Septic Tank Emptying and Cleaning

At Quest Waste Management we have a range of tankers and combination units to suit all requirements from private houses to commercial premises.  We are able to offer an unrivalled cost effective Septic Tank cleaning solution.

Major problems can occur when more people are living or working in properties connected to the same septic tank than it was originally designed for. If a property is extended and the capacity is doubled, for example, this doubles the amount of waste going into the septic tank.

Ultimate failure of a septic tank occurs when the tank can no longer clarify the sewage. To prolong the life of a tank for as long as possible, undertake regular servicing to address any new or ongoing issues. Plus, emptying the tank at least once a year to remove irreducible solids is crucial to keeping your system flowing smoothly.

Do I really need to empty my Septic Tank?

It’s vital that your Septic Tanks is emptied and cleaned on a regular basis to prevent any drainage issues or even worse environmental health problems around your home should the tank overflow or suffer a problem.

If you are noticing any of the below then it could be time for you to empty your septic tank: 

  • Pools of water beginning to build up around the foul water soakaways of your septic tank. This is a sign that your pipes could be suffering from a build up and any waste water has no other route other than forced to the surface
  • Suffering from slow-draining baths, sinks and toilets
  • Strong smells rising from the area near to the septic tank
  • Increase in plant growth around the Septic Tank area.
Septic Tank Emptying and Cleaning Services

How often should I be having my Septic Tank emptied? 

At Quest we usually suggest emptying a Septic Tank once a year, more importantly around festive parts of the year when family members could be attending an increase.

New rules came into force on 1st January 2015 relating to discharge from septic tanks.  It’s well worth taking a quick read of the new legislation and guidelines so that you are clear on your responsibilities.

Septic tanks are an important part of everyday life for those who live out of town. It is unlikely that the household will be connected to the main sewer system. Therefore, they will have a large septic tank in the grounds of their house in which waste will be stored.

Depending on the volume of these tanks, it is important that they are cleaned out regularly. At Quest Waste Management we provide this service. Depending on the size and location of the tank to be cleaned we have a range of vehicles to meet all customers’ septic tank cleaning requirements.

Regular, preventive maintenance is required to remove the irreducible solids which settle at the bottom of the septic tank, reducing its capacity and efficiency. It is important to have the tank emptied regularly to avoid the possibility solids escaping the tank and destroying the clarified liquid effluent. If you properly maintain your septic tank system it will last for many years. Quest Waste Management septic tank cleaning services can help you make this happen.

When septic tanks work effectively, it’s easy to forget they exist. Without regular services and appropriate maintenance, an array of problems could arise including:

  • Effluent overflowing to ground level
  • Failed outlet
  • Effluent backing up in the pipes of the system
  • Corrosion inside the tank
  • Internal collapse
  • Overflowing plumbing in the property
  • Joint erosion