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Septic Tank Maintenance and Operation
Thousands of households throughout the UK rely on their own mini-sewage treatment plant - their septic tank system. This on-site treatment system when properly designed, installed, operated and maintained, will treat sewage to protect the family, community and water supply from diseases and contamination for many years.
In an ideal world a septic tank will operate successfully with only occasional interruption for pumping. see here for estimate of frequency However, bleaches, washing powders, some medicines, cold weather and high water flows are some of the reasons that tanks start to fail. Odours and "off" smells, blockages and ponding in the drain field occur and can be serious problems at worst or unhealthy nuisances at least.
Help is on hand in the form of OE42 pre-packed synergistic bacteria. This product will cure or help alleviate most septic tank problems by restoring the natural balance found in healthy tanks.
It is safe to use and contains naturally occurring bacteria, ready to quickly get to work on the fats, paper, food waste and other contents of the tank. Unlike other products which claim to improve your septic tank performance, OE42 does not contain harmful chemicals which can attack sewers; Nor does it contain harmful solvents which can easily make matters worse.
The best advice for prolonging the life of your home septic system is to conserve water. The more water you put through your septic tank, the more water it must treat and the quicker it is going to stop working. Organize laundry, dish washing, and bathing to use your water wisely and efficiently.
Don't pour grease, coffee grounds and similar materials down your kitchen drain. Never Ever pour paints, cleaners, solvents or any caustics down any drain. Some people toss cigarette ends, sanitary products, wads of hair and paper and other solid materials into the toilet - this is a serious mistake! Don't use your toilet and septic system as a dust bin... You will be adding to the sludge build up and overloading the bacteria in the septic tank!
Many discharge problems can be completely eliminated by constructing a reed bed to treat the water from the septic tank. Odour-free and in keeping with the environment, these are often the ideal way to clean up wastewater.
(1) Conserving water
(2) Reducing the amount of bleach poured down the toilet. If possible, switch to an oxygen based bleach.
(3) Avoiding the installation of a waste disposal system
(4) Having your septic tank inspected every few years
(5) Using OE42 to maintain and optimize natural biological activity
(6) Not pouring grease, coffee grounds, medicines, solvents and other chemicals down your household drain
The Septic Tank
Septic System Variations
Land Buying Tips
Ask your estate agent who regulates systems in the area where you plan to build. If you are purchasing a house already on a septic system, ask for a copy of the original septic permit, since it should show you the location of the tank and drainfield.