What is a septic tank?


UK Building Regulations state that, wherever possible, the homes should be connected with the mains sewer, even if that’s through a sewage pump station, to eliminate waste and wastewater. Only if this is not possible you should consider managing waste water within the boundaries of your property, and even then, it would be wise to get advice from a qualified expert before making a decision.

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Septic tanks

These tanks are a common solution to the problem of not being connecting to the mains sewer and is what most people think of. They are more advanced than a cesspool, which can only store waste and must be emptied regularly, in that they are able to partially process and discharge some waste collected. While also installed underground, septic tanks, either single or multi-chamber design, use gravity to separate liquid waste from solid waste. For Septic Tank Emptying Solihull, visit a site like BSA Environmental, a provider of Septic Tank Emptying Solihull.

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Fluid flows from the tank into field drainage where waste is allowed to soak into soil, allowing for natural waste-degrading bacteria to degrade the remaining waste. Soft solids and substances like grease will rise to the top, while heavier solids sink to the bottom, with some sludge breaking down with the help of natural bacteria. However, much of the solid waste will stay and accumulate over time, a septic tank needs emptying regularly by a registered waste carrier.

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