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Buying a house with a septic tank


Buying a house with a Septic Tank and what to look for

Septic tanks are an environmentally friendly method of wastewater disposal – they are a very green option and in many rural areas homeowners who are not connected to a sewerage system won’t have an alternative. If you are planning on buying a house which has a septic tank this is what you need to know:

You will need planning permission from a local authority in order to have a septic tank installed if needed, planning consent must be obtained from your council, and there is a stringent set of regulations that must be followed. If there is already an existing septic tank installed at the property then you won’t need planning permission if you are are planning to replace it.

It doesn’t matter how old your existing system is; you can have it upgraded, renovated or replaced entirely and you won’t require consent from your local authority to get the job done.

Other regulations that owners must be aware of include

  • Making sure a tank is the correct size and installed properly
  • Regularly emptying and maintaining the system to prevent wastewater from overflowing
  • Informing a new owner in writing of their responsibilities if you sell your property

Septic tanks are fitted underground – they work by filtering the waste into different sections – solids to the bottom, water in the middle, and any oils to the top. The liquid layer is then siphoned through a soakaway system which percolates the water and prevents bad smells.

It is suggested that you have your tank checked over every year by a professional company.

The baffle is the barrier between the tank and the soakaway; it prevents any solid waste from passing through. A soakaway system carries your wet waste and treats it by percolating it into the soil. As the water passes through the pipe, it is then dispersed into the soil and treated – this gets rid of any bad smells.

Installing a septic tank is an intricate process and should only be done by a professional, so you need to make sure it’s done right in the first place. A faulty-installed septic tank can lead to a whole host of problems. The soakaway needs to be the right size for the property; if it’s not, you could be left with a smelly situation!

So, if you are looking for off-grid living, an eco-friendly option or are relocating to the countryside, knowing more about how a septic tank works is very beneficial. We hope you have found this post informative and that it may help you with your decision making in the future.

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Posted by: Sarah Dixon | Posted on: April 20, 2021 | Posted in: INTERIORS

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