Top Tips for sewage treatment plant maintenance

Top Tips for Sewage Treatment Plant Maintenance

There are a few key ways in which you can help keep your sewage treatment plant in good working order. Our top tips for sewage treatment plant maintenance are as follows:

Use biologically friendly household cleaning products. The sewage treatment plant process is known to be the most environmentally friendly because it basically encourages the growth of bacteria to break down sewage by circulating air through the system to produce a much cleaner effluent. If commercial chemicals, medicines or hygiene products enter the system they will kill the bacteria and prevent the breakdown process from working properly.

Similarly using large quantities of biological cleaning products or bleach will also disrupt the equilibrium of the bacteria in the tank. In addition, anything you put down sinks and storm drains can end up in local watercourses or the sea so it is worth thinking about this alongside the fact it will potentially prevent your sewage treatment plant from working properly. Fats, oils & grease cause additional problems as they can block drains and cause backups, as do disposable items such as wet wipes and nappies.

Have the sewage treatment tanks de-sludged regularly, ideally every twelve months. However, some of the lower budget treatment plants will require emptying more frequently. This should be carried out by a licensed waste carrier.

De-sludging your sewage treatment plant will help to maximise the working life of the components and will prevent the effluent quality from deteriorating. You will notice if it has if the final effluent this is cloudy or contains many suspended particles, then the final settlement tank. If this is the case you will need to have your tank checked over but ideally you will prevent this from happening if you carry out our top tips for sewage treatment plant maintenance.

You could also consider carrying out a full service of your sewage treatment plant around every 24 months. However, it would be worth checking over the components of the sewage treatment plant more regularly so you can spot problems early.

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top tips for cesspit maintenance

Top Tips for Cesspit Maintenance

Keeping an eye on your cesspit will ensure you spot problems early. It will also also help to keep it working properly and may save you money if problems are tackled before they get bigger.

Cracked walls and punctures can cause external leaks as will an overflowing tank. The symptoms of an overflowing cesspit or septic tank include slow drainage, horrible smells, greener/lusher grass around the system and wastewater backup.

Here are our top tips for cesspit maintenance which should help you keep yours in good working order:

Check the levels of your cesspit and ensure it is emptied frequently. An overflowing cesspit will not only be a smelly problem, it is offence under the Public Health Act (1936) and Water Resources Act (1991). It will also cause a costly mess to clean up. Don’t lift the lift on your cesspit to check the cesspit though, there is an abundance of toxic waste in there so it is better to have a properly fitted and maintained alarm system within it.

Furthermore, be careful what you dispose of within your cesspit. Don’t allow flammable or hazardous liquids to enter the system. In addition, if you’re going to give your cesspit a clean, make sure you use biologically-friendly household products rather than products such as bleach.

You should also avoid flushing or draining any items which will block drains or prevent biological processes taking place. Basically the only thing which should be disposed of within the cesspit is biological waste.

Lastly, don’t allow the area around the manhole cover to become overgrown or obscured. You will need allow easy access for clearances and a blocked manhole cover will also make sorting a problem out harder.

We hope our cesspit top tips for maintenance will help you remain or become cesspit trouble free!

However, if your cesspit needs emptying or has problems, West Wales Waste are a registered and professional liquid waste handler and disposal service. For a free, no obligation fill out our online form here. Alternatively, give us a call on: 01646 629089. 

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What is the cost of installing a septic tank?

What is the cost of installing a septic tank?

What is the cost of installing a septic tank? Well unlike a cesspit, the septic tank has some extremely unique features which can affect the cost of maintaining the unit.

In short, a cesspit is a wastewater system which holds the waste until emptied. A septic tank is a wastewater system which not only holds the wastewater but also treats and discharges some of its contents into the environment around it (through a soakaway). This is similar to a Sewer Treatment Plant system.

If you are currently researching the costs of installing one into your home, then there are a few things to consider.

Drainage.

It is very important you have the correct information and permissions in place before beginning your project.

A septic tank can be quite a large size with its tank and soak away to consider. With this in mind, you will need to make sure your ground is suitable for a soakaway and you have the correct planning permission on your land in order to excavate without any trouble.

Even if you would like to install an above ground tank, planning permission will be required.

The size of the tank.

The size of your septic tank will inevitably affect the cost.

The larger the number of people living within the property, the larger the tank will need to be. It is common to think that a larger property will require a larger tank, but if it can only hold a small number of individuals, then the amount of waste created will be less.

A small-sized septic tank can cost upwards of £750, whereas a larger system can cost £1000 – £2000 and beyond.

Location.

Location can be everything when researching which system would be the most beneficial. Smaller above-ground systems can be extremely cost-effective, but they can be somewhat of an eyesore.

However, in some circumstances, you may have no other choice but to install a below-ground system.

Consult with an adviser when researching for planning permission before making any financial decisions.

Labour and materials.

Like most things, the materials your system is made from will unsurprisingly affect the cost of the unit. You would potentially assume that all tanks are one and the same, but this is a misconception. Our advice would be not to cut corners and invest in a unit that will give you longevity. The Septic Tank will give you a return on investment over time so make a wise choice.

There are various different trades which offer an installation service, but it is recommended that you discuss an installation with your local waste management company. They will have the best knowledge on what to avoid and the best course of action.

Summary.

So in an a nutshell, the answer to “What is the cost of installing a septic tank?” is:

Overall, your investment levels will vary depending on the choices made, but on average, the whole project should cost between £3000 – £6000 for supply and installation of a Septic Tank depending on size and ground conditions.

If you wish to learn more about our installation services, please feel free to contact us at any time at 01646 629089 or click here to fill out one of our instant quotation forms. Read our Top Tips for Septic Tank Maintenance here.

What is the cost of installing a sewer treatment plant?

What is the cost of installing a Sewer Treatment Plant?

When looking at installing any wastewater system, there can be many different cost involved. So the answer to “What is the cost of installing a Sewer Treatment Plant?” is not necessarily a straight forward one. From the system itself to the labour of the project – all of these have varied cost implementations.

It’s important to remember that the overall cost of this system may seem high at first, but it is essential to remember the savings you will make in the long term.

By installing a sewer treatment system, you will help protect the environment. The sewage you will be discharging will be treated within the system before it is introduced into the surrounding area. This also helps breakdown and dispose of viruses and diseases which spread from the surface water.

If your sewage treatment plant is an upgrade from a previous system, then you are most likely going to avoid any fines from the Environmental Agency. If you are not up to date already, please read our article on the new 2020 septic tank regulations.

What is the price of a Sewage Treatment Plant?

For obvious reasons, the prices are widely varied. It will all come down to the size of the tank and the number of people who will be using it.

To calculate this, most people will either follow the rules outlined in British Water Flows & Loads or alternatively, you can take the advice of the company selling you the tank itself.

Tanks can cost anywhere from £1000 to £15,000 depending on size.

What is the cost of the install?

When we quote the installation of a sewage treatment plant, we assess the tank that is will be installed and the time it will take to complete the installation.

No concrete backfill is needed for the project which will only add to the savings you can make. However, you will still need to excavate where the tank will be installed. Some customers may require a discharge permit if they don’t conform with the general binding rule by National Resources Wales. This will require an application fee. On top of this, you will require planning permission and building regulation approval. But once all these have been completed, the process should go smoothly.

How much does a Sewage Treatment Plant cost to run?

Not many people are aware, but most sewage treatment plants have to have a power supply. This powers the electric air blower housed within the system. This air blower supplies fresh air which helps feed the bacteria within the tank. This will only cost roughly the same as a single lightbulb.

On top of this, you will regularly need to desludge/empty your tank when it is required.

With all this in mind, the cost of running the system will still be extremely cost-effective in the long run.

It is advised that you have you check your treatment plant regularly.

These checks should include:

· All vents should be checked to make sure they are not blocked or obscured.

· Ensure the air blower is working by listening for a gentle hum when standing beside the plant.

· Inspect pipework for blockages if necessary

· Sludge return

· Functionality of blower and/or pump

· Pump pressures

· Pump filters are replaced

· Pump Diaphragm

· Alarm

· Ventilation function tested

· Diffuser monitored to check for dispersion of air

· Tricel covers and locks

· Manifold adjusted

If you wish to discuss any of the above in further detail with us, please call 01646 629089.

If you would like to enquire about a quote from us, then please click here to fill in our instant quote form.

What is the cost of installing a Cesspit?

What is the cost of installing a Cesspit (Cesspool)?

Unlike a septic tank, a cesspit is a simple unit.

In short, a cesspit is a wastewater system which holds the waste until it is full and needs to be emptied.

A septic tank is a wastewater system which not only holds the wastewater but also treats and discharges some of its contents into the environment around it (through a soakaway). This is similar to a Sewage Treatment Plant system.

If you are currently researching ” What is the cost of installing a Cesspit (Cesspool)?”, then there are a few things to consider.

The size of the tank.

The size of your cesspit (cesspool) will inevitably affect the cost.

The larger number of people living within the property, the larger the tank will need to be. It is common to think that a larger property will require a larger tank, but if it can only hold a small number of individuals, then the waste is likely to be minimal.

A small-sized cesspool can cost upwards of £1000, whereas a larger system can cost £1500+

Labour and materials.

Like most things, the materials your system is made from will unsurprisingly affect the cost of the unit. You would potentially assume that all tanks are one and the same, but this is a misconception. Our advice would be not to cut corners and invest in a unit that will give you longevity. The Septic Tank will give you a return on investment over time so make a wise choice.

There are various different companies which offer an installation service, but it is recommended that you discuss an installation with your local waste management company. They will have the best knowledge on what to avoid and the best course of action.

Summary.

Overall, the simple answer to your question “What is the cost of installing a Cesspit (Cesspool)?” is: Your investment levels will vary depending on the choices made, but on average, the whole project should cost between £3000 – £6000.

If you wish to learn more about our installation services, please feel free to contact us at any time at 01646 629089 or click here to fill out one of our instant quotation forms.

what is a soakaway?

What is a Soakaway?

Soakaways are installed to manage any surface water from either a rainwater or sewer system.

It can be a highly effective way to deal with any surface water which collects in the surrounding ground/earth.

Soakaways are important to control the levels of surface water, avoiding flooding from excess rainfall as well as other things.

Domestic Soakaways are most commonly found in the rear garden adjacent to a wastewater system, such as a Septic tank or a Sewage Treatment Plant. You will know if you have a Soakaway if you follow draining rainwater to the bottom of a garden, you will most likely come across a dip in the earth. This is a very good sign your property has a Soakaway.

Maintaining a Soakaway is important to the environment which surrounds it. When you have issues with your Soakaway it can be quite easy to notice. When inspecting your Soakaway, be on the lookout for waterlogging. This is the best indication that your soakaway is not dispersing the water effectively enough.

It’s advised that you regularly check for issues.

It is extremely important to know where a soakaway cannot be used before looking to install one.

The Environmental Agency has specific general building rules when it comes down to installing a Soakaway. Their regulations have changed recently for Septic Tanks, so if you already own a septic tank, click here to view the updated regulations.

Soakaways are not well known for handling wastewater drainage. This being said, your Septic Tank or Sewage Treatment Plant will have its own process to break down the effluent so that the Soakaway isn’t affected. Bacteria in the systems take care of the majority of the work when breaking down your waste, but having a good clean airflow into the tank will help feed the bacteria in order to carry out their job efficiently.

Once this process is complete, the waste that is discharged is environmentally friendly and should cause no harm to the environment that surrounds it.

If you wish to learn more about a soakaway, please feel to contact us at any time on 01646 629089