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Septic Tanks Plymouth,

Devon & Cornwall

Drain & Tank Engineering Ltd specialise in the maintenance and emptying of septic tanks in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall. Our team of professional engineers can install, empty, repair and clean septic tanks at competitive prices. To book an engineer or arrange a no-obligation estimate, please get in touch.

Septic Tank Repairs

As septic tanks are buried underground, it can be difficult to know if and when they are faulty. Tell-tale signs that can indicate you need septic tank repairs include:

  • Wastewater backing up into the property
  • Spongy ground around the tank
  • Very green grass growing above the tank
  • Foul odours


If wastewater is backing up through the pipes into your home or business this could indicate that your tank is overfilled. Alternatively, it could be down to a blocked pipe. Pipes can easily get blocked if material such as wet wipes or sanitary products are flushed away.

Spongy patches and lush green grass in the ground around the tank can indicate that your tank has a leak. A leak could occur for various reasons such as deterioration of the tank or damage from root ingress. You may also notice a foul odour which is a significant indicator that your septic tank is faulty and needs inspecting by a professional. 

septic tanks under the ground
septic tank being emptied

Septic Tank Emptying

It is important to arrange septic tank emptying regularly to ensure your sewage system functions as it should. A septic tank works by separating the water from the solid waste and it is only the wastewater that escapes into the drainage field or soakaway system. When your tank is emptied a long hose is inserted into the tank which sucks up the solids into our specialist tankers. To book septic tank emptying in Plymouth, Devon or Cornwall, get in touch with the team.

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How Often Do I need My Septic Tank Pumped?

Septic tank pumping is recommended annually. If the tank is not emptied annually it can cause the soakaway to fail and a new soakaway will need to be installed. 

Regular pumping of your septic tank will keep it functioning as it should. In addition, it will avoid problems such as foul waste backing up through pipes into your property. It will also prevent overflow, which if happens, can pose a pollution risk to local watercourses, not to mention cause unpleasant odours around your home.

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Cesspit and Septic Tank Jetting

Our team also provide cesspit and septic tank jetting. Jetting will thoroughly clean the inside of your tank. It will also dislodge blocked waste from pipes to ensure the pipes are free from blockages.

Contact Drain & Tank Engineering Ltd

Contact Drain & Tank Engineering Ltd if you require maintenance, repair or emptying of septic tanks in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, provide expert advice and arrange a visit from an engineer at a time and date to suit you.