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Septic Tanks

Septic tank repairs

Septic tank installation requires careful consideration and planning.

Does your property have enough room for a septic tank?

How aware are you of local factors such as water tables and soil types need to be taken into account to ensure efficient discharge and drainage via a suitable soakaway or land drain system?

Do you know the do's and don'ts of installing and using a septic tank?

J A McLaughlin Ltd operatives have acquired a vast amount of experience in planning, installing and repairing / maintaining septic tank systems.

If you are experiencing problems with your existing installation there are many things that we can do to ensure that it is running efficiently not blocking land drains and reducing smells and foul odours smells.


Soak aways Repairs and Installation

soakaway repairsSoak aways are relatively simple structures used as part of a drainage system. Within a septic tank system, a soakaway is the last part of the process, returning waste water to the ground after it has been stored to let bacteria grow and break down any pollutants and have the solid elements removed.

Septic tank soakaways may be constructed using several metres of trench lines filled with sand or clean granulated stone (gravel), through which the effluent is passed along a perforated pipe. Modern soakaway systems sometimes use plastic "AquaCells" in place of the stone.

The size of soakaway system required depends on the number of residents the system is serving, whether it is connected to a septic tank or treatment plant, and how porous the subsoil is. Soak-aways are possible when the ground into which they are put is of a sandy or chalky nature, allowing the liquid to drain away rapidly; it is no use trying to employ a soak-away in heavy clay soil. To determine this a porosity test should be carried out, which involves digging test pits and filling them with water. Depending on how long it takes for these to empty, it is possible to calculate the permeability of the soil and the size of soakaway required.

The level of the natural water table in the area is of vital importance. If the water table rises above the base of the soakaway system, its operation and efficiency may be greatly reduced. In such cases, an effluent pump system may help to solve the problem.

For advice or a quotation on a septic tank / soakaway installation or repair, please contact us now on: 01822 860615