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Your Septic Tank Cleaning Questions Answered

Updated: Jul 4

Cork drain cleaning expert cleaning a septic tank

For homeowners, proper septic tank maintenance is an absolute must. If properly serviced and cleaned, a septic tank should last for decades. However, a neglected septic tank can cause untold trouble to a property. Problems can manifest as drainage issues, overflows and even foul odours around the tank.

That's not to mention the financial cost of repairing or even replacing a septic system. We highly recommend cleaning your tank to avoid unnecessary expenses related to tank problems. Of course, as one of Cork's most established septic tank cleaning companies, we often field questions related to tank maintenance. Therefore, for clients' peace of mind, we've compiled some of the most common questions and added them to this blog. Of course, this isn't an exhaustive list. If you have an enquiry that isn't answered below, please contact us today.


How much for septic tank cleaning?

The cost of a septic tank cleaning can vary depending on the location, type and size of the septic tank in question. In Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates septic tanks and wastewater treatment systems, and a registered septic tank inspector must inspect them every 3 to 5 years.

To ensure the continued competency of your septic tank, please schedule regular cleaning with Cork Drain Cleaning.


How often should septic tanks be cleaned?

The frequency of cleaning a septic tank depends on several factors, such as the size of the tank, the number of people living in the household, and the amount of wastewater produced. Generally, septic tanks should be inspected and cleaned every 3 to 5 years. This will help ensure that the tank is functioning correctly and prevent any issues from arising. However, if your household is more extensive, generates more wastewater or has other factors that can contribute to an increased rate of solids accumulation, you should have it cleaned more frequently. If in doubt, please consult Cork Drain Cleaning. Our experts will be able to organise a unique cleaning schedule that suits the individual needs of your tank.


Where are septic tanks usually located?

Septic tanks are typically located underground, near the house or building they serve. The exact location of the tank will depend on the property's layout and the septic system's design. The septic tank is typically buried in the ground near the main sewer line that exits the house. The drain field, which is the area where the effluent from the septic tank is dispersed, is typically located some distance away from the house to prevent contamination of the soil and groundwater. The location of the drain field must be approved by the local authority and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

As we mentioned in the opening paragraph, the above isn't an exhaustive list. You're sure to have more questions about your specific tank's needs. Our team are more than happy to speak to you on the phone and answer your individual questions, so please get in touch with us now. We're available to clients in Cork and all over Munster.

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