The Importance of Having an Accessible Septic Tank

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Why Does My Septic Tank Need to be Accessible?

Is your home or business premises off the main waterway? If you’re not connected to the national drainage network, you’ll need to find an alternative way of getting rid of your waste safely. Most people choose a septic tank, but there are a few things to bear in mind about the access to your tank.

In this blog, we’re going to explain more about where cesspits and septic tanks can be installed on your property to ensure that they are always accessible.

Why Should I Allow Easy Access to My Septic Tank?

Legally, you need to ensure your septic tank is located no more than 30 metres from an access point. This is because tanks need to be emptied and maintained on a regular basis to avoid flooding and blockages, and if the tank isn’t in an accessible location, this is increasingly more difficult.

If your septic tank overflows and gets into the natural environment, specifically the water network, you can face hefty penalties from both your local authority and the Environment Agency. This is why it’s important to schedule regular emptying and ensure the tank is easily accessed so work can be carried out.

Where Can My Septic Tank Be Located? 

There are a few different things to take into consideration when looking at getting a septic tank installed, including building regulations and health and safety laws. This means you need to think carefully about the placement of the septic tank so ensure you stay within the law.

Legally, septic tanks need to be at least seven metres away from habitable parts of your building, and drainage courses need to be at least 15 metres from any building. The septic tank or cesspit should also be 50 metres from a water supply such as a well, and not be near any paved areas like access roads or driveways.

Using Thistle Tanks for Septic Tank Emptying Services 

At Thistle Tanks, we have been professionally emptying septic tanks and cesspits for decades. We are a fully registered waste management carrier with the expertise needed to keep your septic tank in full working order.

We have the capacity to empty effluent tanks up to 15,000 litres, as well as smaller, domestic waste management systems. We also offer next day emptying throughout the midlands, and legally and ethically dispose of all waste.

Whether you need regular, scheduled septic tank emptying, or if you need a one-off service, we can help. We offer daily, weekly, and monthly services to larger, commercial clients, and bookable services every three to six months for domestic clients. Whatever your needs are, we can help.

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Contact Us Today! 

If you’d like to find out more about our septic tank emptying service and get a quote, please contact us today. No job is too big or too small, and you can rest assured that you’re in the best of hands with our experienced and knowledgeable team. Call us today to find out more.