Septic Tank Systems

A septic system is a highly efficient, self-contained, underground wastewater treatment system. Because septic systems treat and dispose of household wastewater onsite, they are often more economical than centralized sewer systems in rural areas where houses as spaced further apart. Additionally, septic tank systems don't require the installation of miles of sewer lines, making them much kinder to the environment as they are less disruptive. AJ Parton specialise in Septic System installation and maintenance including septic tank emptying. We can help you keep your spectic system running smoothly and trouble free.

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Septic Tank Soakaway

A soakaway is a series of trenches or a bed lined with gravel or course sand buried one to three feet below the ground surface. The depth is important because anaerobic action takes please in the first 3 feet of soil. Deeper soakaways, usually end up in the water table and are therefore not advised. Perforated pipes or drain tiles run through the trenches to distribute the wastewater. The soakaway treats the wastewater by allowing it to slowly trickle from the pipes out into the gravel and down through the soil. The gravel and soil act as biological filters. A soakway is also often referred to as a drainfield, leachfield, disposal field or a soil absorption system.

The spectic tank typically deals with the breakdown of solids. The wastewater forms three layers inside the tank. Solids lighter than water (such as greases and oils) float to the top forming a layer of scum. Solids heavier than water settle at the bottom of the tank forming a layer of sludge. This leaves a middle layer of partially clarified wastewater.

The layers of sludge and scum remain in the septic tank where bacteria found naturally in the wastewater work to break the solids down. The sludge and scum that cannot be broken down are retained in the tank until the tank is pumped. The layer of clarified liquid flows from the septic tank to the soakway.

If you are having problems with your septic system they can often be related to the soakaway and not the septic tank itself. Symptoms such as effluent surfacing on your land, strong odours coming from the septic tank, pollution of nearby ditches or streams, slow flushing of toilets, gurgling drains, uneven ground near the tank or soakaway could be signs that you have problems.

AJ Parton can help you diagnose your problems and help get your septic system running smoothly again. If you have any of the symptoms above then get in touch and we'll be happy to help.  


Septic Tank Emptying

Your septic tank will require emptying at regular intervals. If you need some on advice how often you need to empty your septic tank, please click the link.

Septic tanks and sewage treatment plants are potentially dangerous for the environment if not emptied and de-sludged regularly. If you neglect maintenance on your septic tank or allow it to overflow this could risk pollution to watercourses and can result in the need for expensive repairs.

Septic Tanks are usually out of sight and can therefore be out of mind. They are not maintenance free and in our busy lives they can get neglected. AJ Parton provide septic tank emptying services and also regular maintenance services.

Septic Tank Cleaning & Desludging

Over time, sludge at the bottom of your tank will build up and need to be removed. Desludging is another way of describing septic tank emptying. When AJ Parton come to empty you tank, we remove the sludge, but leave a small amount of the watery effluent because that effluent contains billions of the good microbes necessary for your tank to work. So the reality is that your tank never completely emptied of its contents, only the sludge that will not be broken down on its own. 

Septic Tank Treatment

We always advise our customers to think carefully before attempting self treatment. Our top tip is to "think when you are at the sink!". Your septic tank system contains a collection of living organisms that help breakdown and treat household waste. If you constantly pour toxins down the drain these can harm your septic system by killing these friendly organisms.

With this is mind, avoid pouring toxins or trying to clear blockages by using chemical drain openers. Boiling water and/or a drain snake as the best ways to help clear any internal blockages. Never pour oils down the drain, this includes oil based paint and try to limit the use of any garbage disposal. Reducing the fats, grease and solids that enter your system will reduce that build up of grime that enters your septic tank and ultimately clog your soakaway. For more details, read how to keep your septic system running smoothly.

Septic Tank Regulations & Legislation

Form January 2015 new legislation introduced by the Environment Agency has now made homeowners responsible to minimise the impact of sewage waste, if you manage it within the bounds of your property e.g. with a septic tank or sewage treatment plant. 

Following the rules to ensure you comply legally

Although you no longer need to register a small domestic tank or keep five year maintenance records, your septic tank or sewage treatment plant must still be fit for purpose, comply with industry standard EN 12566, and be properly sized, installed, and maintained by an authorised professional. 

This means that you should keep your septic system regularly serviced to ensure efficiently operation. If you have a septic tank that discharges directly to a surface water you will need to replace or upgrade your treatment system by 1 January 2020. It is now more important than ever to take care when it comes to your choice of tank and also keeping you system maintained. AJ Parton have over 60 years’ experience in wastewater solutions and are here to help you comply and keep your sewage system operating efficiently and inline with legal guidelines.

You can read more about the guidelines here and if you need further information and advice please don't hesitate to get in touch.


Septic Tank Problems

The main problems with septic tanks arrive due to improper maintenance. The most important aspect is emptying. There are other common problems with septic tanks however and AJ Parton can help. if you think you have a problem or just need a health check to make sure you are not going to get any nasty surprises in the near further then get in touch

Septic Tank FAQs

We're asked many questions about septic tanks and we've collated some of those here. If you have a particular problem or question you can't find the answer to, get in touch and we'll be happy to advise you accordingly.