Septic Tank Cleaning

Keep your property safe with expert septic tank cleaning from WasteCo

  • Regular septic tank cleaning ensures your system works and remains hygienic
  • Tanks are thoroughly cleaned and waste disposed of safely
  • Book servicing for your septic tank today

Regular cleaning ensures that your septic tank works as it should

When was the last time your septic tank was cleaned? If your tank isn’t working properly you might notice an unpleasant smell. You may notice your drains or toilets running slowly or not emptying fully. Or you may see pools of water or damp areas around your disposal field. The reason your septic tank is performing poorly could be due to one, or a combination of, these factors: 

  • A poorly designed septic tank system or one that isn’t located in the correct place
  • Lack of good bacteria in the tank
  • Tree or plant roots causing problems in the disposal field
  • Broken pipes due to heavy vehicles running over them
  • A build-up of sludge at the bottom of the septic tank

If any of these happen and your septic tank fails, all the solids would disperse and be held in suspension rather than settle on the bottom of the tank. These leads to solids being pushed in to your disposal field blocking it up causing irreversible damage, and also jamming up your pump causing it to burn out.

A build up of sludge in your tank from lack of cleaning will reduce the amount of space available in our tank to hold effluent for a sufficient amount of time before it passes in to your disposal field as raw untreated sewage. This can contain pathogens that can seep into the water table. Solids can also block the disposal field which runs the risk of back-up and flooding into the surrounding soil. 

It is significantly more expensive to repair blocked drains and replace disposal fields than it is to service your septic tank so you should have your tank serviced every 2-5 years. Septic tank cleaning and treatment avoids a build-up of sludge at the bottom of your tank and eliminates anything that may be killing good bacteria.

WasteCo has been cleaning septic tanks for residential customers across Canterbury and is committed to safe and eco-friendly liquid waste disposal. Need to book septic tank emptying at your place? Contact us today.

Each septic tank is pumped thoroughly and further flushed if necessary

The main purpose of pumping a septic tank is not to pump out the liquids, as is commonly thought, but to pump out the solids.

After your tank is pumped the first time, it will be inspected to see how many solids remain in the tank, and back-flushed accordingly to ensure everything is broken up. The number of times your tank needs to be flushed will depend on its condition and will be assessed during the cleaning.

Other easy ways to ensure your septic tank is performing properly

There are many things you can do to keep your septic tank functioning as intended. The following tips are easy to implement and quick to put into practice:

  • Use biodegradable detergents and avoid putting harsh chemicals such as paint or bleach down your drain
  • Place disposable nappies, wet wipes, pads or tampons into your bin and not down the toilet
  • Avoid using a waste disposal unit such as an Insinkerator
  • Use water wisely by limiting shower-times and making sure you have no leaks
  • Do not flush food grease down your kitchen sink
  • Keep downpipes away from the disposal area, or tank area, to prevent it from getting too wet
  • Avoid planting shallow-rooted plants or dense grass over your disposal area

Lastly you should arrange to have your septic tank pumped regularly – contact WasteCo to book your tank in for servicing.

Ensure your business is compliant with regular grease trap cleaning

  • Maintaining grease traps is an important part of running a food-based business
  • WasteCo offers regular grease trap cleaning
  • All waste is professionally removed and disposed of

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Balclutha Christchurch Nelson Oamaru Timaru
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