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 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 discharges 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 septic soakaway system 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.

What is A Septic Tank Soakaway

Septic Tank Soakaway Problems Kent

Most common soakaway problems with either brick or fibreglass ones, is due to the blocked drainage soakaway system and not a septic tank blockage. 99% of cases are caused by a blocked soakaway drain, as a soakaway drainage system will almost always eventually become blocked, as they silt up with sludge, grease and fat.

How quickly a septic tank and soakaway fails depends of several factors, which include how well the soakaway 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 Blocked Septic Tank Soakaway:

  • Septic tank effluence 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 blocked Septic Tank and Garden drainage Soakaway Failure:

  • 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 Kent including but not limited to:

Dartford, Sevenoaks, Gravesham, Tonbridge & Malling, Medway, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, Swale, Ashford, Canterbury, Shepway, Thanet & Dover.

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