Septic Tank Emptying

A septic tank cover among the grass

A septic tank is a worthwhile investment especially for homes that often face drainage issues or don’t have access to main sewer lines. Looking after and maintaining your septic tank can ensure that you have the best quality drainage system with little issues.

Join the UKDN team as we answer all your questions about emptying your septic tank to ensure you get the most out of it and achieve optimum performance when it comes to your household drainage.

Does a septic tank need to be emptied?

If left unmaintained, the solids and sludge contained in a septic tank can sometimes lead to blockages or effect the flow of the wastewater from your property. Emptying your septic tank reduces the chances of blockages or any overflowing waste that could have an impact on the environment and your property.

How long does it take to empty a septic tank?

Emptying a septic tank is a quick process, taking anything from 20 minutes to a couple of hours depending on the size of the septic tank and how full it is.

If you would like to find out how long it would roughly take to empty your septic tank, you can contact our team today and chat with one of our experts.

How often should you empty a septic tank?

As a general rule of thumb, it’s recommended to get your septic tank professionally emptied once a year, however this can depend on the size of your household and the number of people who live there.

How do you know when to empty a septic tank?

Emptying your septic tank regularly keeps it at the best possible condition for the water to flow effectively and the tank to operate correctly.  Even if your tank isn’t full, it’s still recommended to empty it at least once a year.

If you are experiencing any of the issues below, you may need to get your septic tank emptied sooner rather than later:

  • Pooling water around your septic tank – this could be down to a blockage within your tank that is forcing the liquid to the surface.
  • Slow draining water from your household, including sinks and toilets – if you are unable to locate a blockage within your household drains, the blockage may lie with your septic tank.
  • Unpleasant odours coming from the same area as your septic tank – a properly-maintained septic tank she not release any foul odours, so this could be warning sign of a serious issue like overflowing waste from your septic tank.

You can contact UKDN if you’re unsure about how often you need to empty your septic tank.

How to empty a septic tank?

Emptying a septic tank should always been done by a fully qualified worker. Emptying will usually be done with a vacuum tank, also known as a vacuum tanker. The worker will attach a nozzle to the septic tank which will then begin to empty and clean the tank.

How can UKDN Waterflow (LG) help?

If you are looking to install a new septic tank or to empty your current one, get in touch with UKDN Waterflow (LG) today. Our fully-qualified experts can help you safely empty your septic tank using vacuum tankers and the latest equipment. We operate nationwide so wherever you are in the UK, we are able to help maintain and get your septic tank working to its full potential.