What is a Septic Tank?

A septic tank is a key component of the septic system, a small-scale sewage treatment system common in areas that lack connection to the main sewage pipes provided by local governments or private corporations. The term “septic” refers to the anaerobic bacterial environment that develops in the tank, which decomposes or mineralizes the waste discharged into the tank.

What is a Cesspit or Cesspool?

A cesspit soakaway or cesspool is an underground holding tank (sealed at the bottom) or a soak pit (not sealed at the bottom) that is used for the reception and temporary storage of sewage.

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What is a Soakaway?

(or Septic Tank Soakaway)

Every septic tank has a soakaway pipe system attached to it. A soakaway is a pipe or trench which waste water drains into. From there the waste water slowly drains out into the soil. Once the waste water has entered the soil, a natural organic ‘aerobic’ process then takes place in the soil.

What is A Septic Tank Soakaway

Septic Tank Soakaway Problems Surrey

Most common septic tank problems with either brick or fibreglass ones, is due to the failed soakaway drain and not an actual clogged septic tank. 99% of cases are due to the soakaway drain that gets clogged, as all soakaways eventually become blocked as they silt up with sludge, grease and fat.

How quickly a block in the septic tank soakaway occurs all depends on several factors. These include how well the septic tank has been maintained, the nature of the soil, the height of the winter water table, heavy rain periods and the deterioration of the septic tank itself.

Signs of a Failed Septic Soakaway Tank:

  • Septic tank effluent surfacing on your land
  • Bad odours coming from the septic tank or soakaway drainage system
  • Toilet overflowing and gurgling in the drains
  • Overflows at washing machine and into shower or bath when the sink is discharged etc.

Reasons for a Septic Tank and Garden Soakaway Drain Blockage:

  • Poor septic tank care and maintenance
  • Depth of the septic tank soakaway
  • Nature of the soil and its effect on the soakaway performance
  • Winter water table and its effect on the septic tank soakaway
  • Deterioration of the septic tank
  • Sodium binding in the soil
  • More people using the septic tank system
  • Heavy rain and its effect on the septic tank system

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We offer our blocked soakaway drain services all across Surrey, including but not limited to:

Addlestone, Ashford, Banstead, Camberley, Caterham, Chertsey, Cobham, Dorking, Egham, Epsom, Esher, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Haslemere, Horley, Leatherhead, Molesey, Oxted, Redhill, Reigate, Shepperton, Staines-upon-Thames, Sunbury-on-Thames, Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge, Woking.

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