In cities and towns sewage gets carried away through pipes to central treatment plants, but if you live in a rural area – like most of the countryside around Warminster, Wiltshire, where we operate – you’ll need a septic tank or private sewage treatment plant on your property.
Many homes and businesses in our area, that are not connected to mains sewers rely on Simpsons Drainage Ltd to install and maintain the facilities needed to deal with their liquid waste.
Our expert engineers are qualified and competent to recommend and install the ideal sewage treatment plant or septic tank system for your needs, depending on the size and layout of your property, the volume of waste generated, and the ground conditions. Once it’s up and running we’ll keep it clean, working efficiently and well maintained.
We know all the rules and regulations pertaining to treatment plants and septic tanks and how to ensure your system does not pollute the local environment, so we can keep it up to scratch with Environment Agency requirements.
Both a sewage treatment plant and a septic tank collect waste into a tank to undergo anaerobic digestion, and then produce a filtered effluent that is discharged into the surrounding soil via a soakaway or drainage field. The difference lies in the way they work and the quality of the effluent produced.
Septic Tanks don’t need electricity to operate, but sewage treatment plants do; and the effluent from a septic tank is far more polluting than that which has been cleaned in a treatment plant.
Septic tank systems don’t require regular servicing, but sewage treatment plants do. Septic tanks need emptying at least once a year, whereas sewage treatment plants require emptying far less frequently.
If your septic tank or sewage treatment plant becomes damaged, starts to deteriorate, requires a clean or needs an upgrade we’re fully competent to do any work required. We’ll make an inspection, advise you as to what needs to be done, present you with a free estimate and, if you wish, carry out the work efficiently with as little disruption as possible.
Signs that your tank needs attention include wastewater pooling in the area of the tank; a foul smell emanating from the area; water slow to drain away in sinks, baths or showers, accompanied by gurgling sounds; and – most unpleasant of all – sewage backing up into drains and toilets.
Similar problems will probably occur if your septic tank is overdue for emptying. Allowing the tank to become too full results in solid waste becoming encrusted on the sides of the tank and dip pipes, eventually allowing unfiltered waste to be ejected into the soakaway.
If you have a septic tank or private sewage treatment plant on your property, keep our phone number handy for any problems that may arise, and make sure you schedule regular tank emptying.