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A septic tank is a sedimentation tank located below ground that is filled with water and used to treat wastewater through a combination of biological breakdown and drainage.


The wastewater from a home's bathrooms, kitchens, and washing machines may be treated by installing a septic tank and letting natural processes and tried and tested technology do the rest.


The structure of a septic tank is straightforward. It's a rectangular or circular subsurface watertight container composed of fibre glass, plastic, or concrete.

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At East Rand Toilet Hire, our primary area of expertise is the pump out and disposal of human effluent, often known as sewage, as well as wastewater.

Our ground crew provides outstanding septic tank service and we work hard to ensure that our operations have as little of a negative impact on the environment as possible by implementing eco-friendly practices.

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How does a septic tank work?

Essentially, septic tanks let wastewater sit so that it can settle out. In a septic system, the solids and silt settle to the bottom and are separated from the water. Over time, microbes eat away at this sludge and break it down into more manageable elements. This also releases gunk, like fats, greases, and oil. When the water is still, the scum rises to the top.

After the sediments are filtered, the filtered liquid wastewater or raw sewage, is pushed out through perforated pipes. These exit pipes lead the water to what’s known as the drain field or leach field.

The sewage gently discharges into the drain field and over time, soil and gravel filter it, slowly removing pollutants. To remove any remaining contaminants, wastewater is allowed to soak into the soil. This includes pathogens that could be harmful, such as coliform bacteria. 

How long does it take to clean a septic tank?

If you’re using high-quality equipment, you can complete the procedure in as little as 20 minutes. This, however, is not a hard and fast rule and can change depending on factors such as tank size, method and pump. A grinder-attached submersible pump is the most effective way to clean out a septic tank.

Whether you choose to empty your septic tank on your own or hire a professional, it’s smart to have a backup plan in case something goes wrong. Complications occur frequently. Instances like these can be as simple as a blockage in the pipes or as complex as a malfunctioning part of the septic system.

How often should a septic tank system be pumped?

Even though the bacteria in the system aid in breaking down the sludge, it may still build up over time and require emptying or cleaning. Most households get their tanks cleaned every three to five years. Based on the tank's capacity, the number of people living in the home and the size of the tank, experts recommend septic tank pumping every one to three years. Signs that the pit is overflowing include a noxious stench, muddy grass, and reduced water pressure in the plumbing fixtures.

Tips on maintaining a septic system:

Even while you're not using the toilet, your septic tank is actively processing waste. Continuous decomposing and draining into the drain field, leach field or French drain. Professional pumping of a septic tank is required at regular intervals of two years to five years, depending on several criteria such as tank size, input load, tank maintenance history and the types of household cleaning chemicals used.

No trash should ever go in a toilet, especially one that is hooked up to a septic tank. You should only flush toilet paper and nothing else that doesn't naturally decompose. Septic tanks are designed to safely decompose toilet paper. Anything else will cause your septic system problems and could even lead to a backup. You should get septic-friendly toilet paper. Some of the more luxurious, high-priced brands may clog your system or introduce unnecessary chemicals.

Many things that are harmful to a septic system end up in the kitchen sink. Coffee grinds, eggshells, medication, produce stickers, flour etc., should never be washed down the sink's drain. All these things can accumulate and eventually clog drains or prevent screens from functioning properly.

Oils, including used cooking oil, paint thinner, grease and fat, should not be disposed of in the trash either. Tossing out milk, cream and butter is just as harmful as other dairy products. Septic tanks have a hard time digesting dairy due to the absence of oxygen.

Bleach is a powerful disinfectant that will wipe out any and all germs, but it will also destroy the good bacteria that lives in your septic tank, rendering it useless. There may be serious consequences, such as the inability to use the tank at all and a high cost to fix it. If you must use cleaning products, try to find ones that are less harmful to the environment, such as Environment Friendly or "Green products. Natural cleaners like baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, or hydrogen peroxide are all good options. No matter what it is you're using, it's important to only apply what's necessary to get the task done. Bleach shouldn't be used until absolutely necessary, and even then only in very diluted concentrations.

Keeping a close eye on how much water you use and what goes into your septic system is the first step in maintaining a healthy drain field. The drain field should never be used as a parking lot or driveway. Water from gutters and sump pumps should be directed away from the drain field.

Plants help regulate ground moisture and decrease soil erosion, which makes them a great addition to septic tanks if they are the right sort and placed at the right distance away based on their size and root structure. Many of South Africa's indigenous tree species require less watering and have shallow, non-invasive root systems. In this case, smaller is preferable.