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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

Boxall Ward Ltd Case Studies – Part 4

Here’s the fourth post from our case studies presentations of our latest projects that we undertook this time in Rotherfield, Virginia Water and Tonbridge. All our installations are in accordance with the Environment Agency. We employ all our own workforce  so we can ensure our high standards are constantly met.

Rotherfield, East Sussex

Project: Klargester Biotec Installation

klargester biodisc installation

The  BioTec  is  the  economical  off-mains  solution  for  single  houses.

To read more about Klargester Biotec click here:
https://www.kingspanenviro.com/klargester/biotec

More details here: https://boxallward.co.uk/rotherfield.html

 

Virginia Water, Surrey

Klargester Biodisc Installation

Project: Klargester Biodisc Installation

Klargester Biodisc waiting for its new home. For domestic dwellings without access to mains drainage, the Klargester BioDisc provides a reliable, efficient and environmentally safe solution to your sewage disposal needs.

To read more about Klargester Biodisc click here:
https://www.kingspanenviro.com/klargester/biodisc-domestic

More details here: https://boxallward.co.uk/virginia-water.html

 

Tonbridge, Kent

Project: Klargester Biotec Sewage Treatment Plant Installation

Tonbridge Klargester Biotec Sewage Treatment Plant Installation

To read more about Klargester Biotec click here:
https://www.kingspanenviro.com/klargester/biotec

More details here: https://boxallward.co.uk/tonbridge.html

For an idea of what Klargester product or Sewage Treatment Plants you need, be sure to contact us for more information.

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Boxall Ward Ltd Case Studies – Part 3

Last two months we presented our two parts of our completed projects, illustrating installation and maintenance of private ‘off-mains’ drainage including Sewage Treatment Plants, Septic Tanks, Cesspools and also Rainwater Harvesting Systems in Surrey and Kent.

Our case studies are a perfect way of presenting the complete design and installation of private ‘off mains’ sewage treatment systems.

Horsham, West Sussex

Project: Falcon Sewage Treatment Plant Installation

off mains drainage case studiesFalcon Sewage Treatment Plant is perfect to use where the installation of a septic tank is either unacceptable or impractical and a connection to the main sewer impossible.

More details here:
https://boxallward.co.uk/horsham.html

Maidstone, Kent

Project:   Klargester Biodisc Sewage Ttreatment Plant Installation

Klargester Biodisc STP installation, Maidstone, Kent

The Klargester BioDisc Sewage Treatment Plant provides a reliable, efficient and environmentally safe solution to your sewage disposal needs.

To read more about Klargester Biodisc click here –
http://www.kingspanenviro.com/klargester/biodisc-domestic

More details here:
https://boxallward.co.uk/maidstone.html

 

Small Dole, West Sussex

Project: Falcon Sewage Treatment Plant Installation

Falcon STP installation, Small Dole, West Sussex

Excavations for Falcon Sewage Treatment Plant Installation. Top soil reinstatement.

More details about this project here:
https://boxallward.co.uk/small-dole.html

For an idea of what Klargester product or Sewage Treatment Plants you need, be sure to contact us for more information.

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Boxall Ward Ltd Case Studies – Part 2

Last month we presented our first part of our completed projects, illustrating installation and maintenance of private ‘off-mains’ drainage including Sewage Treatment Plants in Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

Our case studies are a perfect way of presenting the top quality work that we provide and attention to detail that is crucial to make sure that the work we do will last for a long time.

Crawley, West Sussex

Project: Drainage Repair

crawley drainage repair

We had to repair a drainage, then backfilled the hole and ready for driveway finishes.

More details here:
https://boxallward.co.uk/crawley.html

Haslemere, Surrey

Project: Klargester Biodisc Sewage Treatment Plants Installation in a private house in Haslemere in Surrey

haslemere, sewage treatment plant

Private house in Haslemere, Surrey. We had to install Klargester Biodisc Sewage Treatment Plants. Klargester Biodisc Sewage Treatment Plants are the preferred choice of many local authorities and environmental agencies and come in a variety of sizes to suit the requirements of anything from a single household to a small community. The Klargester BioDisc provides a reliable, efficient and environmentally safe solution to your sewage disposal needs.
Boxall Ward is accredited installer of Klargester products. Using an installer with the experience and expertise to install Klargester products is highly recommended.

To read more about Klargester Biodisc click here –
http://www.kingspanenviro.com/klargester/biodisc-domestic

More details here:
https://boxallward.co.uk/haselmere.html

Private House, Henfield, West Sussex

Project: Klargester Biodisc Sewage Treatment Plants Installation

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The BioDisc range of Treatment Plants use an aerobic digestion process to naturally treat sewage waste. The BioDisc System forms a range of Sewage Treatment Plants that biologically treat household and light commercial wastewater using the unique Rotating Biological Contactor (RBC) technology. The range covers from a single house up to a small community’s requirements.

To read more about Klargester Biotec click here
http://www.klargester.com/downloads/access/faqs-tanks-design.htm

More details about this project here:
https://boxallward.co.uk/henfield-2.html

For an idea of what Klargester product or Sewage Treatment Plants you need, be sure to contact us for more information.

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Boxall Ward Ltd Case Studies – Part 1

Completed projects illustrating Boxall Ward Ltd installation and maintenance of sewage treatment plant in Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

In the next few posts we will be presenting our completed projects, illustrating installation and maintenance of off mains-drainage, septic tanks and various other drainage works that we’ve provided recently in the Sussex, Surrey & Kent area. Our case studies are a good way of showing the  quality of work that we undertake.

Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent

Project: New Packaged Sewage Treatment Plant

Leeds Castle. KentHoliday Cottage within the grounds of Leeds Castle, Maidstone, was connected to a Victorian Septic Tank that needed to be replaced. Due to the close proximity of the stream a new Packaged Sewage Treatment Plant was specified. The access to the garden of the property for the plant equipment was restricted so a purpose-built bridge was formed over the stream.

   

More details here:

https://boxallward.co.uk/leeds-castle.html

Private House, Angmering

Project: Falcon Sewage Treatment Plant

Falcon Sewage Treatment Plant

The Falcon Sewage Treatment Plant is perfect to use where the installation of a septic tank is either unacceptable or impractical and a connection to the main sewer impossible.

The installation of the FALCON had been carried out quickly and simply by Boxall Ward. Once installed, the FALCON sewage plant is completely unobtrusive, even the largest plants. Maintenance requirements and running costs are kept to an absolute minimum, which means – efficiency and cost effectiveness.

More details here: https://boxallward.co.uk/angmering.html

Billingshurst

Project: Klargester Biotec 2 Sewage Treatment Plant

sewage treatment plant case studiesThe  BioTec  is  the  economical  off-mains  solution  for  single  houses  and uses the tried and tested aerobic biological process for the treatment of domestic sewage.

The Klargester Biotec 2 Sewage Treatment Plant is a very cost effective solution for single houses, providing various package options to suit all needs. Correct installation is very important for the long lasting operation of any waste water treatment product. Boxall Ward successfully completed the Kingspan Klargester Installer Programme and had been awarded with Klargester Accredited Installers Certification.

To read more about Klargester Biotec click here – http://www.kingspanenviro.com/klargester/biotec

More details here: https://boxallward.co.uk/billingshurst.html

For an idea of what sewage treatment plant you need, be sure to contact us for more information.

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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

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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