“2 professionals came and undertook a complex, dirty and stressful job with ease. They were transparent, reassuring and professional and they went above and beyond the call of duty to get my problem fixed. I’d recommend them again. They’re worth every penny.” Customer From London
CESSPIT & SEPTIC TANK EMPTY
Need a tank empty?
Not on main drainage?
Cesspool or soakaway overflowing?
Book a tank empty in Hampshire. If you are a homeowner in a semi rural location and aren’t on main drainage you may need to regularly empty your tank or cesspool to prevent it overflowing. Alton Pump Services offer a full waste water management service for domestic and commercial properties. Our professional, experienced team will ensure your tank is quickly and cleanly emptied.
✔ Shared Treatment Plants
✔ Regular Scheduled Collections
✔ Commercial & Domestic Tank Emptying
DOES YOUR TANK EMPTYING SERVICE REMOVE SOLIDS AS WELL AS LIQUIDS?
Areas We Cover
If your property is in a rural location around Alton in Hampshire, like Four Marks, Alresford as well as Medstead, Ropley, Chawton. Including Beech, Beech, Bentley, Liss or Surrey like; Haslemere, Farnham, Crondall, Tilford, Churt, Elstead or Frensham – it’s likely that you will have off mains drainage. This means that you will have a self contained drainage system which will take the waste from your property. It will usually be connected just to your property, but occasionally the system might be shared with other neighboring properties.
Waste from your property’s toilets, sinks, showers and kitchen appliances will run through a network of pipes from your property until they meet with a main sewer, typically under a nearby main road. Rules introduced in 2015 by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs means any new systems septic tank or cesspit systems must not pollute the land and dictate where a system can be located, and how the waste can be discharged. Your local Water and Sewage company will be responsible for the pipe work that runs from the boundary of your property.
SEPTIC TANK OR CESSPIT – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
A septic tank is an underwater sedimentation tank used for wastewater treatment as a result of biological decomposition and drainage.
A septic tank can come in all different shapes and sizes. Older tanks may be brick built or concrete, modern ones are made of reinforced plastic. Septic tanks differ to cesspits as they are not sealed. Bacteria inside the tank breaks down the solid waste decomposing it more rapidly allowing the liquids to separate. As a result that they drain away through the gaps in the brickwork into the surrounding soil.
Septic tanks don’t have any mechanical parts or perform any treatment of the waste. The process is:
- Waste enters the tank.
- Next waste separates into three different layers.
- Middle layer of separated waste water leaves the tank via soakaway system.
- Solids are broken down due to the bacteria.
A soakaway system is a network of slotted or perforated pipes, these allow the waste water to percolate through the sub soils. Any remaining contents of the tank are removed at regular intervals by a tank emptying company.
Put simply a cesspit is a holding tank for waste. Waste does not soak away – it stays there until the tank is emptied. There is no treatment of the waste that goes in, it simply separates into three layers within the tank. Because of the gas build up in the pit an exhaust is used to allow the gases to escape. As a result of the toxic, untreated nature of the waste, cesspits pose a greater threat to the environment if they fail. Cesspits require more emptying than septic tanks which can become expensive, so consequently they are not as common.
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY:
- New Pumps Installed in Septic Tank
“Called Alton Pump Services Ltd because our treatment plant went into alarm, Alton Pump Services Ltd attended very quickly and diagnosed the fault. They fixed the problem and arranged a tanker for the emptying. Overall very happy with the service we received. Recommended company.” Customer from GodalmingPump Treatment Plant Problems
“This company attended my house and cleared a blockage in my kitchen gully. The man who attended was very courteous and efficient. Great service” Customer in WokingOverflowing Gully
“Called these guys out to clear a blocked drain, Steve came out and was very professional, he showed me the cause of the blockage on his cameras. After agreeing a very reasonable price he installed a liner to repair my drain. 100% recommend this company.” Customer from SurreyBlocked drain and replaced drain liner.
“This company works for us on a regular basis, we have many projects on the go all the time and whenever we have drainage issues we call in Alton Pumps. They were recommended to us by one of our clients Surrey County Council and we bought them on-board as a specialist sub-contractor. They have been working with us for the past 2.5 years.” Customer from BasildonServicing and clearing of drainage lines and servicing of specialist systems
“Had Alton pump services round to look at a problem with my pump, after finding out that it had burnt out they replaced it with a new one. Very happy with the service and install works. Happy to recommend.” Customer From GuildfordNew Pump Installed – Guildford
“Called out Alton Pump Services to unblock my drain. They attended and cleared it at a very reasonable price. Friendly and helpful staff. Recommended.” Customer From GuildfordBlocked Drain – Guildford
“Called these guys out for a blockage in my pipes, they turned up and carried the work out efficiently. Very Happy.” Customer From AltonCleaned out pipes
“Called out this company as my toilet was not flushing, they identified the problem and replaced some parts on the flushing system. Great company from the initial phone call to the engineer that turned up. Recommended”. Customer in GuildfordToilet not flushing
“Had this company come and clear a drain at the front of my house. They had the job done and cleaned the area. Very happy with the service and price”. Customer from WokingBlocked drain
“Had an emergency at home – the guys came out really quickly to replace the pump. Absolute life savers.” – Checkatrade ReviewInstalled a new pump
Alton Pump Services takes pride in being able to offer evidence of our quality and commitment . We are fully dedicated to offering you a great result, using high quality products and keeping prices low to ensure you receive great value.
Alton Pump Services are approved by Hampshire Trading Standards ‘Buy with Confidence’ scheme, registered under the DTI ConstructionLine scheme and UDCB Achillies. We also hold ISO 9001 Certification. As a result we have a loyal customer base. Above all, we aim to give you the best possible products and services at competitive prices.
How often should I empty my tank?
This of course depends on the size of your tank and the number of people using the facilities. On average it’s advisable to empty your tank at least annually if you are living in a household of around 3-4 people. You should book your tank empty accordingly.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T EMPTY MY TANK?
The decomposition process in the tank slows down, consequently waste starts to back up rather than drain away. Eventually you may find your washing machine runs slower or your toilet flush is weak.
As your tank is out of sight it is easy to forget about it. However the most obvious sign that your tank needs emptying is overflow and water-logging in the area surrounding your tank – noticeable by the foul smell!
Tanks need to be emptied regularly to prevent solid waste eventually building up where it can’t be compacted anymore. As a result, toxins and antibacterial substances build up killing the vital bacteria that break down the waste. Some tank emptying service providers will filter the extraction, because of this they only remove liquids. If this continues, subsequently over time the tank fills up with solids which can damage your septic tank system and cause costly damage.
Building Regulations 2010 – Drainage and waste disposal
The regulations state that it is a legal responsibility of the property owner to ensure that their waste treatment system doesn’t ’cause pollution, a health hazard or a nuisance’.
The regulations outline the requirements for septic tanks, drainage fields, cesspits and sewage treatment plants. Local authorities can check that your system is:
- Correctly located
- Suitable size for the property (or properties)
- Appropriate for the local ground conditions
- Maintained regularly to avoid environmental pollution.