Complying With The New Septic Tank Regulations

Many property owners who use a septic tank for the disposal of waste water are unaware of the new septic tank regulations, which are referred to as the ‘General Binding Rules’.  These new septic tank regulations were introduced by the Environment Agency in 2015, with the deadline to comply with the regulations being January 2020. If the conditions of these septic tank regulations are not adhered to, then the owner of the system would need to make an application to the Environment Agency for a Permit, or upgrade / replace the existing system to make it compliant.   Non compliance can cause a number of septic tank problems.

One of the main reasons why these new septic tank regulations have been introduced is to reduce the level of pollution from septic tanks into the nation’s watercourses.  As such, the Environment Agency is aiming to end the practice of septic tanks discharging directly to watercourses and the resulting pollution.

One such example of where a septic tank didn’t comply with these new septic tank regulations was at this property located in Essex. The existing septic tank dated back to the 1970’s with the outlet drainage from the tank discharging directly into a nearby watercourse. Although the septic tank had been discharging in this manner for over 40 years the discharge didn’t comply with the new regulations due to it causing pollution in the receiving watercourse. It was therefore necessary to replace the existing septic tank with a modern sewage treatment plant to ensure compliance with the new septic tank regulations.

  

After taking into account the existing drainage layout and the property owners preferences, we recommended the installation of a Tricel Novo new sewage treatment plant in the rear garden. This reduced the amount of excavation works required, and as a result, the amount of disturbance to the garden setting. Care was taken by Mantair engineers to ensure that the ground area was protected prior to heavy machinery being used or materials being stored.

As with all sewage treatment plant installations we carry out, the Tricel sewage treatment plant was installed with a concrete surround to protect the structural integrity of the tank.  An independent RCD protected power supply was installed from the property to the air blower kiosk, with the relevant NICEIC Certification being obtained.

  

Although there was already a discharge drain in place from the existing septic tank this drain was installed too shallow and it was therefore necessary for a new drain to be installed from the Tricel sewage treatment plant to the boundary watercourse. The cleanliness of the effluent produced form the Tricel system complies with the requirements of the new septic tank regulations, thus enabling the discharge to the boundary watercourse.

  

On completion of the ancillary works, Mantair engineers commissioned the Tricel sewage treatment plant, including setting of air valves, checking all pipe work joints and viewing the discharge into the boundary watercourse. All machinery was removed from site with the garden being left in a neat and tidy manner.

Mantair provides a comprehensive service for all off mains drainage systems, including advice in relation to septic tank regulations and Environment Agency standards, free site inspections, guidance and advice on the most suitable system for the client’s requirements and complete installation.

Call our team today to find how we can help you – 01255 853890.

Septic Tank Installation in Norfolk

In the village of West Somerton near Great Yarmouth, the septic tank serving this property had collapsed and the homeowners had employed the services of a local drainage contractor to replace the damaged septic tank through the household insurance.

Unfortunately, the client lost all faith in the local contractor after various problems, including the damaging of a mains electrical cable at the house. Mantair was recommended to the client by a third party and a site survey was agreed at short notice to solve these septic tank problems.

During the site survey, Mantair engineers identified that the previous contractors recommended works would have involved more disturbance and inconvenience than was necessary. After careful consideration and taking into account the site details, Mantair engineers recommended the installation of a new septic tank within the property’s driveway and connection onto the existing inlet and outlet drainage pipework.

  

The chosen tank was a Marsh CE Accredited horizontal septic tank.  The tank was installed at a depth that would allow the existing foul drainage from the property to connect into the tank inlet, whilst the outlet depth was suitable to enable a gravity connection into the existing drainage field.

Due to the tank being installed within the properties driveway it was necessary for the manhole covers to be upgraded to ‘cast iron’ to allow for vehicle movement.

  

The project was completed within three days with the driveway and all disturbed areas being completely reinstated.

All machinery and ground protection equipment was removed from site and the new septic tank was commissioned and left operational.

Mantair has been solving septic tank problems in Norfolk and East Anglia for over two decades and continues to be the market leader in septic tank upgrades and conversions.

If you require assistance with a septic tank problem or have a requirement for a new sewage treatment plant, call our team today to receive a free site visit on 01255 853890.

Septic Tank Insurance Claim

We were approached by the owner of a property on the outskirts of Colchester regarding problems they were having with root ingress within the septic tank serving their property.  After an initial telephone consultation it was arranged for a Mantair engineer to visit the property and carry-out an inspection of the septic tank with the tank being emptied for the inspection.

Maintair are experts in problems with septic tanks, and from the tank inspection, it was immediately evident that the existing septic tank was in the form of a single ‘concrete ring’ chamber, with mass root ingress between the joints of the concrete rings.  The root ingress was allowing surface water to enter the tank and had impaired the structural integrity of the tank.

As leading experts in septic tank repairs, Mantair engineers have a wealth of knowledge on whether a tank can be repaired.  Unfortunately, in this instance the tank was beyond repair and required replacement.  However, the damage to the septic tank was identified by the Mantair engineer as an ‘insurable peril’, and as a result of this, it was recommended that an Insurance Claim should be issued to the Buildings Insurer in relation to the damaged septic tank.

Working in partnership with the UK’s leading drainage insurance claims management company, Mantair offers our customers a unique insurance claims management service. Providing expertise in managing insurance claims for the costs of repairing or replacing damaged drainage systems, we work on behalf of property owners helping them to save thousands of pounds in resolving problems associated with damaged septic tanks.  Read more

A report on our findings was issued to the Buildings Insurer detailing the damage which had been identified.  After a site meeting and various communications with the Loss Adjuster acting on behalf of the Insurer, it was agreed that the Insurance Claim should be covered by the Insurer.  Due to the site restrictions, the Loss Adjuster agreed to the proposed replacement of the existing septic tank with a new sewage treatment plant and associated drainage works.

  

The sewage treatment plant was based on the number of bedrooms the property had + two; this being in accordance with the British Water ‘Flows and Loads’ Code of Practice.  The chosen sewage treatment plant was also based on the system being installed within the properties driveway.

   

The installation of the new sewage treatment plant was completed within a single week with there being no alterations to the garden setting, apart from a new manhole cover within the driveway.

Many property owners are unaware that the costs to repair or replace a damaged drainage system can be covered by their existing buildings insurance policies.  For those who are aware, the thought of dealing with insurers and loss adjusters on the technical ‘ins and outs’ of a drainage system can be quite a daunting prospect.  Providing free site assessments on failing septic tanks, we are able to identify if the cause of a tank failure is due to an insurable peril, and if required, act on the clients behalf in issuing a claim to the insurance provider.

Mantair has been solving septic tank problems in Essex and East Anglia for over two decades and continues to be the market leader in septic tank upgrades and conversions.

If you require assistance with a septic tank problem or have a requirement for a new sewage treatment plant, call our team today to receive a free site visit on 01255 853890.

Septic Tank Installation in Essex

We were approached by a homeowner looking for advice regarding a new septic tank installation in Essex. For septic tank installations Mantair provides a complete design, installation and commissioning service throughout Essex and surrounding County’s.

Case Study – Southend on Sea, Essex.

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The client approached Mantair to discuss the options for replacing a failed septic tank which was serving multiple properties.  It was the clients wishes to have their own independent septic tank.

Site Investigations

Mantair engineers attended site to conduct a detailed survey of the existing drainage arrangements and carry out percolation tests to determine if the sub-strata was suitable for a septic tank soakaway system.

The results of the site survey showed that a septic tank installation would provide an effective means of waste water disposal, and provided the information required to determine the size of soakaway necessary.

Septic Tank Specification

Mantair engineers recommended the installation of a 2800 litre Klargester Alpha septic tank. The Klargester septic tank is made from composite GRP and is performance tested to EN-12566-1 requirements.

Septic Tank Operation

Sewage enters the septic tank into a settlement chamber, allowing solid waste (sludge) to sink and liquid to rise to the surface. This surface liquid makes contact with oxygen and the organic matter starts to breakdown biologically.

This liquid still contains sewage but in small enough particles to be carried through the discharge outlet and into the receiving soakaway.

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Septic Tank Installation

Scope of the works included:

  • Exposing the existing foul drainage pipe work and installation of new drainage to the location of the new septic tank system;
  • Excavation of suitably sized hole in preparation for the installation of the septic tank;
  • Installation of the septic tank, including for a concrete surround;
  • Installing a new discharge drain from the septic tank to the existing soakaway system;
  • Removal from site of all surplus excavated areas;
  • Backfilling all excavations and leaving the area neat and tidy.

On completion of the ancillary works Mantair engineers commissioned the septic tank system and removed all machinery from site, leaving the garden in a neat and tidy manner.

Stringent regulations govern the installation of septic tanks and there are several reasons why a septic tank may not be allowed for installation. Should a septic tank installation not be suitable for your property then a Mantair engineer would guide you through the alternative “off mains” drainage solutions available.

For all septic tank problems and requirements in Essex, whether it’s a septic tank flooding and backing up or causing pollution in ditches, call East Anglia’s leading experts in septic tank installation and repairs on 01255 853890, or fill out the form below.

 

Septic Tank Problem – Cromer Lodge, Felbrigg, Norfolk.

Part of the former Gate Lodge to Felbrigg Hall, Cromer Lodge is a quirky, cosy cottage situated at the entrance to Felbrigg Hall Estate in Norfolk.  Guests staying at Cromer Lodge enjoy easy access to park and woodland walks through Felbrigg Estate, whilst the Norfolk town of Cromer is only ten minutes drive away.

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Whilst surveying several drainage systems at Felbrigg Estate for the National Trust, Mantair engineers identified that the septic tank serving Cromer Lodge was in need of replacement.  The results of the septic tank survey identified the soakaway system connected to the existing septic tank was functioning correctly, allowing the discharged effluent from the septic tank to percolate into the sub strata.

Cromer Lodge is a National Trust Holiday Cottage for persons visiting Norfolk on holiday and as such the variations in flow can alter dependent from high to low seasons.  In view of this and the ground conditions being suitable for a soakaway system, Mantair recommended that a septic tank would be more suitable than a sewage treatment plant.  Sewage treatment plants can be susceptible to variations in flow.

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With the soakaway system functioning effectively and the cause of the problem being with the septic tank itself, Mantair engineers recommended that the only remedial works required would be replacing the existing failed septic tank with a modern septic tank.

With Cromer Lodge being a Holiday Cottage it was essential that all works were carried out and completed during a period when no guests were staying at the cottage.  This septic tank installation in Norfolk was carried out and completed over a period of only two days, ensuring no holiday bookings were affected.

Prior to any works commencing Mantair engineers scanned the proposed location of the new septic tank to ensure that no underground services were present.

The septic tank was delivered to Cromer Lodge using one of Mantair’s delivery vehicles after it had been inspected at Mantair’s head offices in Essex.  All septic tanks and sewage treatment plants Mantair provides are inspected prior to approval for delivery.

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The scope of the works included:

  • Exposing the existing foul drainage pipe work and installation of new drainage to the location of the new septic tank system;
  • Excavation of suitably sized hole in preparation for the installation of the septic tank;
  • Installation of the septic tank, including for a concrete surround;
  • Installing a new discharge drain from the septic tank to the existing soakaway system;
  • Emptying and filling-in of the old septic tank system;
  • Removal from site of all surplus excavated areas;
  • Backfilling all excavations and leaving the area neat and tidy.

On completion of the ancillary works Mantair commissioned the septic tank system and removed all machinery from site, leaving the garden area in a neat and tidy manner.

Mantair provides a comprehensive septic tank and sewage treatment plant service throughout Norfolk. This includes free site inspections, guidance and advice on the most suitable system for our client’s requirements, complete installation and full after sales care for both septic tanks and sewage treatment plants throughout Norfolk and East Anglia.

If you would like a Mantair engineer to visit you please fill out the form below or contact us on 01255 853890.

Septic Tank Installation in Woodbridge, Suffolk

Mantair was contacted by the owner of a property located on the outskirts of Woodbridge in Suffolk regarding septic tank problems.  The homeowner requested the services of Mantair to assist in the replacement of the ageing septic tank.

On inspection, it was found that the tank was constructed from brickwork and that the walls of the tank had started to collapse.  One side of the septic tank had completely lost its structural integrity with much of this side of the tank having collapsed. The main reason for the septic tank failure was due to sulphate corrosion.

From the initial septic tank survey it was evident that the existing soakaway system connected to the tank was functioning correctly.  With the soakaway system working effectively and the cause of the problem being with the septic tank itself, Mantair engineers recommended replacing the existing failed septic tank with a modern replacement septic tank.

As part of the project Mantair liaised with the Environment Agency to obtain an Exemption Certificate, and the local Building Control Department to obtain the relevant approvals for the installation.

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Prior to any ancillary works commencing Mantair engineers scanned the proposed location for the new septic tank and any areas where excavations were taking place to ensure that no underground services were present.

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On completion of the ancillary works Mantair commissioned the septic tank system and removed all machinery from site, leaving the garden in a neat and tidy manner.

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Mantair offers a comprehensive septic tank and sewage treatment plant service throughout Suffolk. This includes free site inspections, guidance and advice on the most suitable system for the client’s requirements, complete installation, commissioning and full after sales care.

Stringent regulations govern the installation of septic tanks, and there are several reasons why a septic tank may not be allowed for installation.  Should a septic tank installation not be suitable for your property then a Mantair engineer would guide you through the other ‘off mains’ drainage solutions available.

If you require assistance with a septic tank problem in Suffolk or have a requirement for a new sewage treatment plant or septic tank, call our team today to receive a free site visit on 01255 853890.