Your Septic Tank may be selected for inspection by your local authority. Part of the approval process is to ensure that your septic tank is properly maintained . If you are having works carried out to your system ensure that a reputable and competent contractor is used.
A few things to keep in mind :
- Know where your septic tank is located
- Operate and maintain the system so it is fit for purpose and fully operational
- Ensure that the system cannot pollute the environment by discharging or leaking waste .
- Ensure that roof water or surface water run-off cannot enter a septic tank.
- De-sludge the system at intervals appropriate to the tank capacity and the number of people resident in the premises connected to it, or as recommended by the system’s manufacturer. You should keep the receipt from the contractor for 5 years.
Why should I maintain my septic tank?
There are three important reasons for maintaining your septic tank:
- It saves you money in the long run (repairs and replacement costs)
- Untreated sewage water contains disease-causing bacteria that could affect you, your family, your community and the environment (groundwater, wells etc.)
- Contamination of water bodies by failed septic tanks affects the economy. Water pollution, offensive odors, fish contamination etc. all have a detrimental effect on tourism and the economic viability of the area.
Committing a bit of attention to the care of your septic tank system, can help avoid the nightmare of it failing. Providing your system was properly located, designed and installed, by following the recommendations here, you can help your system to work properly for years to come.