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Top Tips

"Top Tips"  Sewage, Wastewater Treatment & Septic Tanks

By following these Top Tips you will increase the chances of  your treatment system remaining trouble free, working to optimum efficiency but above all, protecting our environment from serious damage and thefore limit your exposure to fines and imprisonment.

"Please Do"

  • Have your system professionally fitted in accordance with relevant guidelines and legislation
  • Discharge all your wastewater from your property into the system
  • Find out where your septic tank and drainage field are located
  • Arrange to have your septic tank system inspected regularly by WAM UK
  • Desludge the tank regularly in accordance with your operation & maintenance manuals or advice by WAM UK
  • Act swiftly if you find a blockage, clogging or any sign of a problem with your septic tank system
  • Ask for professional help if your are at all unsure - Bates Environmental Ltd will be pleased to advise. Just call us on 03450 0568777
  • Keep a log or file of all maintenance work you have carried out for five years.
  • Ensure that manhole covers are easily accessible
  • Check regularly that any air vents are not blocked
  • Keep the drainage field protected from damage
  • Ensure that other sources of water, like roof and hard standing drains, are kept separate from septic tank systems
  • Try to wash dishes in a dishwasher whenever possible. They are much more efficient at converting fat into soap!
  • Try to use mild detergents, toilet fresheners, fabric conditioners, washing powders and washing liquids in moderation to try not to upset the natural balance of the septic tank. All active ingredients in soap and detergents should be biodegradable and, in normal use, should be safe for septic tanks
  • Use bleaches and disinfectants sparingly as they can kill the friendly bacteria which are essential to make the septic tank work


"Please Don't"

  • Pour fat, oil or grease down the drains
  • Put paints, solvents or motor oils down the drains
  • Dispose of garden chemicals and pesticides into the septic tank
  • Use the toilet or kitchen sink as a rubbish bin
  • Empty chemical toilets into drains or septic tanks
  • Dispose of nappies, sanitary items or plastic items into the system
  • Drive over the drainage field, cover it with a hard surface or dig into it
  • Block or obstruct any air vents
  • Desludge your tank too often
  • Allow effluent to collect on the surface of the ground
  • Try to climb into or enter a septic tank as gases are produced by the natural treatment process can be very dangerous


If you have a question or need advice regarding your sewage or wastewater system or septic tank, please use our Enquiry form.