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Septic tank or cesspit emptying services across Hampshire
Emptying your septic tank or cesspit is an essential part of your system’s maintenance. If you do not regularly maintain your tank, you might run into problems.
What can happen if you don’t empty your septic tank or cesspit regularly?
System Failure: Over time, solid waste and sludge accumulate in the septic tank. If the tank is not emptied regularly, these solids will build up to the point where they obstruct the drainage system. This can lead to system failure, resulting in costly repairs or replacement.
Reduces System’s Lifespan: A well-maintained system can last for decades. But without proper maintenance, the lifespan of your septic system will be much shorter, leading to a new tank needing to be installed.
Sewage Backups: Not doing regular septic tank or cesspit empties can lead to sewage backups in your home. These backups are not only unsanitary and unpleasant but also expensive to clean up and repair.
Harm the Environment: A poorly maintained tank can contaminate the environment with harmful bacteria and pollutants. Regular maintenance helps protect the environment and public health.
Odour: Septic tanks and cesspits can produce unpleasant odours both inside and outside your home. Emptying the tank helps control and eliminate these odours.
Pests: Accumulated solids and sludge in the tank can attract pests like rodents and insects. Pumping the tank helps prevent infestations and keeps your property free of unwanted visitors.
Decrease Property Value: A well-functioning septic system is a significant selling point. If you don’t maintain your tank, you may struggle to sell your property in the future.
Risk Fines and Legal Issues with Local Regulations: Many areas have regulations and guidelines in place that require septic tank pumping and cesspit emptying at regular intervals. Failing to comply with these regulations can lead to fines and legal issues.
Emptying your septic tank and cesspit is essential to maintain the proper function of your system, extend its lifespan, prevent costly repairs or fines, and protect the environment.
Avoid the risk of any or all of the above issues and contact our team today.
How often should you empty your septic tank or cesspit?
Broadly speaking, a septic tank should be emptied every three years, while a cesspit should be emptied every 6 months to a year. There are other factors that will affect how often you should empty your tanks.
If you’re unsure, then it’s recommended to work with a professional to regularly check and maintain your tank. They can assess the tank’s condition and the accumulation of solids to decide whether a full empty is needed.
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What to expect when booking your septic tank or cesspit empty
Everyone’s reason for a septic tank or cesspit empty will be different, which means your process may slightly differ. You may be having issues with your tank, or you may need your regular maintenance, either way, your first step should always be to call a qualified and licensed professional.
The typical steps to booking your tank empty
1. Assessment and Inspection: On the scheduled date, your technician will arrive at your property. They may start by inspecting the location of your septic tank to ensure easy access and safety.
2. Locating the Tank: If your septic tank’s location is not readily known or marked, the technician may use specialised tools to locate it. They might use a probe or metal detector to find the tank’s access points.
3. Accessing the Tank: Once the tank is located, the technician will open the tank’s access ports. Most septic tanks have two ports: an inlet and an outlet. They will remove the covers to access the tank’s interior.
4.Pumping the Tank: The technician will use a powerful vacuum or pumping truck to remove the accumulated solids, sludge, and liquid waste from the septic tank.
5. Cleaning and Inspection: After pumping out the tank, the technician may clean the interior of the tank and inspect it for any signs of damage, wear, or issues that need attention.
6. Closing and Securing the Tank: Once the tank is empty and inspected, the technician will securely replace the access port covers to prevent unauthorized access and ensure safety.
7. Providing Documentation: Many professionals will provide you with a receipt or a record of the service performed, including the date, the amount of waste removed, and any observations or recommendations for future maintenance.
8. Payment: You will be expected to pay for the service as agreed upon when scheduling the appointment. Payment methods may vary, so check with the service provider for their accepted forms of payment.
9. Recommendations: The technician may offer recommendations for your future septic system maintenance, including when the next pumping should occur based on your specific circumstances and local regulations.
10. Clean-Up: The technician should ensure that the work area is clean and free from any spillage or debris related to the pumping process.
Last but not least, 11. Final sign-off and your satisfaction: A professional service provider will typically inquire about your satisfaction with the service and address any questions or concerns you may have.
It’s important to choose a licensed and experienced septic tank pumping service to ensure that the job is done properly and safely.
Book your licensed and experienced septic tank or cesspit expert today with ECS!