6 Major Signs Your Septic Tank Needs Emptying
Septic Tank Needs Emptying

As a homeowner, you are responsible for maintaining your property, including the septic system. Therefore, it is vital to empty the septic tank every two or three years to prevent damage. 

A few signs will indicate a sooner emptying of your tank is needed. If you have these six signs, it is time to call an expert plumber right away.

  1. Bad odour

If you find that your bathroom sinks and shower are giving off a foul odour, it might be time to empty your septic tank. This is primarily the result of backup from your drainpipe into the tank. You will know when this happens if you notice a strong foul odour, particularly at night when there isn't much running water.

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How to Prevent Drains Becoming Blocked or Clogged
Blocked Drain Advice

Here at RMS Waste, we specialise in offering waste disposal and drain services. Today we are going to focus our attention to preventative measures. We will cover how to prevent drains becoming blocked or clogged, as well as what to do to address any surface level build-up, and advice about what to do if your drain does get clogged up or blocked.

Catch The Clogging Culprits

In order to avoid having blocked drains, it’s important to catch whatever may clog your drains in the first place. This means using a drain protector in your sinks and scraping food into your waste or compost before rinsing plates. 

Before showering and washing your hair, comb it through (especially if your hair is long), beforehand so that any loose hairs will avoid building-up in the plughole. Make sure to clear your plughole after use, to catch any stray hairs that could build up into a blockage.

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What happens in a CCTV drainage survey?
CCTV Drain Surveys

If you have never heard of a CCTV drain survey, it may sound strange to you, but it is actually a nifty way to see what is happening in any drain and can save the hassle of excavation or damage.

Here at RMS Waste, we would like to help you understand what happens in a CCTV drainage survey. Please read on to understand more about this essential tool.

To explain in simple terms, a CCTV survey is a thorough inspection of a drainage system, using a state-of-the-art waterproof CCTV drain camera.

The cameras are inserted into pipelines and sewer systems; while an engineer views the images through a live feed, giving access to the identification of any issues or faults.

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What are Oil and Water Separators?
Oil and Water Separators

Here at RMS Waste, we specialise in offering waste disposal and drain services. As part of our range of products and services, we offer oil and water separators. Today we are going to focus on what oil and water separators are exactly.

We will cover why you might want to separate oil and water, how this product works to do so, and what types of separators there are.

Whilst oil and water have a gravitational difference that means oil tends to float to the top of the surface of water, due to the nature of wastewater, which is suffused with a multitude of contaminants, smaller droplets can be more difficult to separate, though gravity still plays a role in the process of the separation we are going to dicuss.

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How Do Road Gullies Work?
Road Gullies

On rainy days, gullies clear the road’s surface of excess water and stop leaves, mud, and debris from entering the drainage system. At RMS Waste, we offer a range of drainage and waste disposal system services, including car park and road gully cleaning. Today, we are going to look at how road gullies work and the maintenance services we offer from our base in Hampshire, Southampton.

What Are Road Gullies?

Even if you are responsible for drain maintenance, you may not know which part of the system is the gully. Road gullies are concrete or plastic basins with open tops, bases, and an outlet on at least one side. They lie under the ground and connect drains to storm water outlets, covered by iron grates that catch litter and stop waste products from entering the system.

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How Do Septic Tanks/Cesspools Get Emptied?
Septic Tanks

Flushing away toilet waste is not something that people often like to think about!  As the saying goes, ‘out of sight, out of mind’.  For a property that has a mains sewage system, this is a reasonable statement, in the sense that unless something goes wrong, like a leaking pipe, you can leave the system to function for years or decades without any worries. 

But if you have a septic tank or a cesspool, it is not quite true – ‘out of sight, out of mind’ could lead to expensive and smelly problems.  It is recommended that you have these emptied regularly, with a frequency that depends on the size of the tank, the amount of use and the number of people.

At RMS Waste, we specialise in a range of services for waste products, including septic tank emptying services.  But how exactly are these systems emptied?  To understand that you need to understand what each one is and how it works.

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What is Sewage Treatment? | Ultimate Guide for Sewage Treatment

Sewage treatment is the process of removing contaminants from wastewater. 

After the wastewater has been collected, it is sent to a sewage treatment plant. The first step in the process is called primary treatment, which removes about 60% of the organic matter and about 30% of the suspended solids. The next step is called secondary treatment, which removes more than 90% of the organic matter and suspended solids. This leaves a sludge that can be used as fertilizer or fuel. Finally, the tertiary treatment removes any remaining pollutants by using different processes like chemical addition or biological filtration. 

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