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Many properties in the United Kingdom will have an off-mains drainage system as opposed to directly connecting to the public sewer. Generally, a property will have an off-mains system because when the house was built connecting to the public sewer was not possible. It is common for houses in rural areas to have an off-mains drainage system as the local water authority is less likely to have a public sewer close to the property.
Where possible connecting to the public sewer is the recommended method of dealing with the waste that discharges from your property. However, if you have/need an off-mains drainage system then a domestic septic tank is a good choice.
When a property has a septic tank all the waste will be discharged from the property and be sent to the tank. A domestic septic tank will have two or more forms of separation to break down waste material by bacterial decomposition. Once the waste has been separated into solids and liquids, the solids will be stored in a chamber of the septic tank, and the liquids will be sent to the discharge area, commonly a soakaway, so it can disperse into the ground.
It is important to install good practices in septic tank maintenance to ensure that your septic tank operates to its maximum capacity for as long as possible. It is recommended by most domestic septic tank manufacturers that you have regular maintenance (yearly) carried out on your tank. It is always important to remember that you will have to have the solids that are stored in the tank sucked out routinely (around every 6 to 12 months) in order to keep the tank working correctly. There are many different styles of septic tanks ranging from brick built to more modern sunken plastic tanks, and at Below Ground Solutions, because we have been in the industry for many years, we have become experts at working with all types of septic tank.
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