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Dangers with Septic Tanks and Sewage Treatment Plants

DT Groundworks Ltd

Owners of septic tanks may find that they forget they’re there, whether it’s because they’re so used to having one or they’ve never had one before so the thought never comes to their mind. This can, of course, be an advantage for them but only as long as they are running under normal conditions.

But no matter how well your septic tank is fitted, eventually, it will run into problems – either the septic tank itself or the soak away system or both – because that is the nature of them.

We believe it is worth knowing what the potential issues with a septic tank can be so that you’re not caught off-guard when something does go wrong.

Let’s get into some of the potential problems you could face.


This is one of the most common problems anyone can face with a septic tank or sewage treatment system. Blockages can occur in the pipe that connects your home plumbing to your septic tank and this is one of the easiest problems to solve within your septic tank system. Although, you may find that is harder to fix if it is not caused by household waste and occurs due to tree roots growing into the drainage pipes. In that case, you need to get a professional to find the best way to resolve this issue.


During an exceptionally wet period, you may find that your drainage system may overflow with effluent appearing at ground level or your pipes becoming backed up. If your septic tank effluent somehow finds its way into local streams, no matter how this happens, you should know that it needs to be replaced by a sewage treatment plant due to the new septic tank regulations that are coming into place in 2024.

Pro-Tip: If you need help with septic tank survey in West Yorkshire to avoid any nasty septic tank lurking problems. Call us.


Improper maintenance of your soak away system can lead to the surrounding soil becoming clogged with sludge and scum that has not been removed from your septic system on schedule. So the recommendation is that your tank should emptied every 3 years or the build-up can leak into the soak away.

Irregular Maintenance

Usually, the septic tanks only can hold roughly one year’s worth of sludge and should be emptied regularly. This problem can be exacerbated when more people are using the system more regularly. Mostly, this occurs when someone has moved into a house that previously only had a couple of people living in it and this number increases to four or five. If this happens to you, you may find that the septic system cannot keep up with the extra daily flow.

DT Groundworks

DT Groundworks has been part of the Halifax community for several years, working on large and small construction projects for commercial and domestic clients. We are a safety-focused company that wants to work with you and our expert contractors are happy to provide safe, high-quality groundworks for your next project.

Our groundworks services include site clearance, footings, driveways, slabbing, ducting, drainage, foundations, curbing, concreting, footpaths, stables, and arenas.

Contact us for your next domestic or commercial groundworks project and our skilled and experienced staff will be able to help and support you.


DT Groundworks Ltd

We have over 40 years of experience, and leading groundworks contractors in West Yorkshire servicing Halifax and beyond. Our team is capable of offering full project management and is equipped to do any septic tank installation, maintenance, repairs, and groundwork jobs from start to finish with no need for additional contractors.