The importance of regularly emptying your septic tank: A comprehensive guide

If we could only ever give one piece of advice to our customers throughout Scotland and the north of England, it would be this: make sure you undertake regular emptying of your septic tank. There, it’s that simple. By following this one simple rule, you can avoid massive problems further down the line which could cost you thousands of pounds.

Proper maintenance, like regular emptying, means the system performs as it should, with clear pipes and drainage. It also means the bacteria that is so crucial to the working of a septic tank is kept in the best health. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll take a look at the importance of regular septic tank emptying and what benefits this can bring you.

Emptying a septic tank.

Regular emptying will stop your septic tank from overflowing

Septic tanks have a finite capacity. Over time, solid waste and sludge will accumulate at the bottom of the tank. This is how the tanks are supposed to work. So if the tank is not emptied regularly, it can become overloaded, leading to clogs and backups in your plumbing. Eventually, the tank will simply stop working.

It keeps your bacteria happy

Septic tanks work by separating solid waste from liquids. Water waste is released back into the ground, whilst bacteria begins to break down the remaining solid organic matter in the sewage. Regular emptying makes sure that the bacterial digestion process remains effective.

An otter by a UK river.

Environmental safety

A septic tank which hasn’t been well maintained is more liable to cause problems in the surrounding environment. This can include pollutant leaks which can cause havoc in the local ecosystem, including waterways and wildlife. So by ensuring regular maintenance and emptying, such disasters can be pre-emptied.

Extend the lifespan of your septic tank

Proper maintenance, including regular emptying, can significantly extend the lifespan of your septic system. By keeping on top of possible issues before they grow into problems, you can ensure your tank lasts decades.

Reduce the risk of nasty smells

Accumulated sludge in the septic tank can release foul smells as well as harmful gases. Regular emptying prevents these odours from escaping into your local environment, reducing pollution risks. This will also help you keep your neighbours happy!

Minimizes health hazards

If you don’t look after your septic system, it can quickly start to pose health risks. Leaks and cracks can start to form, contaminating groundwater and soil with harmful bacteria and pathogens. Regular emptying and maintenance help mitigate these hazards.

Tank emptying prevents pipe blockages

If solids which have accumulated in the tank are not emptied on a regular basis, they can eventually make their way into the drain field or sewer pipes. They may even cause blockages and backups within the system itself creating serious issues in your home. Regular emptying helps prevent these blockages and associated plumbing problems.

Save money by dealing with problems before they escalate

Routine septic tank emptying is a cost-effective way to avoid expensive repairs or system replacements. The cost of regular maintenance is typically much lower than dealing with a failing septic system.

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Preserve your property value

A well-maintained septic system is an attractive feature for potential buyers. Regular maintenance and proper documentation of service history can help maintain or even increase your property’s value. A faulty, leaking and smelly tank will certainly put off potential buyers.

Septic Tank Services offer emptying services across Scotland and the North of England. Regular maintenance and emptying of your septic tank is how you avoid large repair bills and keep your septic system working flawlessly. If you’d like to find out more or book in your tank for an empty, then just get in touch with our friendly team who will be happy to help.