Common Types of Septic Tank Systems

2 black septic tankss that are placed in a large whole in the ground both next to each other

Moving into a home that requires a septic tank for waste can be a daunting prospect, especially if it’s not something that you’re used to. However, using a septic tank can actually have some benefits and they aren’t difficult to maintain. It’s important to understand the different types of septic tanks to help you maintain and upkeep your waste disposal. This helps you stay clear of unwanted smells or unsanitary issues.

Traditional Septic Tanks

In terms of septic tanks UK, one of the most traditional types is the septic tank made from brick, concrete or stone. These types of septic tanks have two chambers, where the waste will flow through from the home. The first tank allows the heavier waste to fall to the bottom, while the liquid flows through to the second chamber.

The liquid is then sent through to the normal waste drainage. These tanks were known to be reliable and last a long time. However, due to the complexity of building them, they aren’t installed into modern houses.

Emptying a septic tank

Onion Shape Septic Tank

The Onion or ‘Alpha’ septic tank was popular in the 1980s and was made from reinforced glass or plastic. They are, as you might guess, the shape of an onion and became popular because they were the cheapest option at the time.

However, they are notoriously difficult to install, as the larger section of the onion is positioned at the bottom, meaning that a large, deep hole needs to be dug to accommodate it. They then need to be surrounded by concrete in order to hold them in place.

For this reason, they aren’t a popular choice today either.

Shallow Dig Septic Tank

The shallow dig septic tank is the favourite for more modern installations simply because it functions like the traditional septic tanks, but only needs a shallow hole to fit in. This makes them much faster to install.

They are actually quite lightweight and easy to remove, empty and replace if necessary. Their fitting also means that the tank doesn’t need to be moved and no ground needs to be disturbed in order to empty it, causing the least disruption to your home.

Whichever type of septic tank you have, it’s important to maintain it and empty it regularly to ensure your home is hygienic and safe.

Thistle Tanks offers reliable and responsive tank emptying in Coventry and the surrounding areas. Their high quality septic tanks can hold up to 15,000 litres of waste, depending on the size of your property. It’s recommended that you empty your tank every 3-6 months depending on the usage.

Thistle Tanks’ professional and knowledgeable team will provide advice and support on your septic tank requirements to keep your home fresh. They dispose of any waste safely against the industry Health and Safety Act and The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations.

Contact Thistle Tanks today for specialist waste removal.