Septic Tank Soakaway

Septic Tank Soakaway

Did you know that every septic tank needs a soakaway?

The soakaway is one of the most important components of the septic tank system.

What is a septic tank soakaway?

All house produce wastewater. Wastewater comprises of bath water, toilet water, sink water, shower water, washing machine and dishwasher water.

In many towns and cities, houses discharge into what is called the mains sewer.

Wastewater is discharged from the house into a large sewer pipe buried under the road, and from there eventually makes its way into a sewage treatment processing plant.

A house that is not connected to the mains drainage must have a septic tank and soakaway.

A septic tank is a large underground tank that has an inlet pipe and an outlet pipe.

 Septic tanks come in all shapes and sizes. The size of the septic tank is usually based on the number of occupants in the house or it is based on the number of bedrooms in the property.

The soakaway is a drainage field and is also known as a drainfield or leech field.  

Soakaways can come in many shapes and sizes. Again, the size of the soakaway is usually based on the number of occupants in the house or it is based on the number of bedrooms in the property.

How does a septic tank and soakaway work?

Wastewater from a house is discharged into a large underground tank.  The septic tank fills up with wastewater. After the wastewater reaches the outlet pipe, the excess water enters the soakaway pipes. As it travels along the soakaway pipes it soaks away into the soil.

As the wastewater percolates through the soil the bacteria and microbes in the soil clean it, treating it as it slowly makes its way through the land and eventually ends up in the sea.

So, that is how a septic tank and soakaway works.

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A septic tank soakaway kit is a complete system that comprises of the septic tank, the soakaway, the underground pipework and an inspection chamber.

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