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Septic tanks come in all shapes and sizes and can be constructed from brick, concrete and fibre glass. If they drain off to a soakaway, they can be loosely termed as a septic tank or cesspit.
The septic tank itself is a settlement tank where the sewage solids are separated from the water in a separate tank. Here, they undergo partial treatment from bugs and microbes. The solids are removed periodically by a vacuum tanker. After the solids have settled the liquid effluent passes down a drain off pipe into a soakaway system underground before slowly draining away.
Ashfield Effluent Services Ltd handle both the maintenance and emptying of your septic tank, so every part of the process is hassle-free for you.
How often should a septic tank be emptied?
This depends on how many people are using it: if you allow too much sewage sludge to accumulate in the tank it can block your soakaway system. Remember the average household uses 35000 gallons of water per year and most of this goes down your soakaway. You can’t afford to have problems with your soakaway, so it is highly recommended that you have your tank emptied regularly.