of different problems. That includes:
- A pungent and unwelcome smell
- Gurgling pipes
- Toilets taking longer to flush
- Waste backing up into your property
- Waste pooling above the soakaway field
How often should your septic tank be emptied?
This will depend on the type and size of tank you have installed and the number of people living in your property. For example, if a home has been extended to accommodate more people, but the septic tank has not been updated, it will need to be emptied more frequently.
On the other hand, your septic tank will not need to be emptied so often if you have a large tank that’s underused. However, generally speaking, septic tank emptying should be performed once a year. We will be able to inform you if that is too often or too infrequent when we come to empty your tank.
How do we clean your septic tank?
We will send one of our septic tank emptying vehicles to your property and use vacuum pumping technology to empty all the waste from your tank. We then take it away and dispose of it in a safe, hygienic and environmentally-friendly way.
Our experienced, highly trained team carry the appropriate waste disposal licence from the Environment Agency and work quickly, professionally and cost-effectively to empty your septic tank for the best possible price. Get in touch today to book a visit from our expert team or call our emergency number for immediate assistance.
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I had a problem with a blockage in my drain leading to my septic tank and to say the least I was extremely concerned and anxious, fearing the worst. I phoned Drain Doctor in Malton and from my first engagement with Neil I felt I was in good hands. He listened and empathised with my problem and without patronising me he took control. He gave me an eta for an engineers visit which was later in the afternoon, but did say he would try and get someone to me earlier. As good as his word, he phoned me back and two hours later, engineer Anthony arrived and he was magnificent. From the moment he arrived he was really friendly and reassuring and I just knew we were in good hands. He set about diagnosing the problem in a very methodical way and within the next couple of hours, my septic tank was health checked, flushed out and the blockage was removed. Finally he health checked all of my drains using his clever piece of kit, running a camera through them. This is my first experience of Drain Doctor and whilst it’s not the most glamorous of subjects, trust me when you can’t use your toilet or shower etc, it becomes the only thing that matters. They were fantastic. I am by nature a natural sceptic, so when I read the advert I wondered. I would go as far as to say that they under promised and over delivered. I hope I don’t need them again as we all do, but if you have a problem, they are the real deal. Many thanks, David Wood Blakey Ridge
Blakey Ridge, Kirkbymoorside
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I was so impressed with the Drain Doctor technician, Clayton, who came out to sort out a problem with a cast-iron downpipe etc today, I've taken the trouble to email you anyway. After a series of disastrous efforts to solve the downpipes problem (people not turning up, cowboys doing very little, people wanting to cut the bottom of the cast iron pipe etc) it was refreshing to have a technician arrive on time, to assess the situation carefully and to show a thoroughly professional approach to his work. Clayton explained exactly what he was going to do and he worked efficiently in the most appalling rain and wind. It was miserable out there this morning! I was shown the camera pictures of the pipes and soakaway and in addition, was interested to have a camera survey of the main drain too. I learnt a lot and it was helpful to have the extra knowledge should I have a similar problem on any of the other downpipes in future. Thank you, Drain Doctor. Your technician was professional, efficient, thorough and courteous. I'm hoping that a solution has been found to the damp problem...... thanks again. No hesitation in recommending you to others and will certainly be in touch if similar problems arise in the future.
After some months of intermittent issues with a SaniFlo unit, it finally gave up the ghost due to issues with the outflow from the system. Without facilities there was no way I was able to have my young, and somewhat 'productive' boys to stay with me, at a time when it has been so important for them and myself to be able to spend time together. Due to the urgency and somewhat complex nature of the issue, Darren, Jon, Clayton and Josh had all been on site to find the best solution which, once found was promptly implemented, giving me, my children, landlord and neighbours affected by the issue great relief in a great variety of ways(pun intended). Thank you guys
Neil returned my call within minutes and was very friendly and professional. He said that Anthony could be with us within the hour, which he was. Anthony, who was also very friendly was efficient and had our drain unblocked and cleaned up very quickly. I would heartily recommend using them.
Very quick response to my blocked drain which was cleared to a high standard. In particular John the technician was outstanding in terms of customer care. I'm very happy to recommend Drain Doctor.
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