What is a septic tank?
A septic tank is an underground tank used for the storage and treatment of wastewater from a property. The waste is treated through the process of biological decomposition, settlement and drainage.
Septic tanks are mainly, but not solely, used in rural areas where properties, or where the local topography around a property prevents a connection to the main public sewerage system.
The septic tank contains the sludges and allow a partially treated effluent to drain off to a local watercourse or soakaway where the ground will filter the effluent further. The sludge will remain in the specially designed hopper within the tank which requires to be emptied annually to prevent the effluent from becoming contaminated with faecal matter.
How do we clean and empty your septic tank in Edinburgh?
Enviro-Clean (Scotland) Ltd are a registered waste management company allowing us to efficiently and safely utilise one of our powerful vacuum tankers to remove the waste and sludge from your tank in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas. We also offer a septic tank cleaning service, which involves jet cleaning the various lines into the tank and clearing and restoring the soakaway.
How do we dispose of the waste in an environmentally friendly way?
The waste from the septic tank is brought back to our primary treatment centre and screened to remove any solids that are listed below, grit and greasy floating matter. It is then discharged via a metered unit into the public sewer system, which flows to a local sewage treatment plant. Further treatment and settlement takes place here to ensure a treated, clear water is discharged into the local river.
How to look after your septic tank correctly.
Septic tanks require relatively little maintenance, but if you have a septic tank, you should observe certain rules to make sure your tank operates effectively.
The following items should never be flushed down your toilet: