If you’re considering buying or moving into a property with a septic tank, you may be wondering how much it costs to empty the tank. While the cost can vary depending on several factors, such as the size of the tank and the type of sewage system, understanding the process can help you estimate the cost more accurately.
Septic tanks are designed to collect and treat wastewater from households, using a two-chamber system to separate solids from liquids. The solids settle to the bottom of the first chamber, where bacteria decompose them through anaerobic digestion. The liquids then move into the second chamber, where suspended particles settle before being released into the soakaway system and the surrounding environment.
While septic tanks don’t necessarily need to be emptied completely, they do require regular de-sludging to remove the solids from the system and ensure an optimal level of bacteria-laden water remains. The frequency of de-sludging depends on the size of the tank and the number of people living in the property, but it generally ranges from one to two times per year.
At West Wales Waste, we offer septic tank emptying services at competitive prices. The approximate cost per clearance varies based on the size of the tank, with 1000 gallons (4500 liters) costing between £140-£180, and 4000 gallons (18000 liters) costing between £380-£440. It’s important to note that regulations from National Resources Wales must be followed when emptying septic tanks, including the requirement for a “Consent to Discharge.”
In addition to septic tanks, cesspits and sewage treatment plants are other options for managing wastewater. Cesspits simply store waste without treating the wastewater, while sewage treatment plants use mechanical components to break down the liquid waste and produce a cleaner effluent.
If you’re interested in finding out more about our septic tank emptying services or want to request an estimate, please fill out one of our instant quote forms or contact us directly. Our professionals can provide you with the information you need to manage your sewage system effectively and efficiently.