There seem to be some common myths surrounding the maintenance of septic tank systems… A number of people seem to be under the impression that you can leave a septic tank for years without emptying it. If a tank is left for a period of years, it is likely that you will need expensive specialist equipment to remove the hardened sludge. You may even need to dig out the tank. This can be avoided by having an annual empty and having the tank cleaned every now and then to keep it in good working order. This is an essential part of maintaining a septic tank system and will save you a great deal of money over the long term, and a great deal of hassle when your tank overflows or you get it blocked.
Another common myth is that you are not liable if it overflows. The condition of your septic tank is down to you the property owner. Overflow, blockage costs and environmental impact are all your responsibility as property owners and it is not the councils concern unless you let it overflow and cause damage to the environment. The next myth that needs to be addressed is that your tank completely treats the sewage. Some of the treatment actually takes place when the liquid waste gets into the soil through the soakaway, bacteria in the tank reduces the strength of the effluent and separates the solid particles which build up until the septic tank is emptied. Click here septic tank systems for more details.
The last myth that people need to understand is that they think you can put anything in a septic tank. Harsh detergents and chemicals, fats and oils and solid objects decrease the performance of your tank, unless you want regular visits by a company such as Clear-flow who service the South West of the UK or your local service provider who you could locate in the Yellow Pages as many are listed. I recommend not ignoring this type of maintenance as repairs and unblockages can be very expensive.