Septic Tanks

Septic Tanks

Septic tanks are usually a two or three chamber tank. Older tanks are usually brick or concrete, with newer ones more likely to be fibreglass or reinforced plastic.

When working correctly a tank will collect the wastewater, separate out the solids and discharge the effluent into the soakaway. If your septic tank is maintained and checked regularly by Roe Environmental Ltd these tanks provide many years of use.


You must have your septic tank emptied at least once a year. We are a company based in Essex that can do this and dispose of the foul waste legally at a licensed disposal plant. We are also a registered waste carrier.

Checking For Pollution

You have a legal responsibility to check the area where you release sewage once a month for signs of pollution. We can also provide a monthly service to do this for you at a very competitive rate.

If you release sewage into the ground, you must check for:

  • sewage smells
  • signs that your sewage isn’t draining properly (e.g. pools of water in the area where you release sewage)

If you release sewage into water, check for:

  • sewage smells
  • overflowing sludge
  • signs of white scum or foam on the water around the area where you release sewage

You could face a serious fine from the Environment Agency if you do not adhere to this.

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