Using internal mechanisms, a Sewage Treatment Plant works by breaking down solid waste to produce a cleaner, more environmentally friendly effluent.
Wastewater and sewage are supplied to the primary tank, where the solids and liquids disperse. The resulting liquor flows into the biozone chamber. In the chamber, a pump airs the waste and encourages friendly bacteria to condense the organic matter. This breaks down and purifies the result.
As it leaves the final waste chamber, the waste left over is 95% clean and ready for dispersal into local ditches or soakaway systems, subject to consent from the relevant environmental agency.
Sewage Treatment Versus Septic Tanks
People often think of sewage treatment plants and septic tanks as the same product. However, there are a few distinct differences between the two:
A septic tank produces a very polluting waste product, which must be dispersed to a soakaway. Here, the septic pollutants go through further handling by the natural aerobic soil bacteria. Septic tanks also do not use electricity or require servicing. They need emptying just once a year.
On the contrary, a sewage treatment plant churns out a clean, non-polluting effluent (more eco-friendly) which can be discharged directly to a stream ditch or other watercourse. They often require electricity to operate and will also need regular servicing and emptying.
Following new rules which came in place on 1st January 2020, properties with an existing septic tank, who cannot discharge into a drainage field, will need to swap their system over to a sewage treatment plant.
Benefits & Features of Sewage Treatment Plants
- Low maintenance
- Near silent operation
- Improves resale value of property
- Low running costs
- Low energy consumption
- No nauseous smells or pollution to offend neighbours
Signs that your Sewage Treatment Plant is not working:
- Foul smell close to your sewage treatment plant
- Pipework to the tank could be blocked
- Soakaway problems
- Too much effluent (Overloading)
- Sewage pump or blower failing to turn on
- The Blower operating but not pumping air
- The is Pump operating but does not deliver effluent
- The Blower stops and starts erratically
- Pump stops and starts
Home Buyers surveys on non-mains sewage systems
Buying a new home is a huge financial investment and if there is a non mains sewage system in place at the property it is prudent to have a survey carried out on the sewage system to ensure that there is no hidden additional costs once you have purchased the property. We, at MasterBlaster can carry out a full investigative report detailing any concerns, potential problems, and associated repair costs.
With an experienced team of engineers, we can deliver industry leading sewage treatment plant installations so you can be assured your off mains drainage is safe, compliant, and eco-friendly.
When it comes to off mains drainage, you want experience, professionalism, and compliance. Our specialist services cover all of Northern Ireland.
Call our experienced high-pressure jetting engineers today and arrange an appointment to clear your drains.