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Lehane Environmental,

Unit 5, Wallingstown Ind. Est.,

Little Island,

Co. Cork.

(T) 021 4351020 / 1850 730 730

(F) 021 4351021

(E) info@lehaneenvironmental.com


 

 
 

SEPTIC TANK CLEANING

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I register my Septic Tank?

Householders can now register their treatment systems. 

Online - www.protectourwater.ie - by credit card/debit card.

By Post: Registration forms are available online;

from City/County Councils; Libraries; Citizen Information Centres or

Lo Call 1890 800 800.

Further info available here

It was necessary to register on/before 1st February 2013 to ensure that you are eligible for Grant Aid should your Septic Tank fail inspection and require remedial work.

Latest figures (30/01/13) indicate that 350,000 people (70%) had registered their systems. Census 2011 indicates that there are about 497,000 septic tanks and similar systems in Ireland.  Almost 12,000 householders registered online on 31/01/2013.

What can I expect from an Inspection?

Inspections will be objective and evidence-based. Householders can be assured that if their systems are working properly and are being maintained, they need not be concerned. There will be a proportionate and risk-based approach to inspections, which will be targeted towards areas where drinking water sources or habitats are at risk from septic tank discharges.

When will the Inspections commence?

Inspections under the new legislation will probably not commence until 2013 and details will be made available at that time in the national and local media. Householders should take care not to allow uninvited persons, or persons claiming to be septic tank inspectors, to enter onto their property in advance of the launch of inspections. Householders will be formally notified by their local authority if their domestic waste water treatment system is to be inspected and inspectors will be required to carry identification and to present this on request to householders.

Will my existing system be expected to meet 2009 Code of Practice?

The Department of Environment have stated "There is no question of imposing modern standards, for example those set out in the EPA’s 2009 Code of Practice, to older systems." Nor is there any question of householders having to acquire additional land to facilitate remediation work. Where an on-site system fails an inspection, the remediation work required will be based on factors such as the nature of the problem, the extent of risk to public health or the environment, existing site size and the hydrological and geological conditions present.

Will there be Financial Support available to those who require it?

In December 2012, The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Phil Hogan, T.D., has announced a grant scheme to provide financial assistance to households whose septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems, require remediation or upgrading following inspection under the Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012.

Household Income % Costs Available Maximum Grant
Up to €50,000  80%  €4,000
 €50,001– €75,000  50%   €2,500

The Minister went on to state..."Even though most of the deficiencies with septic tanks are likely to be remedied by routine maintenance including regular desludging, I am making this announcement today to reassure people that they will be assisted in meeting the costs of any remedial works that may be necessary arising from the implementation of the 2012 legislation." 

However, there is a strict condition of eligibility for grant aid which is that your Septic Tank was registered on/before 1st February 2013.

How often should a Septic Tank / Treatment Plant be emptied? 

The EPA recommend that septic tanks / treatment plants need to be emptied every 1 to 2 years, depending on tank size, number of people using the system, manufacturers requirements and the amount and type of solids entering the tank.

What does the Service consist of? 

Lehane Environmental carry out the following as part of our service 

  • Empty your Septic Tank / Treatment System 
  • Dispose of sludge from the tank to a Licensed/Permitted Treatment Facility listed on our Waste Collection Permit
  • Issue a Certificate of Disposal to the householder

I cannot locate the manhole cover. Can the Septic tank be emptied through the vent pipe? 

No, the septic tank cannot be emptied properly through the vent pipe. If the tank is emptied through the vent pipe it is not possible to take out the sludge from the bottom of the tank which is the main purpose of emptying the tank. Often the manhole cover is covered over by grass. You will need to expose the manhole cover so the  septic tank can be emptied properly.

How far away from the house can the tank be for it to be emptied? 

The septic tank should ideally be located within 60 feet of where the truck can park. If the tank is further away than 60feet this is not a problem as once we are notified of this the driver can bring extra hosing.

What sort of access do I need for the truck? 

The truck is the equivalent size to a home heating oil truck. If you have access for an oil truck you have enough access for Lehane Environmental.

What make / model of Septic Tanks / Bio-cycle Units do you empty?

Lehane Environmental empty every type of treatment plant or septic tanks (including but not limited to) the following brands: Klargester, Puraflo, Biocycle, Envirocare, Kielys and many more. If your particular make or model is not on the list, don’t worry, we can empty it.

How do I know if my drain is blocked?

Some indications of a blocked drain:

- when you flush the toilet, the water level rises but eventually seeps down

-  waste is backing up in any one of or all of toilets/sinks/showers/bath/outside drain

- odours in the house

What causes blockages?

- build up of fats/grease from dishwasher

- build up of detergent from washing machine

- build up of hair together with shampoo,conditioner, shower gel

- baby wipes, nappies, female hygiene products

- collapsed pipe/damaged pipe (roots of trees, etc)

- recent construction work - grout, cement, etc

- excessive amount of toilet paper

- Toys ! lego blocks, dinkys, dolls...

What can I do about an odour?

We would recommend a CCTV survey which will show the condition of the drains and help identity any problems with the drains such as collapsed pipes, root interferance, build up of fats/grease, etc.  Any number of items can cause an odour -

- broken pipe / dip in pipe and therefore stagnant waste holding in pipe

- dead rodent

What is a ‘domestic waste water treatment system’

A system involving physical, chemical, biological or thermal processes, or a combination of such pro- 10 cesses, utilised for the treatment or disposal of
domestic waste water, or the sludge derived from domestic waste water, and includes—

(a) all septic tanks and waste water tanks and systems receiving, storing, treating 15 or disposing of domestic waste water and all drains associated with such tanks or systems, and
(b) all drains associated with the discharge of domestic waste water, whether or 20 not they discharge to a septic tank or waste water tank;

Tips for Preventing Blockages:

These are measures that can be taken to guard against the inconvenience of a blocked or structurally defective drain:

  • Regularly flush basin / bath / shower / pipework with disinfectant to clear soap residue.
  • Keep objects such as bottles, jewellery, toys away from where they could fall into the toilet.
  • To remove scale build up (in hard water areas) from a shower head (reducing flow and looking unpleasant) fill a plastic bag with vinegar and tie it around the shower head - this will dissolve the mineral deposit.
  • Don't use your toilet as a bin. Flushing solid waste items (nappies, wipes, cotton buds, sanitary towels) down the toilet is a fast route to causing a blocked drain. Keep a waste bin in the bathroom and use that instead.
  • Run hot water down the drain on a regular basis (weekly) - this will help prevent drain blockages and keep the drain free flowing.
  • Fit strainers to the plug holes in sinks, baths and showers. This will prevent most debris from entering the drain [such as matted hair or broken soap]. Make sure you empty out the strainers when they are full.
  • Do not dispose of food scraps down the kitchen sink. Pull scraps out of the plug hole, don't poke through.
  • Never dispose of cooking fats down the drain system. As they hit cold water they will solidify
  • Keep drain grids free of leaves, moss and regularly wash down with hot water and disinfectant.
  • Check drains are free-flowing by periodically lifting drain covers
  • Check gutters and downpipes twice a year. Remove any debris with a trowel