Sewage Problem - What Lies Beneath?... If you own a septic tank or cesspool, you may be unknowingly polluting your environment and facing potential prosecution. (Water Resources Act 1991)

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Courtesy of Kingspan Environmental Ltd

Does water collect on the surface of the ground in the area of your septic tank soakaway?

This is major sewage problem and a sign that the soakaway has failed, and is not allowing the untreated effluent to drain away effectively

Do your drains ever become blocked and cause a 'back-up'?

Again, another major sewage problem as this can be a sign that the soakaway is not functioning correctly, is blocked by solids, and the untreated effluent is not able to drain away.

The treated effluent discharged from a Klargester BioDisc® Sewage Treatment Plant will not cause blockage of a soakaway, if one is required

Are there offensive odours from the area of your septic tank or cesspool?

A septic tank does not treat sewage, but merely settles solids, and then allows the remaining untreated liquid to drain away. A cesspool simply contains the effluent and requires regular emptying. Both methods often result in nauseous smells.

Does your septic tank drain into a watercourse or ditch?

Some older installations may drain into a nearby watercourse or ditch, allowing untreated effluent to be discharged straight into the environment. This is illegal and you could be prosecuted.

Do you have to empty your septic tank more than once a year?

If you do, this is an indication that the tank is undersized for your property and is not functioning effectively. This in turn makes it expensive to operate and can lead to solids blocking the soakaway.

Do you rarely, if ever, empty your septic tank or cesspool?

If this is the case, then your tank may be damaged and/or leaking untreated effluent into the ground and therefore polluting the surrounding property and environment.

For the solution to sewage problems Klargester recommend or specify a Klargester Biodisc sewage treatment plant, or have a look at the next generation septic tank from Klargester, the Sigma Super Septic tank.

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