A Septic Tank is usually a tank that holds around 5000 to 7000 litres. It serves as an interim between a pipe conducting sewage waste from a building and another pipe leading to a septic drain field. They are not found in cities in the UK but they occur with some frequency in rural areas.
Waste enters the tank. Here it settles so that it can naturally be divided into surface scum at the top of the chamber whilst liquid is allowed to flow through towards the drainage field.
Although Septic Tanks can last for decades they are infamous for being difficult to maintain. If a septic tank becomes blocked it can be unpleasant for both your nose and your wallet, so it is vital to undertake regular checks, and repairs as necessary.
Buying a house with a Septic Tank?
If you have any doubts as to the suitability or quality of a Septic Tank, instruct your Residential Surveyor to check this before you complete on your purchase.
If you are unused to owning a property with a Septic Tank, you should discuss its upkeep with your Surveyor.