When it comes to your septic tank, there are a few things that you need to know in regards to maintaining an efficient septic tank system.

Like cars and phones, you rely on your septic tank every day. Do you have a plan for when it starts to malfunction?

Septic tanks require some very simple and basic preventative maintenance to keep them functioning efficiently for long periods of time. Your tank will eventually need the contents removed once it has reached full capacity and starts to perform badly, or fails to perform at all. This is quite normal.

For example:

  • When it smells for a few days in a row
  • When the toilet is slow to flush away
  • When the toilet blocks up more than once in a few days

Any combination of the above factors indicates that your septic tank may require pumping. Ideally, have your tank pumped out BEFORE it blocks up. This will save you money in the long run.

How often should the tank be cleaned out?

From experience, based on a family of four with average use, a single purpose septic tank (systems that only accept waste from the toilet), will probably function well for 5 to 7 years before requiring a pump out. However, multi-purpose tanks (which accept toilet as well as sink, bath, shower, trough and basin waste) should be pumped out every 3 years to ensure the system functions smoothly.

Dos and Don'ts:

  • Don't flush nappy liners down the toilets
  • Don't flush Sanitary products down the toilet
  • Don't build or lay concrete over the septic tank
  • DO have your septic tank pumped out before it blocks up

Where is the waste taken?

Whitford Liquid Waste has specially designed vacuum tankers that collect the contents of the septic tank and transport it to the nearest sewage authority's dumping pond.

This process is strictly controlled by Local Shire Health Departments, Water Boards and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

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