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SEPTIC TANKS & FRENCH DRAINS

A septic tank and french drain combination may be just the solution that you need. Come to us with all your septic tank and french drain needs! We install, maintain and pump septic tanks of all shapes and sizes. A well maintained septic tank could last up to 50 years so let us take care of yours. Contact us today!

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Septic Tanks & French Drains – Installations


A septic tank is typically a concrete or plastic tank buried below ground. It safely collects and stores waste water from your bathroom, toilet, kitchen and laundry through pipes that run to the tank. The waste settles at the bottom as sludge, and the fats and oils rise to the top as ‘scum’. The wastewater is digested by good bacteria. This turns the waste into effluent. This flows into absorption trenches and returned to the earth – away from your house, away from your drinking water and away from you. Not all sites are suitable for septic tank and soak away systems. Of primary concern is the type and porosity of the soil at the site. Soils that are too coarse or too fine can limit the effectiveness of the treatment system. Also the depth of seasonally high water table or bedrock can also cause problems. Some of these problems may possibly be overcome by altering the design of the septic system. It is good practice to carry out percolation tests on the ground soil to ascertain its suitability for a soak away and generally you cannot improve a suitable site to the point where a soil treatment system will work.

Septic Tanks


The work we do above ground makes septic tank installation and repairs look easy, but the real magic happens below ground.

Combined And Separate Systems

Two types of disposal systems are general use, namely the one-pipe system whereby all the liquid household wastes are put into the septic tank, and separate or two-pipe system whereby the kitchen and bathroom wastes bypass the septic tank and are diverted to the soil percolation ( soak away) system directly. Although a grease trap is generally provided for the waste from the kitchen, it certainly would not be amiss if provided for the combined system as well. Of the two systems, combined treatment of all wastes in the septic tank is to be preferred.

Maintenance

Septic tank care is crucial to maintain a healthy septic system. The septic tank is a passive system. There is nothing electrical or mechanical involved. Although the septic system is actually quite self-sufficient, there are things you can help the system to work efficiently. Microbes in your septic system will naturally break down the organic material that drains into your septic tank. The broken down material and water will naturally drain out of the septic tank and into the ground underneath it.
Some solids cannot drain out of the septic tank. Regular septic tank care requires you to pump out these solids every three to five years. The size of your septic tank, the amount of use, and the kind of products you flush down your drain will determine how often you need to pump your septic tank.

Soak Aways

The soak away or percolation trench is an underground soil treatment system, which receives partially treated sewage from the septic tank. The soil on a site must be suitable for a soak away to work properly. IT is noted here that the effluent from a septic tank is by no means fit (in terms of health) for discharge into a water course (e.g. a river, vlei or an aquifer) or onto the ground where it could be accessible to animals, humans included.
In some areas in South Africa, the seasonally high water table is within a 600mm of the ground surface. Therefore a soak away may be typically installed close to the surface of the ground, but care must be exercised as it is possible that the polluted water may break through the ground surface. In other areas there may be clay ground present close to the ground level, and where this occurs then it is very unlikely that the use of a soak away will be prove satisfactory.
The size of your septic tank soak away is determined by the size of not only your septic tank but the size of your dwelling as well. You cannot simply construct a soak away to the specifications that you wish. There are other considerations including where the soak away is built. It cannot be built near any open water such as a river or a vlei because of the possibility of seepage from the soil into the water. This would result in contamination of the water source which could lead to many problems including health concerns.

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Septic Tanks & French Drains

A septic tank and french drain combination may be just the solution that you need. Come to us with all your septic tank and french drain needs! We install, maintain and pump septic tanks of all shapes and sizes. A well maintained septic tank could last up to 50 years so let us take care of yours. Contact us today!

24 HOUR PLUMBER

Septic Tanks & French Drains - Installations

A septic tank is typically a concrete or plastic tank buried below ground. It safely collects and stores waste water from your bathroom, toilet, kitchen and laundry through pipes that run to the tank. The waste settles at the bottom as sludge, and the fats and oils rise to the top as ‘scum’. The wastewater is digested by good bacteria. This turns the waste into effluent. This flows into absorption trenches and returned to the earth – away from your house, away from your drinking water and away from you.

Not all sites are suitable for septic tank and soak away systems. Of primary concern is the type and porosity of the soil at the site. Soils that are too coarse or too fine can limit the effectiveness of the treatment system. Also the depth of seasonally high water table or bedrock can also cause problems. Some of these problems may possibly be overcome by altering the design of the septic system. It is good practice to carry out percolation tests on the ground soil to ascertain its suitability for a soak away and generally you cannot improve a suitable site to the point where a soil treatment system will work.

Septic Tanks

The work we do above ground makes septic tank installation and repairs look easy, but the real magic happens below ground.

Combined And Separate Systems

Two types of disposal systems are general use, namely the one-pipe system whereby all the liquid household wastes are put into the septic tank, and separate or two-pipe system whereby the kitchen and bathroom wastes bypass the septic tank and are diverted to the soil percolation ( soak away) system directly. Although a grease trap is generally provided for the waste from the kitchen, it certainly would not be amiss if provided for the combined system as well. Of the two systems, combined treatment of all wastes in the septic tank is to be preferred.

Maintenance

Septic tank care is crucial to maintain a healthy septic system. The septic tank is a passive system. There is nothing electrical or mechanical involved. Although the septic system is actually quite self-sufficient, there are things you can help the system to work efficiently. Microbes in your septic system will naturally break down the organic material that drains into your septic tank. The broken down material and water will naturally drain out of the septic tank and into the ground underneath it.
Some solids cannot drain out of the septic tank. Regular septic tank care requires you to pump out these solids every three to five years. The size of your septic tank, the amount of use, and the kind of products you flush down your drain will determine how often you need to pump your septic tank.

Soak Aways

The soak away or percolation trench is an underground soil treatment system, which receives partially treated sewage from the septic tank. The soil on a site must be suitable for a soak away to work properly. IT is noted here that the effluent from a septic tank is by no means fit (in terms of health) for discharge into a water course (e.g. a river, vlei or an aquifer) or onto the ground where it could be accessible to animals, humans included.
In some areas in South Africa, the seasonally high water table is within a 600mm of the ground surface. Therefore a soak away may be typically installed close to the surface of the ground, but care must be exercised as it is possible that the polluted water may break through the ground surface. In other areas there may be clay ground present close to the ground level, and where this occurs then it is very unlikely that the use of a soak away will be prove satisfactory.
The size of your septic tank soak away is determined by the size of not only your septic tank but the size of your dwelling as well. You cannot simply construct a soak away to the specifications that you wish. There are other considerations including where the soak away is built. It cannot be built near any open water such as a river or a vlei because of the possibility of seepage from the soil into the water. This would result in contamination of the water source which could lead to many problems including health concerns.

SEPTIC TANKS & FRENCH DRAINS