Septic Tanks

Septic Tanks

If your domestic or commercial property has a septic tank to deal with wastewater then proper care and maintenance is essential. We appreciate that it’s not the most glamorous of subjects to discuss but knowing how to empty, protect and maintain your septic tank can make a huge difference to its efficiency and lifespan.

Tanks can be costly to replace, regardless of size or material, so regular care is a cost-effective way to keep your tank in the best possible condition and functioning effectively. If your tank is not correctly maintained, you could be at risk of fines from the Environment Agency and damaging surrounding property, land, water supplies and wildlife.

You are required to have your tank emptied at least once a year. As a registered waste carrier, Roe Environmental can safely empty and dispose of your waste at a licenced disposal plant. Our team will carefully and courteously empty your tank, ensuring no mess or waste product is left behind. We work quickly and efficiently to minimise disruption to our clients.


Roe Environmental, based in Essex but also covering Suffolk and the surrounding areas, can offer ad hoc, emergency or regular septic tank maintenance and emptying. We deal with all types of septic tanks, including brick, concrete, fibreglass and reinforced plastic. We can empty liquid waste and maintain tanks of all sizes for domestic or commercial properties.

We can also provide a septic tank emptying plan, tailored around your system's specific requirements. Designed to keep your septic tank working efficiently, reliably and legally, our plans include the following:

  • Pre-scheduled emptying of your septic tank
  • Agreed emptying schedule and maximum volumes removed on each visit
  • Further savings when using Direct Debit

Checking For Pollution

You have a legal responsibility and duty of care to check your septic tank and surrounding area at least once a month. You must check for any signs of pollution including:

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, you must check for:

  • Sewage smells
  • Overflowing sludge
  • Signs of white scum or foam on the water around the area where you release sewage

Failure to carry out these regular checks correctly can result in fines from the Environment Agency.

Should you not wish to carry out this task yourself, we offer a monthly tank check service to ensure your tank is working correctly. Contact us to find out how we can take this task off your hands, ensuring your liquid waste is one less thing you need to worry about.

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