Septic Tank Problem in Kent

After purchasing a property with septic tank problems in Kent the new vendors needed to find a waste water solution to replace the failed septic tank. The vendors were recommended to contact Mantair to resolve their septic tank problems. Providing site assessment visits, Mantair can assess all septic tank problems in Kent.

After a brief telephone conversation with the client it was evident that a site inspection was required to ascertain the cause for the septic tank problem. Upon inspection, it was found that the septic tank was surcharged and causing the foul drainage from this Kent property to ‘back up’. On emptying of the septic tank it became apparent that the internal baffle within the tank had collapsed, thus preventing proper separation to take place within the tank. As a result of the septic tank baffle collapsing, solids and floating material had passed into the soakaway drainage field causing it to choke.

    

With the tank not being able to function as a septic tank and the clients preference to have a new tank installed, Mantair engineers recommended the installation of a six person Marsh sewage treatment plant; this being based on the property having four bedrooms and in accordance with the British Water Flows & Loads Code of Practice-4. The Marsh system is a ‘one piece’ packaged sewage treatment plant and is designed to produce a final treated effluent suitable for discharge to a ditch, stream or river.

Mantair engineers scanned the ground to identify all underground services prior to works commencing. With the new Marsh sewage treatment plant being installed in a different location to the existing septic tank it was necessary for the existing foul drainage pipework from the property to be intercepted and diverted into the Marsh system.   The majority of septic tank and sewage treatment plant installations require deep excavations and trenching for new drainage pipes. Therefore, it is crucial that all underground services are identified and remain undamaged throughout the duration of excavations.

As with all septic tank and sewage treatment plant installations Mantair conducts in Kent, the Marsh system 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 remote blower housing, with the relevant NICEIC Certification being obtained.

  

A new discharge drain was installed and connected to the Marsh system allowing the treated effluent to drain direct into a nearby ditch. The existing septic tank was de-commissioned and infilled.

Prior to the project being completed the local Building Control officer inspected the works, approved all elements of the project and issued a Building Notice Certificate.

The installation of the Marsh sewage treatment plant solved the septic tank problems at this Kent location and provides the vendors with an environmental way of disposing with their waste water.

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

Did you know that the cost to resolve your septic tank problems may be covered by your existing buildings insurance policy? Mantair works in partnership with the UK’s leading drainage insurance claims management company to offer our customers a unique insurance claims management service throughout Kent and surrounding Counties. Providing expertise in managing insurance claims for the costs of repairing or replacing damaged drainage systems, we work on behalf of property owners across Kent, helping them to save thousands of pounds in resolving their septic tank problems.

Call our team today to find out how we can help solve your septic tank problems or complete the form below.

Sewage Treatment Plant Installation Berkshire

Sewage treatment plants are becoming the preferred choice for homeowners in Berkshire as they provide a modern alternative to septic tank systems for areas without access to “mains drainage”. As leading independent installers for sewage treatment plants in Berkshire, Mantair has been providing clients a professional service for over 25 years, with all projects being carried out in accordance with Regulations.

In recent years we’ve seen an increase in septic tank replacements due to more stringent regulations surrounding the use of septic tanks. This increase has partly been due to DEFRA and the Environment Agency introducing the “General Binding Rules” in January 2015. Click here for further information on the General Binding Rules.

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At this property in Windsor, Berkshire, we were contacted by a homeowner who was having a house extension and had been advised by a local Building Control Inspector that the existing septic tank was not suitable for the increase in size of the property. It was agreed that a Mantair engineer should attend the property to carry-out a site inspection and advise of the most appropriate solution.

After conducting a site inspection, we recommended replacing the septic tank with a Marsh ENsign sewage treatment plant, which would produce a ‘treated’ effluent suitable for discharge to the nearby ditch.

Based on the property having four bedrooms and in accordance with the British Water Flows and Loads Code of Practice – 4, a six-person Marsh system was recommended for installation.

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The Marsh ENsign sewage treatment plant is a ‘single tank’ system using a three stage treatment process. Central to the operation of the Marsh system is the aeration chamber. Within the aeration chamber aerobic micro-organisms develop through the use of fine bubble aeration and floating plastic media. This aeration process provides an extremely robust means of treating sewage, and provides an ideal solution for septic tank replacements.

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The scope of the installation works included:

  • Exposing the existing foul drainage pipe work and diverting to the location of the Marsh ENsign sewage treatment plant;
  • Installation of the Marsh system in a suitably sized excavation, including for a concrete base and back-fill;
  • Locating the air blower within a remote blower housing;
  • Provision of an RCD protected power supply to the blower housing;
  • Installation of a new discharge pipe from the Marsh system to a nearby ditch;
  • Emptying and filling-in of the existing septic tank, and
  • Leaving all excavated areas level in preparation for the garden landscaping.

On completion of the ancillary works, Mantair engineers commissioned the Marsh ENsign sewage treatment plant, including setting of air valves, checking all pipe work joints and viewing the final discharge.

If you would like a Mantair engineer to visit you regarding a septic tank inspection in Berkshire or merely require advise on septic tank care, contact us today!

Sewage Treatment Plants Norfolk

For sewage treatment plant installations and repairs throughout Norfolk, Mantair provides homeowners with a complete design, installation and maintenance service. As leading installers and service providers, Mantair has installed sewage treatment plants and septic tanks throughout the County of Norfolk for many years, including various locations for the National Trust at Blickling, Felbrigg and Sheringham Parks.

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Providing a free site assessment service throughout Norfolk and East Anglia, Mantair offers a comprehensive service including free site inspections, guidance and advice on existing systems and where required, complete installation and commissioning for new sewage treatment plants and septic tanks.

As members of British Water, Mantair are abreast of all current regulatory requirements for both the Environment Agency and Building Regulations, including the ‘general binding rules‘ for using septic tanks and small sewage treatment plants.

Case Study

Sewage Treatment Plant Installation in Norfolk.

We were contacted by a property owner in North Norfolk who was experiencing problems with foul odours emanating from the existing sewage treatment plant serving the property. After our initial telephone discussion with the property owner, it was evident that the existing sewage treatment plant wasn’t functioning correctly, and we agreed to visit the property to inspect the treatment plant.

Upon inspection, we found that the existing sewage treatment plant was a ‘three-stage’ system, incorporating primary, aeration and final settlement chambers. It was evident during our inspection that the partition wall separating the primary and aeration chambers had collapsed. As a result of this, the sewage treatment plant was no longer functioning, causing the reported odour nuisance. This also resulted in untreated effluent discharging from the sewage treatment plant into an adjacent watercourse.

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Mantair engineers have a wealth of experience in dealing with damaged sewage treatment plants and septic tanks.  The damage identified to the sewage treatment plant at this Norfolk property was considered to be consistent with accidental damage. In association with UKDP, we were able to obtain approval for the costs for a new sewage treatment plant installation to be covered by the property owners Insurance Policy; thus saving the property owner thousands of pounds.

As agreed with the Insurers, we recommended the installation of a six-person Marsh sewage treatment plant; this being sized in accordance with the British Water ‘Flows & Loads’ Code of Practice – 4.

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After taking into account the existing drainage layout and the property owners preferences, we recommended installing the 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 also taken by Mantair engineers to ensure that the ground area was protected prior to heavy machinery being used.

As with all sewage treatment plant installations we carry out, the Marsh 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.

With the property owner already having Environment Agency approval to discharge treated effluent into a nearby watercourse from the existing treatment plant, it was agreed to connect the discharge drainage from the Marsh sewage treatment plant to the existing outlet pipework draining to the nearby watercourse.

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On completion of the ancillary works, we commissioned the Marsh sewage treatment plant, including setting of air valves, checking all pipe work joints and viewing the discharge into the receiving watercourse.

All machinery was removed from site with the garden being left in a neat and tidy manner.

Could the cost to resolve your sewage treatment plant or septic tank problem in Norfolk be covered under your buildings insurance?  To find out more contact us on 01603 513232 or complete the form below.

Click here to view a sewage treatment plant installation video.

Septic Tank Replacement

If you live in a rural area of the UK, your home will most likely be connected to a private drainage system, with the most common system being a septic tank.  In recent years we’ve seen an increase in septic tank replacements due to more stringent regulations surrounding the use of septic tanks.

It is widely known that many septic tanks discharge directly into ditches and streams throughout the UK.  Such discharges have been an offence since 1991 when the Water Resources Act came into force, including discharges that predate the enforcement date. A discharge of this type from a septic tank renders the homeowner liable to prosecution by the Statutory Authorities.

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With the Environmental Agency and Local Authorities becoming more stringent on the use of septic tanks, it has been necessary for us to carry-out septic tank replacements using modern sewage treatment plants. Sewage treatment plants are specifically designed to ‘treat’ the receiving sewage to the extent that the final treated effluent is acceptable for discharge to ditches and streams.

Septic Tank Replacement – Case Study

We were contacted by the owners of this property in Essex after they had been informed their septic tank was pumping into a nearby ditch and causing pollution.  The homeowners had been advised that they would need to investigate the options regarding a septic tank replacement and employ the services of an ‘off mains’ drainage specialist.

After conducting a site inspection, Mantair engineers recommended replacing the septic tank with a Marsh ENsign sewage treatment plant, which would produce a ‘treated’ effluent suitable for discharge to the nearby ditch.

Based on the property having four bedrooms and in accordance with the British Water Flows and Loads Code of Practice – 4, a six-person Marsh system was recommended for installation.

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The Marsh ENsign sewage treatment plant is a ‘single tank’ system using a three stage treatment process. Central to the operation of the Marsh system is the aeration chamber.  Within the aeration chamber aerobic micro-organisms develop through the use of fine bubble aeration and floating plastic media.  This aeration process provides an extremely robust means of treating sewage, and provides an ideal solution for septic tank replacements.

As part of the project Mantair engineers liaised with the local Building Control Department to obtain the relevant approvals for the installation.

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

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The scope of the installation works included:

  • Exposing the existing foul drainage pipe work and diverting to the location of the Marsh ENsign sewage treatment plant;
  • Installation of the Marsh system in a suitably sized excavation, including for a concrete base and back-fill;
  • Locating the air blower within a remote blower housing;
  • Provision of an RCD protected power supply to the blower housing;
  • Installation of the air main from the air blower to the Marsh system;
  • Connection of the outlet from the Marsh system onto the existing outlet drainage;
  • Emptying and filling-in of the existing septic tank.

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On completion of the ancillary works, Mantair engineers commissioned the Marsh ENsign sewage treatment plant, including setting of air valves, checking all pipe work joints and viewing the final discharge.

All machinery was removed from site with the garden being left in a neat and tidy manner.

If you would like a Mantair engineer to visit you regarding a septic tank replacement, please contact us.

Sewage Treatment Plant Solution in Sussex

Sewage treatment plants in Sussex are becoming more popular with homeowners as they provide a modern alternative to septic tank systems. As leading independent installers and service providers for sewage treatment plants in Sussex, Mantair is ideally placed to provide Sussex homeowners with a sewage treatment plant to meet their site requirements, or provide the expertise required for assessing septic tank problems.

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We were contacted by the owners of a property in Horsham, West Sussex, who wanted to upgrade a failing septic tank.  The ageing septic tank had been causing problems for several years and the homeowners wanted to replace the tank with a modern sewage treatment plant.

After conducting a detailed survey of this Sussex property, Mantair engineers recommended the installation of six-person Marsh packaged sewage treatment plant; this being in accordance with the British Water Flows and Code of Practice for sizing small sewage treatment plants.

Prior to any ancillary works commencing, Mantair engineers scanned the proposed location for the sewage treatment plant and areas where any excavations were taking place to ensure that no underground services were present.

As part of the project we liaised with the Environment Agency and the local Building Control department to obtain the relevant approvals for the installation.

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As with all sewage treatment plant installations Mantair conducts, the Marsh 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.

The quality of effluent discharged from the Marsh sewage treatment plant is clean enough to drain directly into a natural watercourse, and at this location in Sussex we discharged the treated effluent into a roadside ditch.  With the drainage from the property being deeper than the depth of receiving ditch it was necessary for the sewage treatment plant to have a ‘pumped’ outlet.

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On completion of the ancillary works, Mantair engineers commissioned the Marsh sewage treatment plant, including setting of air valves, checking all pipe work joints and viewing the discharge into the roadside ditch.

All machinery was removed from site with the garden being left in a neat and tidy manner.

Operating throughout all of Sussex and surrounding Counties, Mantair are well placed to provide homeowners with a septic tank or sewage treatment plant installation service.  Mantair provides a comprehensive service, including free site inspections, guidance and advice on the most suitable system, complete installation, commissioning and full after sales care.

If you would like a Mantair engineer to visit you regarding an existing septic tank problem or sewage treatment plant installation in Sussex, please fill out the form below and we shall contact you.