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Septic Tank Winter Maintenance Tips

Septic Tanks In Winter – A Guide

Though winters in the south of England appear to be getting milder, there are still steps you can benefit from taking to make sure you avoid any septic tank problems. After all, there are enough other things to take up your time and energy as we hurtle towards Christmas and then into the New Year.

Keep ‘Em Peeled

Obviously we’re not suggesting you make septic tank maintenance the main focus of your life, but a bit of common sense, mixed in with valuable tidbits of knowledge, can go a long way when you are living with off-mains drainage.

So just keep an eye on things around the septic tank installation – in particular look out for overly damp or boggy patches on the ground. Similarly, you should keep a  look out for unusually rapid or big growth of weeds and other greenery in the same areas. This too could be a warning sign that waste is escaping from the tank and infiltrating surrounding areas.

Septic Tank Inspections

Perhaps the easiest things to do, that will give you the most peace of mind, is having the septic tank inspected by professionals. This is recommended anyway, particularly given the prices involved if tanks are left to go seriously wrong.

We can look at your tank for you and make sure that any potential problems are nipped in the bud early on, saving you a lot of money. Alternatively – and preferably of course, we can simply leave you resting assured that everything is fine with your off-mains drainage.

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The Septic Tank Emptying Process

Water levels in your garden can be significantly higher during the winter due to weather conditions. In rare cases, this can cause septic tanks to move higher towards the surface. Obviously this is most likely to happen when the tank is at its lightest, which is of course when it has just been emptied.

So you want to be sure that the company emptying your tank is extra-careful when doing so in the winter months.

Make Sure The Cover Is Covered

Tank covers have to deal with both the gasses from the septic tank and the frost on the ground, so they are being hit from two sides. You can play safe by getting these covers checked before the cold weather starts – just call us on 01903 815377 if you’d like these looking at.

Septic Tank Winter Help Is At Hand

If you’d like any help with septic tanks winter maintenance in the south of England, just call Boxall Ward on 01903 815377 or use our contact page, and we’ll be delighted to have a friendly, no-obligation chat about your options – making sure your winter’s tale is a happy one!

 

 

What does a septic tank replacement cost?

Septic tank replacement

There are two main reasons you might have landed on this page: either you’re thinking that you may encounter a need to replace your septic tank in the near future or you have an immediate need for septic tank replacement. Whichever it is, the cost is likely to be weighing heavily on your mind. Septic tank problems are never a great thing to have to think about, but that’s why we are here – to take that hassle away from you and leave you with peace of mind.

What will my septic tank replacement cost?

How much does a septic tank replacement cost? We’d dearly love to be able to answer this question with a straightforward figure, but as you’ve probably guessed, there is an element of ‘how long is a piece of string’ about this. That’s not the answer you’re looking for of course, but keep reading, this article will still help you have more idea than you did before. If you have a damaged septic tank, you’ve landed on the right page.

Domestic sewage treatment plant cost

On a daily basis we deal with damaged septic tanks, cesspits, sewage treatment plants and soakaway systems as well as the installation of complete new systems with all associated drainage works.

The new installation of a small domestic sewage treatment plant will typically cost somewhere in the region of £8K – £10K, however, if you have a damaged system, it is possible that you may be covered for replacement under your buildings insurance policy, which would only cost you the amount of your excess.

To get a complete idea of septic tank replacement costs, just get in touch and we’ll be happy to discuss your situation with you and offer our expert advice.

Why do you need a septic tank replacement?

This is the crux of the matter. The cost of your replacement depends on the nature of your problem in the first place. We’re not expecting you to be an expert in off-mains drainage, of course, but if you can let us know your ‘symptoms’ when you call, this will be a great help.

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Insurance – what is covered?

Some good news! Most buildings insurance policies do include cover for damage to drainage systems, in which case you’ll be glad to know you could be covered.

From single house applications to multi-user commercial sites, we undertake all aspects of the installation from system design, excavations, electrical installation through to final landscaping. All our installations are in accordance with the Environment Agency consent to discharge requirements.

So, what does a septic tank replacement cost?

The cost of septic tank replacement will depend on several variables. We suggest you first ascertain the following about your septic tank installation:

  • What are the symptoms making you suspect you have a problem?
  • What is the size of the tank? ie: on a domestic property, how many bedrooms do you have?
  • What is the make of the tank? – as an independent specialist we will always recommend the system which we feel is most suitable for your situation.
  • What are the ground conditions like around the tank?

Case Study

Please see our Leeds Castle Maidstone case study here: Leeds Castle Maidstone

What to do next

Just give us a call on 01903 815377 or use our contact page to get in touch and, after a free of charge site visit, we’ll be delighted to give you our expert off-mains drainage advice and quote for your requirements.

Wastewater legislation – everything you need to know

Links to the relevant UK Government papers and web pages on wastewater legislation

NB All wastewater legislation information correct as of 5 September 2017

It is essential that anybody who lives off-mains has a full working knowledge of the most up to date regulations regarding septic tanks and sewage treatment plants.

Wastewater legislation relevant to the installation and maintenance of off-mains drainage was last updated in 2015. At the bottom of this article are links to the latest published Government information, for your reference.

Environment Agency General Binding Rules

It’s important to note that all sewage effluent discharges are now subject to Environment Agency General Binding Rules. As well as new installations, these rules also apply to already existing sewage treatment plants and septic tanks, so you’ll need to check that your off-mains drainage installation conforms to the Government standards..

It also means that if your property uses off-mains drainage and doesn’t conform to the General Binding Rules, you have to apply for a permit, which you can do by following this link:

https://www.gov.uk/permits-you-need-for-septic-tanks/apply-for-a-permit

Wastewater legislation - septic tank permit application page

Wastewater legislation – septic tank permit application page

As explained on that page, the form you need to fill in depends on:

  • where you discharge the sewage
  • how much you discharge

You should be aware that your existing permissions may well not apply to overflows to ditches. Breaking the 1991 Water Resources Act can incur huge fines of tens of thousands of pounds.

Wastewater legislation – Septic Tank Discharge Rules

Essentially, septic tank discharge cannot go into any watercourse or ditch. This applies to streams, rivers and surface water pipes. If your present set up doesn’t comply with these new rules, it will need to be upgraded before the start of 2020, or if you sell your property – whichever happens sooner.

It is also important to know that septic tank soakaways are not allowed in Groundwater Source Protection Zone 1 areas. You can chek to see if this applies to your property on the following web page:

http://maps.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby/wiybyController

Wastewater legislation Links

Septic tanks and treatment plants: permits and general binding rules:

https://www.gov.uk/permits-you-need-for-septic-tanks

Reform of the regulatory system to control small sewage discharges from septic tanks and small sewage treatment plants in England

General binding rules for small sewage discharges (SSDs) with effect from January 2015:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/397173/ssd-general-binding-rules.pdf

General binding rules: small sewage discharge to a surface water:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/general-binding-rules-small-sewage-discharge-to-a-surface-water

General binding rules: small sewage discharge to the ground:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/general-binding-rules-small-sewage-discharge-to-the-ground

The History of Septic Tanks

It’s an innovation that many of us take for granted, but septic tanks are an essential part of maintaining hygiene and health standards of many rural locations, whether it’s in the home or at the office. Although you might think that they are a fairly new concept, the history of septic tanks suggests otherwise.

John Mouras

In fact, the history of septic tanks can be traced back to 1860, when it is widely believed that the septic tank was invented not by a scientist, but by an ordinary man.  John Mouras was a Frenchman who had the idea over 150 years ago, as he decided to try it out in his own home. He designed a prototype of the necessity we now know out of concrete and attached it to fabricated piping made of clay to dispense the waste. He knew that storing waste instead of instantly disposing it was a more hygienic, sensible option than then-contemporary waste management systems.

Almost a decade later, Mouras discovered that the tank was empty despite years of use, containing nothing but organic waste. Realising that he was onto something, Mouras reached out to a scientist, Abbe Moigno, to discuss further.

After going through some of the intricacies of the system, Mouras applied for a patent in 1881 and was successful, unknowingly creating a waste disposal system that would be around for centuries. Just two years later, the system made its way to the United States of America and then onto Africa, courtesy of the British Navy. The rest, as they say, is history – septic tanks are now commonplace in households and buildings across the globe.

The Principles Of Septic Tanks

However, the principles of septic tanks actually stretch back far, far further than the 19th century. It’s believed that 3700 BC saw the use of something akin to septic tanks by the people of India. The technology was, of course, very crude, allowing waste to pass through drains to be soaked through the ground outside.

What have the Romans ever done for us?

It’s also believed that Romans were the first to implement civilised waste management systems, often using cesspools as a precursor to the septic tank. Victorian London also used cesspools, but not to the extent that it stopped widespread disease and ill health, highlighting just how vital it is to dispose of waste properly.

The technology of these tanks has certainly evolved over the years, particularly once the Americans had embraced it. As early as the 1920s, it seemed like the USA had perfected the method, creating a tank design that is close to the ones of today, leading to the United Kingdom following suit shortly after.

The United Kingdom didn’t actually acknowledge that these tanks were anything but cesspools until 1956. The 1956 Code of Practice discussed settlement tables, treatment of sewage by aeration and installations among other things. It has been updated semi-regularly since then with the most recent update in 2007 discussing the use of septic tanks in holiday parks.

Installing Septic Tanks

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In the UK, septic tank installation is something best left to the experts – it can be quite a complex procedure. One missed connection in an off-mains drainage installation and you could be looking at quite the mess. Maintaining the quality and efficiency of your septic tank is also vital because, as with most things, they can degrade over time. Some of the ramifications of not properly upholding the efficiency of your tank include: bad odours; pollution of nearby streams; inadequate toilet flushing, and overflowing of waste into your own home. Cases such as these can be avoided as long as you seek help from those adept at maintaining the quality of septic tanks.

As for what sort of septic tank you require, it’s a question you’re safest asking rather than guessing. There are a wide variety of different tanks for different purposes, so what might be suitable for a residential area may not be suitable for commercial premises. For instance, if your residence is more than 100 feet away from a public sewer in the UK, you may actually benefit from the use of septic tanks instead. The basic design of septic tanks hasn’t changed much in recent years, but you can now purchase reinforced tanks made of fibreglass for added security.

For an idea of which septic tank you need, be sure to contact us for more information.

Buying or Selling A House With A Septic Tank

Buying or selling a house with a septic tank?

Many people dream of a move to the countryside, but not everybody realises that this can sometimes mean being “off-grid”, where you aren’t connected to the sewage system and therefore need off-mains drainage system such as a Klargester tank. This simple guide will help you, whether you’re the buyer or the seller, to approach the situation armed with all  knowledge you’ll need.

Which type of septic tank is it?

You’ll probably know this if you’re selling, but if you’re buying then you’re going to want to know which type of off-mains drainage you’re actually dealing with.

Cesspits or cesspools are simply storage systems that simply collect the waste until it gets emptied – you’re more likely to find these in older houses. You can read more about septic tanks here.

Sewage treatment plants  actually clean the waste and then release it back into the environment – these require a lot less upkeep and are more likely to be found in newer properties.

Septic Tanks do discharge but the effluent is untreated and cannot be discharged to a watercourse or ditch, only to a suitable soakaway.

So you’ll need to firstly make sure you know which kind of off-mains drainage you’re dealing with.

To help you, there’s a full list of off-mains drainage systems for Sussex here: https://boxallward.co.uk/news/all-our-off-mains-drainage-systems-explained/

Make sure you know the septic tank legal situation

Another thing you’ll want to be clued up on is the legal situation regarding off-mains drainage. Unsurprisingly, the Government have to keep close controls on how these things operate due to the danger of polluting local lands and waterways.

If you’re selling a property, you must inform the buyer in writing that the property has a septic tank installed, as well as letting them know where it is situated and what kind of upkeep is required. You’ll also be expected to either repair anything that’s wrong or be open and honest about any problems pertaining to the septic tank with the buyer.

The full legal requirements are explained on this government website:
https://www.gov.uk/permits-you-need-for-septic-tanks/overview

It’s important to have a look through that page when buying or selling a house with a septic tank because as you know, laws such as these can change without exactly making front page news.

Buying or Selling A House With A Septic Tank

Buyers And Sellers Septic Tank Checklist

  1. Do you know if the property has of-mains drainage? If not, find out!
  2. Do you know where it is situated?
  3. Do you know how old the system is?
  4. Do you know what condition it’s in?
  5. Does the system need any work doing to it?
  6. Do you have access to the relevant maintenance paperwork showing all this?
  7. Have you checked the legal situation on the gov.uk website?

 

In short, make sure you know a) everything you need to know and b) what that ‘everything’ is! If all this sounds a little like a lot of hassle, then…

Ask An Expert!

New off-mains drainage systems can cost quite a lot of money to install so it’s really worth making sure you are getting this right if you are buying a property.

If you have any questions arising from the above, or simply need the assurance of expert advice and help, just ring us on 01903 815377 and we’ll be delighted to have a free, no-obligation chat with you about your circumstances. Buying or selling a house with a septic tank needn’t be a problem when Boxall Ward are by your side!

A full list of off-mains drainage systems for Sussex here:
https://boxallward.co.uk/news/all-our-off-mains-drainage-systems-explained/

The full legal requirements are explained on this government website:
https://www.gov.uk/permits-you-need-for-septic-tanks/overview

Klargester Tanks FAQ

What are Klargester Tanks?

Klargester septic tanks are a traditional solution to sewage disposal needs for both domestic and commercial premises not connected to the mains drainage grid. Boxall Ward  provide Kingspan Klargester solutions as accredited installers, offering a wide range of septic tanks for domestic and commercial use, including septic tanks suitable for shallow dig applications.

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Boxall Ward are accredited Klargester Tank installers

How do I find out about Klargester Tank installation?

Just pick up the phone! Call us on 01903 815377 or use our contact page and we’ll be delighted to walk you through the process in a friendly, no-obligation way.

What maintenance do the treatment plants need?

The main maintenance needed for Klargester tanks is simply the periodic ridding of the waste solids that cannot otherwise be broken down by the biological process.

How often does my unit need to be emptied (desludged)?

The emptying process is known in the trade as Desludging. Obviously the regularity which this needs to be done depends on usage, size and the like , but for regular levels of domestic use, a desludge will probably only be needed about once a year. Boxall Ward can advise you on this matter for your individual circumstances.

How much does it cost?

Again this would depend on your individual circumstances, notably location and size, but we provide cost-effective solutions for the complete spectrum of Klargester Tanks.

How do I know if my Klargester tank is working ok?

If you have any doubts, just ask us and we can arrange an engineer to visit you

What if there is a power cut?

No need to panic. Just check the unit has restarted when the power returns and reset the control panel. Should you experience any problems, just let us know and we’ll take it from there.

What’s the Legal situation?

You can read all about the UK law regarding septic tanks here:

https://www.gov.uk/permits-you-need-for-septic-tanks/overview

Can I get someone to take care of all this for me?

Absolutely – it’s our job to take away all the worry and hassle, as well as the waste! So just get in touch and we’ll be delighted to have a friendly, no-obligation chat.

Are Boxall Ward Klargester Accredited Installers?

Yes. Klargester Accredited Installers are appointed following a selection process which assesses their installation expertise, reputation and financial status. You can see our Accreditation Certificate here.

Septic Tank Flooding, Odour and Pollution Problems

Septic Tank Flooding And Other Problems

Drainage problems with your soakaway or septic tank can be caused by various issues, the most common of which is septic tank flooding. This is usually due to problems caused by the receiving soakaway.

Septic Tank Flooding isn’t the only problem that can occur though – things like bad smells and even pollution of nearby ditches and streams are also issues (dealt with below).

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Septic Tank Flooding

Septic tanks work via a pipe that moves the largely liquid effluent from the septic tank to a septic tank soakaway, which then disperses the effluent over a long period.

Can Rain Flood Your Septic Tank?

Yes. A heavy rainfall can effectively block the soakaway, resulting in septic tank flooding. But it’s not the only cause…

Other Septic Tank Flooding Causes

Other factors can also be at play when you experience septic tank problems – if the soakaway has been located in unsuitable soil types (such as sandy clay or silt clay), the effluent will have problems dispersing, which can cause an overflow. Also, during the winter, the natural water table rises – if this change results in the  soakaway  becoming below the natural water table, again flooding can occur. This issue can be dealt with, however, by installing a septic tank conversion system or Water Treatment Plant. Tree and shrib roots, if nearby, can also cause problems by interfering with the soakaway pipe work.

Additionally, soakaway pipes can break, systems can be overwhelmed by too much wastewater and a process called Sodium Binding can cause soakaways to fail as a result of too much detergent (washing powders etc) being put through the system. Finally, sometimes septic tank flooding is simply the result of having an ageing soakaway where sledge solids have built up over the years.

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Other Septic Tank Problems – Smell

Septic tanks use a process called ‘anaerobic digestion’, which is designed to reduce the sludge volume. This digestion process does produce some rather unpleasant smelling gasses such as hydrogen sulphide and methane. As you can imagine, then, it’s important that your septic tank has the necessary ventilation properly fitted to allow these gases to drift off into the atmosphere.

Other Septic Tank Problems – Pollution

Septic tanks discharge their effluent into a drainage field or soakaway. It is absolutely essential that this effluent doesn’t find it’s way to a stream or ditch, and indeed it is an offence to let this happen under rules introduced by DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) and the Environment Agency.

(See the Government site for more info on Septic tanks and treatment plants: permits and general binding rules).

Septic Tank Flooding Solutions

Just give us a call on 01903 815377 and we’ll be delighted to have a friendly, no-obligation chat to discuss any septic tank problems you may be having. At Boxall Ward, we have over 20 years experience in the business, so there’s not much we haven’t seen before – we have the solutions to deliver you peace of mind.

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Septic Tank Emptying: Another Household Necessity

Septic Tank Emptying

For reasons of health and hygiene, septic tank emptying should be a routine and regular occurrence. The frequency at which this operation should be carried out depends on some factors including the container size in capacity, and the estimated number of people living within that particular area – if you are in any doubt, just get in touch and we’ll be delighted to advise you on your particular needs regarding this..

Getting your septic tank emptied frequently has various environmental benefits – most importantly, there is no risk of sewage spilling into the immediate neighbourhood and causing inconvenience to residents. There is also the danger of damage to your drainage, causing you to incur extensive repair and reconstruction costs.

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Maintenance of the Septic Tank

As part of your maintenance routine, frequent emptying should involve removal of all solids and sludge. Some waste does not decompose naturally, and if allowed to accumulate, your septic treatment system can experience problems. A well-maintained septic tank, however, should last for many years.

Oils and fats do not decompose or degrade quickly and are notorious for causing blockages. Provided they have not found their way into the drainage field, they can easily be got rid of by a professional septic tank emptying operative.

Waste materials that take ages to rot, or do not rot at all must not be given room to build up because they will fill up your system quickly. These are small items like cigarette filters, cotton buds, package wrappers, small plastic items, baby diapers and sanitary towels, and bottle tops among other stuff – don’t put these into your off-mains drainage system!

Food waste is also a good recipe for your septic tank filling up unnecessarily, or causing the drainage system to fail. These are things that should be taken care of during septic tank emptying.

As a matter of precaution, there are chemicals contained in domestic appliances that are known to kill what is termed as the good bacteria, necessary for aerobic digestion. They include bleaching agents, herbicides and pesticides, too much salt, and caustic soda. Try as much as you can to avoid flashing these reagents into your sewage system.

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How often should a septic tank be emptied?

It is a universal rule of thumb that your septic tank should not go beyond six months without being emptied. However, that should depend on the factors mentioned earlier, notably, its usage levels, and capacity. We are happy to advise you on your personal needs.

Leaky taps or cisterns and seasonal rains can cause a septic tank to overload, causing it to stop discharging. In such scenarios, emptying must be made a priority to prevent a calamity from occurring.

Septic Tanks and Safety

For purposes of your safety, do not make it your responsibility to lift septic tank lids under any circumstances. Dangerous gases are emitted from these tanks and cause choking and other devastating effects. Let that be taken care of by designated workers who specialise in sewage operations. These are workers who are regularly vaccinated against diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, and hepatitis because of being overly exposed to such environments.

Pollution can result in prosecution

The local environment must be made free from any form of contamination. This is an effort to protect humans, wildlife, and vegetation, and offenders can be prosecuted by the Environment Agency. To be on the safe side, it is advisable to acquire the services of a certified septic tank emptying company.

You can schedule a plan to have your sewage frequently checked by specialists who deal with septic tanks. Please contact us for more details.

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How Septic Tanks Work

Septic Tank Design

The first  Septic Tank was invented way back in the 1860s and continues to be utilised today. It is usually installed where access to the mains drainage is not feasible, and comes at a minimum of 2700 L or 650 gallons for a standard 2-bedroom house.

Basically, the base material is a huge concrete or stone, brick, polyethylene or fibreglass tank that’s buried in the ground in close proximity to the property it serves. Designed to take all waste water from your home, the primary purpose of a septic tank is to treat it and then drain from the outlet pipe into a soakaway.

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Septic Tank Systems

There are two basic types of septic tank but either way, the functionality of how septic tanks work remain the same. Both systems feature a settlement tank that will retain sewage sludge for a sufficient amount of time for organic matter to undergo anaerobic decomposition, where the final effluent is drained into the soakaway system.

 

Traditional

Masonry built pits with a rectangular shape which may have one or two settlement chambers, where the second has a porous, slotted walls to act as the soakaway. Some can have 3 chambers separated by dividing walls with pipes to allow seamless flow within the system.

Onion

A modern type of septic tank made from glass-fibre (GRP) units or plastic in bottle-shaped form, where the flow is upwards instead of laterally. Given its durability and robust characteristic, this is the most popular septic tank in the UK to date.

Waste water enters the the septic tank’s first chamber, where the waste material and solids referred to as sludge is allowed to settle in the tank and scum to float. Is is then anaerobically digested by the natural bacteria breeding within it, thereby reducing the volume of solids in the tank.

The liquid flows through the dividing wall straight into the second chamber, where it may be lifted onto another system for further treatment. Further settlement occurs as it drains into the soakaway and the pre-treated sewage water is slowly released in to the soil.

Septic Tank Maintenance

The sludge which were not decomposed sensibly accumulates at the bottom of the septic tank over time. This build-up formed must be removed regularly to eliminate the possibility of clogging, and rapidly filling it up which causes undesirable overflows. Hence, emptying or pumping should be done ideally every 12 months. It can be as little as 3-6 month intervals, or extended to not more than 2 years depending on the tank size and usage.

The discharge should exhibit a light grey colour, otherwise, dark solids in the liquid or recognisable sewage waste means a septic tank explicitly requires de-sludging. Maintenance is key towards proper functioning and prevention of future inconveniences.

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Septic Tank Problems

A septic tank that fails to execute proper performance does not only cause a nuisance but an added expense. Prevention is better than cure, so do not overload and overestimate its capacity.

Avoid putting strong or hazardous chemicals down the drain, like paint, thinners, solvents, and pesticides. The same goes with excessive draining of cooking oils and grease, and disposal of non-biodegradable items discharged into the tank.

One way or the other, this can lead to common problems such as sluggish flushing of toilets, gurgling sounds and plumbing backups or flooding, depression areas over the tank or soakaway, bad odours inside or outside the tank which can be diffused in the entire house, and ultimate septic tank failure.

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How Septic Tanks Work – Get In Touch

If you’d like to discuss your septic tank maintenance, installation or any problems you may be having, please give us a ring on  01903 815377  or use our contact details to get in touch. We’ll look forward to hearing from you!

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All Our Off-Mains Drainage Systems Explained

We thought it would be a good time to revisit a full list of all the off-mains drainage systems we offer here at Boxall Ward. Below is a list of the main services we offer for Sussex and beyond, along with a link from each if you’d like to find out a bit more about that particular service.

Off-Mains Drainage Specialists Sussex

Boxall Ward offer both installation and maintenance of all off-mains drainage solutions throughout the South East area of England.

We offer a bespoke service including scheduled service visits and emergency call out cover in the event of a problem. Additionally we are British Water Accredited  Engineers and offer Extended manufacturers’ warranty on parts with a wide selection of parts in stock.

Read More about off-mains drainage…

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Septic Tanks

Based in Sussex, we specialise in the design, installation and maintenance of septic tanks for Sussex and beyond – through Kent and Surrey and the south-east of England. We can install your septic tank, using our industry-leading expertise to make sure it’s done properly, and maintain it once it’s installed. We can advise you on how often it will need to be emptied, providing affordable value for money septic tank solutions.

Read more about Septic Tanks Sussex

Cesspools and Cesspits

Cesspools or cesspits differ slightly from  septic tanks in that the waste is not treated and doesn’t drain to a soakaway. A cesspit instead stores untreated sewage, until it is collected to be taken away.  Cesspools require frequent emptying, about every 30 to 45 days depending on its capacity and level of use. We are happy to advise you on which system would work best for your particular needs.

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Sewage Treatment Plants

We cater for both domestic and commercial sewage treatment for Sussex and beyond.

Wastewater treatment is what happens when wastewater is taken away and  treated so it changes from being unsuitable for human use into something that can be returned to the water cycle with as little as possible impact on the environment; or simply reused.

It is, of course, vital that we treat wastewater not only for sanitation purposes but also to ensure that we remain eco friendly.

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Rainwater Soakaways

Houses or buildings that are not connected to the public sewers or watercourses can often run the risk of water logging.  This is where rainwater soakaways come into their own, utilising the principle of a reverse well – one that loses water rather than holding it in.  Overall, it is a simple and ecological systems that can improve the quality of life significantly.

Read more about Rainwater Soakaways

Rainwater Harvesting Systems

As water prices in the UK steadily increase, so does ecological awareness. More and more home owners are realising they can  reduce their mains water usage by more than 50% with a rainwater system.

With countries like Germany leading the way, the UK is moving in the same direction, harvesting rainwater wherever possible.

Read more about Rainwater Harvesting Systems

Off-mains Drainage for Sussex and beyond

This is a short list of the off-mains drainage systems we offer – from installation to maintenance. Please contact us on 01903 815377 or use our contact page to get in touch for further details and we’ll be delighted to discuss your requirements and offer the best solution for your individual needs.

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Off-Mains Drainage Specialists Sussex

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